qv31 - English Literature and History BA

English Literature and History BA Honours

UCAS Code: QV31 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

This Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to explore society through historical evidence and its literary works.

Students are encouraged to make use of the rich historical and literary resources of Newcastle upon Tyne. With over 160,000 books the Literary and Philosophical Society is the largest independent library outside London.

At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35-36 points

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Your module choices span centuries and continents, giving you the chance to study history and literature from around the world, and from the Dark Ages to the contemporary era.

Your modules will dovetail, enabling you to explore topics from both a literary and historical perspective. For example, you might study:

  • colonial India alongside postcolonial Indian literature
  • postwar Britain alongside that period's representation in film
  • the history of Victorian Britain alongside the Victorian novel

The degree will equip you with a broad range of skills, including close reading and literary analysis, and the ability to evaluate a wide range of historical evidence. You'll have the opportunity to use that expertise in your own personal research projects. 

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You take compulsory modules to equip you with the foundation you need for further study.

Optional modules

You select up to two modules from Lists A and B below:

List A
List B

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 40 credits from List C, and 20 credits from both Lists D and E.

List C
List D
List E

Alternatively, you may replace 20 credits in List C or D with one of the following career development modules:

You take your final 20 credits from either List C, D or E. Alternatively, you may select modules to a maximum of 20 credits from those offered by other schools, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You also take at least 20 credits and not more than 40 credits from Lists F and G below:

List F
List G

Having taken at least one module from Lists F and G, you may also choose to take one of the following:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


English and history careers

As an English and History student, you will develop a broad range of skills which are highly regarded by employers in many sectors, including the ability to:

  • analyse and summarise material
  • work to a deadline
  • critically evaluate evidence, organise ideas and present a coherent argument
  • present complex material accurately, clearly and persuasively

As a result our graduates enter a wide variety of careers, including:

  • finance
  • management
  • information
  • education
  • human resources
  • journalism
  • law
  • media
  • marketing
  • PR
  • politics
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • writing

Qualities such as self-motivation, teamwork and leadership may also be gained through non-academic activities and work experience.

Watch video interviews with former English students talking about their experiences at Newcastle and their careers since graduating on the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics website.

Find out more about the career options for English and History from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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