If you are independently minded and enjoy studying and mastering more than one subject, you will find Combined Honours at Newcastle has plenty to offer.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 34 points
You have unrivalled flexibility to choose topics from our Single Honours degrees, creating a unique pathway spanning two or three subjects of your choice.
Explore new interests or develop your existing expertise with this intellectually demanding interdisciplinary degree programme.
Study complementary subjects or choose unusual subject combinations to reflect your individual interests and career aspirations.
Features of this degree include:
- more than 20 subjects to choose from
- try new subjects without prior experience
- language learning from beginners' and advanced level
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Combined Honours at Newcastle achieved an impressive 99% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016, ranking us 1st in the UK.
Subject choiceSubject choice
We offer over 20 different subjects, meaning you can create a degree that is as unique as you are.
- combining complementary subjects such as Archaeology, History and Classics
- creating an unusual subject combination such as Business, Politics and Music
- studying a language and spend a year abroad, boosting your confidence and your CV
You will attend the same lectures and classes as a student specialising in each subject, so your studies are at the same academic level as a Single Honours degree.
Some of the subject combinations possible through Combined Honours may already exist as a Joint Honours degree at Newcastle. We may advise you to transfer your application to one of these degrees if that appears a better match for your interests.
Please note: Psychology will not be available as a subject option from 2017 entry.
Flexible degree structureFlexible degree structure
Our flexible degree structure gives you the freedom to try new subjects, without committing to your final subject choice until Stage 2.
In first year, you divide your time equally between the two or three subjects you have chosen. You are also introduced to interdisciplinary thinking to help you truly combine your subjects.
From second year onwards, you can choose how to combine your subjects and how many you wish to study:
- study three subjects in equal proportion
- study two subjects in equal proportion (the joint route)
- spend two thirds of your time on one subject and one third on the other (the major/minor route)
In your final year, you have the option of undertaking a dissertation or project that spans more than one of your chosen subjects or focuses on just one.
Your degree certificate will reference the subjects you studied in Stages 2 and 3, allowing employers to identify your areas of expertise, for example, BA Combined Honours in English Literature and French.
Studying a languageStudying a language
Combined Honours at Newcastle offers six different languages:
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
Most language subjects are available for beginners and those with previous language experience.
If you study a language beyond Stage 1, you will spend a year abroad between Stages 2 and 3, making your degree four years long.
Some rules do apply to language learning on this degree. You may study a maximum of two language subjects together in Stage 1, alongside a third subject. Only one of these languages can be at beginners’ level. It is not possible to study Chinese and Japanese together.
Study abroad / work placementStudy abroad / work placement
Students studying a language
If you study a language beyond Stage 1, you will spend a year abroad, extending your degree to four years. This takes place between Stages 2 and 3.
Find out more about what your year abroad will involve on the Combined Honours Centre website
Students not studying a language
UK and EU students who are not studying a language may also have the opportunity to study abroad through an Erasmus or non-EU exchange (depending on subject choice).
You can substitute one semester of study at Newcastle for one semester abroad or add an extra year to study abroad between Stages 2 and 3.
UK and EU students alternatively have the opportunity to take a year long work placement in the UK or abroad between Stages 2 and 3, regardless of subject combination.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
As a Combined Honours student you will be based in the Combined Honours Centre.
You'll have access to modern teaching and learning facilities. Take a virtual tour on our School website.
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues. You'll also have access to a peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
As well as an active Combined Honours student society, you'll have access to student societies in your chosen subjects, giving you even more opportunities to meet new people.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
As a guide you will normally attend three or four lectures and a similar number of seminars a week.
You are taught by staff from within the different subject areas that you choose to study, which means you learn from specialists in each field.
You have access to a wide range of modules, which includes a variety of assessment methods ranging from course work to examinations.
Stages 2 and 3 students also have access to optional independent research and project-based modules.
If you take a modern language you will spend a year abroad, usually between Stages 2 and 3.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
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Subjects currently available
You can choose to combine two or three subjects at Stage 1 and must continue with at least two of them throughout the remainder of the degree:
Archaeology: Spans prehistoric, Roman and early medieval archaeology, with the opportunity to undertake practical fieldwork.
Business: Covers modules in accounting, economics, marketing and management delivered by Newcastle University Business School. Grade B in Mathematics and English at GCSE (or equivalent) normally required.
Chinese: Concentrates on the practical study of modern standard Chinese (Mandarin), including study at a university in China between Stages 2 and 3. The emphasis is on communication skills and no prior knowledge of Chinese is assumed.
Classics and Ancient History: Covers modules in ancient history, classical world culture, Greek and Latin delivered by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. No prior knowledge is required and all sources of Greek and Latin are studied in translation.
Education: Studying education you will critically engage with important questions such as: what is meant by ‘education’ and what is its purpose? What role is played by socio-cultural factors? What might the future of teaching and learning look like?
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This is available in Stage 1 only, to help support students whose first language is not English.
English Linguistic Studies: Provides an introduction to language study with particular reference to the structure and history of the English language.
English Literature: Offers a choice across a wide range of periods, genres and authors from post-Renaissance English literature. Grade A or B in English Literature at A level (or equivalent) normally required.
Film Studies/Film Practices: Offers an introduction to a wide variety of international film involving some consideration of the history and theory of the medium. Available as a joint or minor subject only (not a major).
French: Involves the practical study of the French language plus a selection of modules from one or more of the following areas: French literature; modern history; film and linguistics. Available at two levels – Level A for beginners (no previous experience required) or Level B for those with grade B in A level French (or equivalent).
Geography: Provides a broad training in human and physical geography. Grade B or above in Geography at A level and grade C or above in Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) normally required.
German: Combines all forms of language work with the study of literature from 1770 to the present day, in addition to options in: medieval and modern literature; politics; history; and film. Available at two levels – Level A for beginners (no previous experience required) or Level B for those with grade B in A level German (or equivalent).
History: Covers a wide range of options in British, European, Russian, Japanese and American history, ranging from the early medieval period to the present day. A Level History (or equivalent) is normally required.
History of Art: Covers painting and sculpture from the Renaissance to the twentieth century and the study of art-historical theory. An A level in one of the following is desirable: Art, Art History, History, English or a language.
Japanese: Concentrates on the practical study of Japanese language, including study at a university in Japan between Stages 2 and 3. The emphasis is on communication skills and no prior knowledge of Japanese is required.
Media and Communication: A rich and diverse area exploring mass media, communication theory and practice, and culture. You study how information is created, managed, promoted, circulated and consumed across contemporary society in a range of cultural industries.
Music: Covers a wide range of modules including the history of music; compositional techniques; analysis; acoustics, and electro-acoustic music. A level Music (or equivalent) preferred. Students are also strongly advised to gain competence in music theory to at least Associated Board Grade V level before starting Music within Combined Honours.
Philosophy: Provides a choice of modules in knowledge and cosmology, and cultural manifestations of rationality, designed to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities.
Politics: Offers a wide range of options spanning the major regions of the world, covering all forms of government and analysing fundamental political ideas.
Portuguese: Combines all forms of language work with the study of literature and/or history of Portuguese-speaking countries (including Brazil). Only available from beginners' level. Available as a joint or minor subject only (not a major).
Psychology: Covers options in general and experimental psychology. Grade A or B in a science (which may include Psychology) A level (or equivalent) is required. Grade B Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) is also required. Not available as a major subject. Please note: this subject option will not be available for students beginning their studies in September 2017.
Sociology: Covers a range of aspects of sociology, anthropology, social policy and social welfare. No previous study in the subject is required.
Spanish and Latin American Studies: Combines all forms of language work with the study of film, literature and history of Spanish-speaking countries, including South America. Available at two levels – Level A for beginners (no previous experience required) or Level B for those with grade B in A level Spanish (or equivalent).
Please note: Most students are able to follow their first choice of subjects. However, subject choice may be constrained by the teaching timetable and capacity on modules.
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 2017 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAB. Specific subjects and grades may be required depending on the combination to be studied.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAABB at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted and at least one Advanced Higher is preferred.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
A minimum of 34 points including at least two subjects at Higher Level grade 6 or above.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3 at Higher Level. Specific subjects and grades may be required depending upon the combination of subjects to be studied.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit. Units which include essay-writing are desirable.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects. Specific subjects and grades may be required depending on the combination to be studied.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification, we will vary our offer to recognise this. Your project can be in any topic.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB. Specific subjects and grades may be required depending on the combination to be studied.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Combined Honours careers
Combined Honours graduates are well placed to enter a wide range of careers, being adaptable, efficient and self-motivated, with a variety of skills and qualities that employers are keen to use.
In the past, our graduates have secured editorial, PR, marketing and other creative careers; teaching and management positions; as well as jobs in large international financial companies. Some go on to study for higher degrees or other postgraduate qualifications.
Find out more about the career options for graduates 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.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18 (subject to government fee regulations and parliamentary approval. If the new regulations are not introduced, the fee will be £9,000).
If you spend a full year abroad, or on a work placement, as part of this degree you will receive a tuition fee discount from the University. The fees you pay depend on the type of placement and whether it contributes to your final degree classification.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
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
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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