y001 - Combined Honours BA

Combined Honours BA Honours

UCAS Code: Y001 (3 or 4 Years)

Course Overview

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.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 or 4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 34 points

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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

Please note: Psychology will not be available as a subject option from 2017 entry.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

Combined Honours offers flexibility that suits me just perfectly. I get to choose most of my modules which means that I get to study something that I really enjoy.

Jesslyn, Combined Honours BA Honours
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Course Details

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.

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 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

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

See further policies related to admission.


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.

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.

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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