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Q1R1 - Linguistics with French

Linguistics with French

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: Q1R1
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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This linguistics degree allows you to explore how languages work, develop and are used, alongside the study of French.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18000

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-ABB
  • IB: 34-36 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This four-year Linguistics with French degree concentrates on developing your understanding of how languages function, how we communicate and the growth of language in the brain. You'll explore linguistics in the context of English and French language. You will build a firm foundation of skills and knowledge to pursue many career paths.

You will be able to apply your linguistics learning, knowledge and skills and build your fluency of French from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

In your third year, you'll immerse yourself in French culture as you spend the year in a French-speaking country to help further improve your language skills and confidence.

Our cutting-edge programme – shaped by the research specialisms of our world-leading staff – ensures your studies explore the latest ideas and most exciting areas of linguistics, such as:

  • computational linguistics
  • language variation
  • psycholinguistics
  • theoretical linguistics


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Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

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Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

  • 7th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 94% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • top 150 – Linguistics category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 175 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 5th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Modern Languages)
  • top 10 in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (French and Iberian languages)
  • top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Iberian languages)
  • 6th in the UK for research power – Research Excellence Framework 2014

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

The linguistics topics you study are broadly similar to our Single Honours Linguistics degree. Your language tuition involves two hours a week on speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, taught by a native French speaker.

You'll have a weekly one-hour grammar lesson. You complement this with modules aimed at helping you understand the culture and society of the countries where French is spoken.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Level B (HE Intermediate) French 20
The Nature of Language 20
Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology 20
Introduction to the Structure of Language 2: Morphology and Meaning 20
Language Variation and Change: Dealing with Data 20
Optional Modules Credits
La France de 1789 à nos jours 20
Introduction to Linguistics 20

The linguistics topics you study are broadly similar to our Single Honours Linguistics degree. Your language tuition involves two hours a week on speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, taught by a native French speaker.

You'll have a weekly one-hour grammar lesson. You complement this with modules aimed at helping you understand the culture and society of the countries where French is spoken.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Level C (HE Advanced) French 20
Phonological Theory 20
Syntactic Theory 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition 20
Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language 20
Contexts: Cognition and Computation 20
Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties 20
Monsters, Misery & Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry 20
Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English 20
Experimental Methods in Linguistics 20
Multilingualism 20

You'll continue to study advanced language modules in French, reflecting the fluency you will have gained during your year abroad. An extended project gives you the chance to study in greater depth a topic that you are passionate about.

The remaining half of your topics are optional and are linked very closely to your lecturers’ research specialisms. These currently include syntactic and phonological theory; low-educated second language and literacy acquisition; language origins and evolution; child language acquisition; language change; and discourse analysis.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Optional Modules Credits
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translation & Interpreting 10
Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition 20
Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language 20
Contexts: Cognition and Computation 20
Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties 20
Monsters, Misery & Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry 20
Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English 20
Multilingualism 20
Origins and Evolution of Language 20
Topics in Phonological Theory 20
Immigrant Second Language & Literacy Acquisition 20
Language in the City 20
Accents of English 20
Extended Study 1: Linguistics and English Language 20
Extended Study 2: Linguistics and English Language 20
Old English: Texts and Translations 20
The History of Linguistic Ideas 20
Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches 20
Special Topic in Linguistic Theory 20
Language and Ageing 20
Dissertation 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You can normally expect to spend around 10 hours per week engaging in lecture, seminar and workshop materials, plus weekly study groups.

You also spend around 25 hours per week on class preparation, reading, writing, and other kinds of independent research recommended by your tutor.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

Skills and experience

Practical experience

Studying at Newcastle means you may have the opportunity to attend field trips to local and national points of interest. Previous visits have included:

  • The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
  • Lindisfarne
  • Seven Stories (the National Centre for Children's Books)
  • Beamish Museum
  • the Great North Museum
  • Northern Stage

You'll have access to our award-winning Language Resource Centre and subject to availability may have access to the language laboratories. These facilities support and facilitate your language learning, and encourage cross-cultural communication.

Research skills

You will complete a dissertation in your fourth year, investigating a topic that you are passionate about. You will also be offered a range of opportunities to participate in staff research projects.

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Studying at Newcastle means that I haven't had to choose between my love of linguistics and my love of foreign languages - I can pursue both my passions with the support of two dedicated faculties to guide me.

James, Linguistics with Chinese or Japanese student


You will spend the third year of your degree in a French-speaking country, where you can:

  • study at one of our partner institutions
  • teach English as a foreign language under the British Council assistantship programme
  • take a work placement
  • combine study with work placement

Facilities and environment


You'll be based in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, which is at the heart of our city-centre campus, in the Percy Building. You'll join a lively community of students, academics, authors and professionals.

You'll have access to a digital media lab – for students with documentary and film-making modules – a PC cluster, a student-led cafe, and plenty of spaces to work and socialise, all based in the School.

You will have exceptional library provision from our award-winning Library Service, which houses over one million books and a huge range of electronic resources.

Newcastle University Students' Union is home to the award-winning student newspaper, The Courier, giving you the opportunity to develop your creative writing and journalism skills. 

Our teaching is closely linked to the programme of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), giving you regular contact with leading creative artists. You'll also have access to the diverse programme of events organised by NCLA throughout the year, including spoken-word events and creative writing courses.

Find out more about the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

English students acquire a range of valuable skills, which they can transfer to many different employment situations. Your literary and linguistic training can be used in journalism, librarianship, teaching and the highly competitive fields of writing, acting and directing.

You will also gain other skills such as the capacity to analyse and summarise material, to communicate, to work to a deadline, to argue a case, to work independently as well as collaboratively, and to think logically.

This is excellent preparation for a wide number of professions and as such, our graduates have gone on to a variety of career areas including editorial, marketing, PR and other forms of media. Others have gone to work in law, politics, HR, teaching and supporting specialist learning.

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

34-36 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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.

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