q306 - English Literature BA

English Literature BA Honours

UCAS Code: Q306 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree provides you with an excellent education in literature, drama and film, combining a flexible approach and wide range of option choices with extensive historical coverage.

Students have the chance to gain valuable work-related experience by undertaking a work placement in one of the cultural industries. The Literary and Philosophical Society, shown in this image, is the largest independent library outside London.

At a Glance


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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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You will deepen your knowledge of literary texts and gain a firm foundation in the critical and theoretical skills needed to analyse them.

We introduce you to a wide range of literary texts – poetry, prose, plays and film – and offer a balance of pre-twentieth-century topics and more contemporary ones.

There are also opportunities to practise creative writing and theatre, to make films or take a work placement in one of the region's cultural industries.

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director, 40 further credits will be chosen from modules outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. Alternatively you may take the following modules:

Stage 2

Compulsory module

Optional modules

You must select two modules, and may take up to three, from Group A and Group B.

Group A
Group B

You can choose one optional module from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director. Alternatively you can take one of the following modules: 

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

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

* SEL2210 is a prerequisite for SEL3362, SEL3405 and SEL3407.

** Only available in exceptional circumstances and with the Degree Programme Director's and Module Leader's Approval.

*** SEL2224, SEL2226 and SEL2227 are prerequisites. You should see your module leader at the end of the semester preceding that in which you propose to study one of these modules.

You must select one module, and may take up to three, from Group C and Group D.

Group C
Group D

Other optional modules may also be available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director. Alternatively you may take one of the following modules:

* Only available when taken with a Career Development module at Stage 2.

    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Careers in English Language and Literature

    Students taking our degrees in Literature, Creative Writing and English Language and Linguistics acquire a wide range of skills, all of them highly valued by employers

    When you study with us, you'll acquire the ability to;

    • summarise, analyse and interpret large volumes of complex information
    • write to a very high standard
    • present ideas and communication effectively
    • work to deadline
    • argue and convince
    • undertake projects independently
    • work collaboratively and to think logically and clearly.

    On graduation, you'll have the experience and abilities needed to succeed in a wide range of professions that include business, public service, media, the arts, marketing and journalism, or go on to specialised training in fields like the law, education or HR.

    Visit the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics to learn more about our subjects and watch our 'Employability and English Challenge'.

    Find out more about the career options for English Literature, Language and Linguistics 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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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.

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    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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    Making your application

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    Application decisions and enquiries

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