qv31 - English Literature and History BA

English Literature and History BA Honours

UCAS Code: QV31 (full time: 3 Years)

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


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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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In order to ensure we keep our courses fresh, exciting, and reflective of the latest research developments, we regularly review and update our course content and structure. Full details of our BA English Literature and History for students beginning in 2020 will be available on our website in October 2019. 

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 a historical perspective. For example, you might study:

  • colonial India alongside postcolonial Indian literature
  • the history of Victorian Britain alongside the Victorian novel
  • life in Anglo-Saxon England and the heroes and monsters of Anglo-Saxon poetry

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. 

Highlights of this degree

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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

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

Optional modules

You select two modules from List A and List B below:

List A
List B

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take two modules, and may take up to three, from List C. You take one module, and may take two from Lists D and E.

List C
List D
List E

With Degree Programme Director approval, you may choose on module from other subject areas. Alternatively, you may 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

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You also take one or two modules (running in Semester 1 and Semester 2) from Lists F and G below:

List F
List G

With Degree Programme Director approval, you may choose a module from other subject areas. Alternatively, you may take one of the following modules:

* Only available if you have taken 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.


    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. 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.

    Fees & Funding



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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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