English Literature BA Honours UCAS code Q306

BA Honours
UCAS code Q306
3 Years
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English Literature
Places are limited and entry to the module may be on a
competitive basis.
BA Honours
UCAS code Q306
3 Years
Field trips and events
English Literature has a long and prestigious
history at Newcastle University, having been
taught here for over a century.
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
You will deepen your knowledge of literary
texts and gain you a firm foundation in the
critical and theoretical skills needed to analyse
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
join a work placement in one of the regional
cultural industries.
Quality and ranking
The quality of the English study experience at Newcastle is
recognised with a top 10 UK ranking in The Times/Sunday
Times Good University Guide 2015.
English Language and Literature at Newcastle ranks in the
top 200 universities in the world in the QS World
University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Studying at Newcastle means much more than your time
spent in the classroom or the library. The School organises
regular field trips to cultural venues in the region such as:
The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
Bede’s World
Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books,
here in Newcastle
local museums including Beamish and the Great North
We are home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
(NCLA). This brings internationally renowned writers to
Newcastle, through a year-long festival of readings,
discussion and debate.
The cross-faculty Centre for Research in Linguistics and
Language Sciences also organises a rich programme of
extra-curricular events.
Study abroad
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one
semester in your second year, through the Erasmus
programme. The work that you do and the grades you
achieve are counted towards your final degree.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
has Erasmus links with the following universities:
Leiden in the Netherlands
Peter Pazmany in Hungary
Gdansk in Poland
Ghent in Belgium
We also have study abroad links with two universities in
Canada – Dalhousie and New Brunswick - available through
our Non-EU Study Abroad exchange programme.
Facilities and support
Cultural industries placement
In Stage 3, you have the chance to gain valuable
work-related experience by undertaking a work placement
in one of the cultural industries.
This is an exciting opportunity to relate the knowledge and
skills you have acquired to the work environment, as well as
enhancing your CV.
Your placement will be an integrated part of your degree
which will last for one day per week for about 10 weeks (60
Your placement will be assessed through the submission of
a Project Work Diary and a Final Report which together form
the Placement Portfolio.
As a student at Newcastle, you will be part of our School of
English Literature, Language and Linguistics, which has a
long and prestigious history.
The School occupies its own building, the Percy Building,
in the heart of campus where you will join a lively
community of students, academics, authors and
All of our students enjoy exceptional library provision from
our award-winning University Library Service, which
houses over one million books and a huge range of
electronic resources
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Writing opportunities
Find out more
Newcastle University Students' Union is home to one of
the best student newspapers in the country, The Courier
You also have the opportunity to submit poetry and short
prose for the School's magazine, Alliterati
Personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic
member of staff who can help with academic and
personal issues
Peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can
help you settle in and answer any questions you have
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from
module to module. More information about each module
can be found in the Modules section
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the
outstanding learning experience available to all students
at Newcastle University
Social activities
Lively literary society, EngSoc, which organises social
and academic events around a literary theme, as well as
a Linguistics Society
Active student drama scene on campus, with two
student drama societies open to all
Opportunities throughout the year to get subsidised
tickets for theatre productions in Newcastle
Find out more
Visit the School of English Literature, Language and
Linguistics' website, where you can:
The Old Quadrangle, at the heart of campus
watch video interviews with our current students
watch video interviews with our graduates and find out
what they're doing now
Teaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
The content of all of our degrees is shaped by the
research specialisms of our staff, many of whom are
international leaders in their field. This means you have
access to the very latest ideas and discoveries in your
We focus our research in five key areas:
English Language and Linguistics
Creative Writing
Children's Literature
Teaching methods
You can normally expect to spend around 10 hours per
week attending lectures, seminars, workshops and film
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
Written course work
Group presentations
Discussion-board postings
End-of-semester examinations
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Stage 2
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.
NCL2010 Career Management Module
Please be aware that programme modules do change and
therefore may differ for your year of entry.
Optional modules
You choose one of the following modules (or pair):
SEL3333 File of Original Literary Work
SEL3362 Dissertation in English Literature
SEL3364 Independent Essay I (English Literature) and
SEL3365 Independent Essay II (English Literature)
You choose one module from Group A, one module from
group B and two further modules from Group A or Group
B to make 80 credits in total.
Group A
SEL3301 Shakespeare in Performance
SEL3341 Introduction to Old English
SEL3368 Elizabethan Tragedy
SEL3373 Women of Virtue and Women of Pleasure:
Sensibility in the Age of Reason
SEL3376 Renaissance Literature: Special Topic
SEL3379 Enlightened Romantics: writing on the margins
SEL3383 Traditions and Transformations in Medieval
Group B
SEL3308 Murder, Mystery, Mayhem: British Detective
Fiction, 1850-1950
SEL3309 The Victorian Novel: Fictions of Wealth and
SEL3315 Postwar British Fiction
SEL3319 The Spielberg Generation
SEL3338 Children's Literature: From Islands to Internet
SEL3339 Metropolis: Modernist Cities in Fiction and Film
SEL3340 Journeys of the Imagination in Romantic Poetry
SEL3346 Contemporary Documentary 1: Theory and
SEL3347 Contemporary Documentary 2: Theory and
SEL3356 Madness, Medicine and Modern Literature
SEL3359 Victorian Dream-Worlds
SEL3369 Radical Children's Literature
SEL3378 Landscapes of American Modernism
SEL3384 Filming Literature: A special study in literary
SEL3385 Myth and Magic: Inventing the Past in
Renaissance England
Other optional modules may also be available, including
the following, as well as modules from outside the School
of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
NCL3007 Career Development for final year students
NCL3008 Advanced Career Development
SEL3005 Language Origins and Evolution
SEL3006 Topics in Phonological Theory
SEL3012 Low Educated Second Language and Literacy
SEL3324 The Cultural Industries (Semester 1)
SEL3325 The Cultural Industries (Semester 2)
Stage 1
Compulsory modules
SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies I
SEL1004 Introduction to Literary Studies II
SEL1023 Transformations
SEL1030 Approaches to Reading
Optional modules
You take the following modules:
SEL1000 Introduction to Creative Writing
SEL1031 Drama, Theatre and Performance
Alternatively, you may choose to take 40 credits of
modules offered within Stage 1 of the Combined Honours
degree programme.
Stage 2
Compulsory module
SEL2210 Independent Research Project
Optional modules
You choose two modules from Group 1 and two modules
from Group 2.
Group 1
SEL2201 Writing the Renaissance
SEL2202 Writing New Worlds, 1660-1800
SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789 - 1832
SEL2204 Victorian Passions: Victorian Values
Group 2
SEL2205 Fictions of Migration
SEL2206 Class, Nation and Identity
SEL2207 Modernisms
SEL2216 Poetry, Script and Prose Workshop
SEL2217 Popular Performance Here and Now
You choose a further module from Group 1 or 2 to bring
your total to 120 credits. Other optional modules may
also be available from a list that includes the following, as
well as modules from outside the School of English
Literature, Language and Linguistics:
SEL2000 Phonological Theory
SEL2001 Semantics and Pragmatics
SEL2084 Syntax of the World’s Languages
SEL2086 Introduction to Language Acquisition
SEL2089 Syntactic Theory
SEL2091 Sociolinguistics & the Sociology of Language
SEL2211 Contexts
SEL2212 Topics in the History of English
NCL2007 Career Development for Second Year Students
Stage 3
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Stage 3
SEL3026 The Structure of a Language
SEL3343 Topics in Comparative Syntax
SEL3349 The History of Linguistic Ideas
SEL3352 Language Development
SEL3372 Language and Ethnicity
SEL3381 Linguistic controversies
SEL3382 Change in Modern English
English Language Requirements
For this degree you will need a minimum score of IELTS
7.0 or equivalent.
Visit our International Students web pages to find out more
about our English language admission requirements.
If you need to improve your English language skills before
you enter this course, our partner, INTO Newcastle, offers
a range of English language courses. These intensive and
flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability
for entry to this degree.
Entry Requirements
Find out more:
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.
English for University StudyPre-sessional English
A Levels
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Undergraduate Admissions Policy
• Newcastle University Undergraduate Admissions Policy
2015 Entry (PDF: 109 KB)
AAA-AAB including English Literature or English Language
and Literature at grade A, not including General Studies.
Scottish Qualifications
AAAAB at Higher Grade including English at grade A.
Advanced Higher English at grade A is preferred.
Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
International Baccalaureate
35-36 points with English A1 at Higher level, grade 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1AB-A1A1A1B1B at Higher Level, with minimum
Grade A1 in English.
Access Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction, to include at least 15 Level 3
credits in english literature at Distinction. And 15 level 3
credits at Merit.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC
National Diploma)
Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
Cambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects including English
at grade D3.
ABB including English Literature or English Language and
Literature, not including General Studies.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s
supported entry route for students from identified schools
and colleges. Find out more about the PARTNERS
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
(formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s
supported entry route for students from identified schools
and colleges. Find out more about the PARTNERS
English Language and Literature
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, to think logically and to be able to use
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.
Visit the School of English Literature, Language and
Linguistics website to watch video interviews with former
students talking about their experiences at Newcastle and
their careers since graduating.
Find out more about the career options for English
Literature, Language and Linguistics from Prospects: The
UK's Official Careers Website.
Careers and employability at
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best
records for graduate employment in the UK. 93.7% of our
2013 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or
further study within six months of graduating. More than
three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered
employment achieved a graduate-level position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all
students through an initiative called ncl+ which enables you
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to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and
to give you the edge in the employment market after you
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and
best in the country, and we have strong links with
Scholarships and Financial Support
(International students)
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate
Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family
Discount (IFD).
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
2015 entry:
£9,000 per year
2014 entry:
£9,000 per year
See more information on all aspects of student finance
relating to Newcastle University.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may
increase slightly year on year in line with inflation and
subject to government regulations.
We welcome students from all over the world.
Tuition Fees (International students)
2015 entry:
£12,680 per year
2014 Entry:
£12,075 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
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
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle
University Scholarships in addition to government grants
and support.
Newcastle University Scholarships
Non-repayable grants
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