This degree explores the English language, which has over 330 million native speakers, and 810 million who speak it as a second language. If you want to find out more about how people learn and use English, and how the language has evolved over time, this is the degree for you.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
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You will examine:
- how the English language is acquired and develops in the mind
- social, regional and stylistic distinctions
- the grammatical structure of English and general phonetics/phonology
- social and historical contexts in which the English language has changed and developed
- methodologies for studying the human language faculty
The degree includes a strong element of linguistics (the scientific study of language), drawing on our considerable expertise in this area.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
The quality of the English study experience at Newcastle is recognised with a top 20 UK ranking in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
We also achieved a very impressive 90% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016.
English Language and Literature at Newcastle ranks 3rd overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Cultural industries placementCultural 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 hours). It will be assessed through the submission of a Project Work Diary and a Final Report which together form the Placement Portfolio.
Places are limited and entry to the module may be on a competitive basis.
Field trips and eventsField trips and events
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
- local museums including Beamish and the Great North Museum
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 extracurricular events.
Study abroadStudy 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