Northumbria University Newcastle - English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

On Northumbria University’s English language and literature course, you will study fantastically stimulating and distinctive modules that range from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction, and from the fundamentals of grammar and syntax to their definition of what the ‘English’ language is.

Northumbria University aspire to help you as you help yourself in becoming a ‘citizen scholar’ who is able to think independently and make your own contribution to the world. As part of this, we ensure that you engage with advanced linguistic concepts and literature from around the world. We also offer options to broaden your experience and cultural sensitivity by studying abroad for a semester in your second year, usually in North America or mainland Europe. This English degree is for you, if you are passionate about understanding language, literature, and how the two connect.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

With highly honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. In recent years, many of our graduates have developed successful careers in marketing, PR, media, journalism, communications, publishing, advertising, education (at various levels), local government, and in both public and private sectors. Others have gone on to postgraduate study.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course Details

English at Northumbria enjoys international recognition for the quality of teaching and research, and our modules are routinely praised by external examiners. Our publications in English and Creative Writing are ranked 15th in the country for their quality, by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our staff actively explore and shape what the disciplines of linguistic and literary study mean in the 21st century, and our expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what we teach and what you learn.

In linguistics, Northumbria has wide-ranging expertise in cognitive linguistics, semantics, pragmatics and English grammar. In literature, our staff research topics from Shakespeare to the modern graphic novel.

Year one

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core,20 Credits)
Understanding English Grammar (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Language and Literature (Core,20 Credits)
Approaches to Language Study (Core,20 Credits)
Talking Texts (Core,20 Credits)
Gothic Stories: Nineteenth Century to the Present (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Humanities Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional,40 Credits)
Early Modern Cultures (Core,20 Credits)
Modernism and Modernity (Core,20 Credits)
Poetry: Tradition and Experiment (Optional,20 Credits)
Tragedy (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Society (Core,20 Credits)
History of English (Core,20 Credits)
Language and Literature (Core,20 Credits)
Literary Revolutions, Eighteenth Century to Romanticism (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Three

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

English Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Vamps and Virgins: Gothic Sexualities (Optional,20 Credits)
Sin, Sex, and Violence: Marlowe in Context (Optional,20 Credits)
The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race (Optional,20 Credits)
English Language Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Second Language Acquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
The origins and evolution of language (Optional,20 Credits)
World Englishes (Optional,20 Credits)
Variation, Change and Corpus Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Social Disadvantage (Optional,20 Credits)
Postwar US Writing (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Meaning (Optional,20 Credits)
Twenty First Century Literature: Writing in the Present (Optional,20 Credits)
From Jane Austen to Austenland: Representing the Regency in Literature and Film (Optional,20 Credits)
Making Books (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing Women: Aphra Behn in Focus (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing and Environment (Optional,20 Credits)
Thieves, Harlots, Pirates, Murderers: Criminal Lives in the Long Eighteenth Century (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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