Northumbria University Newcastle - English Language Studies BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

English Language Studies BA (Hons)

With a strong focus on your employability, our English Language degree gets you thinking in a sophisticated way about how language can be interpreted and used to understand human behaviour, psychology, and society.

This approach has led us to achieving a 100% student satisfaction rate (NSS, 2022).

Language and communication is an integral part of our everyday lives. This course opens windows onto the rich variety of linguistics study, from animal communication and theories of politeness to the evolution of English across the globe. Throughout, we emphasize that mastering the study of language can open many doors for you into the world of work. 

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. You can use your degree as a platform to launch a career in an area such as journalism, publishing, advertising, media, PR, cultural administration, finance, law, teaching and the civil service. You can also consider continuing your studies at postgraduate level. If you have chosen the TESOL route then you will be able to move into teaching English as a second or other language.

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

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, small-group workshops and individual tutorials. These will be backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as tutors work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessments will develop your communication skills while also testing your grasp of the learning outcomes for each module. Assessment methods will include presentations, learning diaries, written coursework, exams and a final-year dissertation.

Year One

Understanding English Grammar (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Language and Literature (Core,20 Credits)
Approaches to Language Study (Core,20 Credits)
Doing Linguistics (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Discourse Analysis (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to TESOL Classrooms (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)
Language and Society (Core,20 Credits)
History of English (Core,20 Credits)
Language and Literature (Optional,20 Credits)
Psychology of Language (Core,20 Credits)
The sounds and structures of English (Core,20 Credits)
Critical Approaches to Language Study (Optional,20 Credits)
Classroom Skills for TESOL (Optional,20 Credits)
Student Tutoring (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 Three

English Language Dissertation (Core,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)
Language and Meaning (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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