English Language BA Honours

Newcastle University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle University

About this program

English Language BA Honours

This English Language BA Honours course ;encourages you to explore the English language in all its diversity – past and present, national and international, offline and online.

You'll investigate how English has developed over time. We'll look at how the language is used to mark regional, social and stylistic distinctions. You will learn from experts and world-leading researchers in English Language and Linguistics.

During this three-year English Language degree, you will:

  • study how English has evolved over time, how it is acquired, and how it develops in the mind
  • examine the grammatical structures and sound systems of different varieties of English
  • explore how historical, social and other contexts impact variation in English
  • learn different methodologies for studying the use and complexities of English

Admission requirements

Entry requirements and Offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.


ABB, excluding General Studies. We welcome candidates with an A Level in English Language, although this is not required. We welcome candidates with an A Level in Psychology, Sociology, Maths, or Science.

International Baccalaureate

34 points.

Candidates who have some background in Maths and Science may be interested in the cognitive/brain science and quantitative elements of the course. Candidates who prefer Arts and Humanities subjects may be interested in the historical, sociological, and literary elements of the course.

English Language requirements

IELTS - Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills.

TOEFL - 100 overall (with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking, and 20 in Writing)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Stage 1

  • The Nature of Language
  • Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology
  • Introduction to the Structure of Language 2: Morphology and Meaning
  • Language Variation and Change: Dealing with Data

Stage 2

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties

Stage 3

  • Career Development for final year students
  • Phonological Theory
  • Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties
  • Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English
  • Experimental Methods in Linguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Linguistic Controversies
  • Topics in Phonological Theory
  • English Grammar through Time
  • Language in the City
  • Extended Study 1: Linguistics and English Language
  • Extended Study 2: Linguistics and English Language
  • Dissertation: Linguistics and English Language
  • The History of Linguistic Ideas
  • Language and Ageing
  • Comparative Syntax: English in a cross-linguistic context
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Pragmatic Theory
  • Child Language Acquisition

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

You can normally expect to spend around 10 hours per week attending lectures, seminars, workshops and film screenings. You also spend around 25 hours per week on class preparation, reading, writing, and other kinds of independent research recommended by your lecturers.


Full time tuition fees

  • Home: £9,250(per year)
  • International: £21,000(per year)

Career paths

English Language and Linguistics students acquire a range of valuable skills which equip them to pursue diverse career paths.

Your training can be used in:

  • teaching English as a foreign language
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • advertising, branding and marketing
  • information services and data science

You will gain skills such as critical reasoning and problem solving, project and data management, oral and written communication, collaboration and independent research.

Our degrees provide excellent preparation for a wide number of professions. With further training, our graduates have also become:

  • lexicographers
  • translators and interpreters
  • speech and language therapists
  • social researchers
  • legal sector workers (including forensic linguists)

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Newcastle University
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne

Phone no: +44 (0)191 208 6000

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