Interesting modules with a lot of variety and opportunities, trips abroad with the socities and two weeks of excavation minimum every two years - this year I spent two weeks in Sicily and only had to pay for my flights. Lecturers are helpful and amazing at what they do, as well as sympathetic to any issues that may arise. Only downside is I wish there were more Ancient History modules regarding African and Asian studies. Resources are amazing, including museums and access to the Newcastle Archaeology Society's records.
All mechanical engineering degreess are hard, there is no doubt about it. I personally believe Newcastle have found a great balace of theoretical work with practical application. The inclusion of occasional visits to nearby companies is also very useful to see engineering in day-to-day life, not just learning mechanica from a textbook. Newcastle is great for making you apply situations to the real world, and ultimately that's what I went to University for! Lots of different ways of assessing, mainly based on exams percentage-wise but there are plenty of assignments to keep you ticking over throughout the year.
I really enjoy studying a joint honours course - studying Economics and Maths means I get to study a wide variety of topics. Don't underestimate it though! By studying two different subjects it can be challenging adapting to two different learning styles and lecture formats.
It is a 4 year course with a placement year split over the last 3 years at PwC. It's a tough course with a lot of content to cover coupled with the placements which cover the busy period for PwC meaning that you have to be willing to put in a lot of work to get the most of out of the course. If you're willing to put the effort in you get a huge benefit from this as you graduate with 12 exemptions from the ICAEW qualification and a big chunk of practical work hours where you learn a large amount about the working world and what is expected of you in a working environment.
I would highly recommend the combined honours degree at Newcastle university. The course has provided me with a great deal of flexibility with the modules I've been able to take, and the ability to tailor the content/assessment methods to suit me best. The range of modules I've been able to take have been stimulating and challenging, providing me with a broad skill set to prepare me for the working world. Teaching methods have been varied and innovative, with many opportunities to work in groups and independently. The teaching and support of the staff on combined honours is excellent, and the course has allowed me to explore topics outside of my studies subjects, to pursue topics which are of more relevance to my future career. Overall, I have had a very positive experience of the course and would definitely recommend it to prospective students.
Enjoyed the content of the module yet did not receive enough guidance in how I would be marked and generally how to combine historical context with literary opinion. Additionally, I found it sometime difficult to read one novel a week yet I think I can blame this on my dyslexia rather than the module's structure itself.
Quechua is an indigenous language which is spoken throughout South America, but is sadly dying out. This means that opportunities to learn the language are few and far between. Although hard, this module was my favourite by far. I learned how to have a conversation in the language and for half the year, we had a native speaker holding our seminars. Each lesson consists of focusing on a different module, e.g. family, social life, work, etc. You are given a vocabulary test from each module each once a week to ensure that your learning is quick but effective. The language is hard to speak, as the sounds are so different from Spanish (you must be learning Spanish in order to be able to choose Quechua as a module) but the lessons are genuinely fun and enjoyable, that the difficulty doesn't get you down!
Really interesting content with a diverse range of areas within the entire chemical engineering spectrum. However there needs to be more emphasis on how this can be applied to within industry and how to use the skills learnt in obtain a good graduate job. As there is very little in the way of showing where to go in terms of distinctions.
I think the course structure is very good. We are constantly being assssed every week through some form of coursework. We have online assessments, problem classes, written assignments and mid-term tests for the majority of our modules. For someone like myself who struggle with stress over exams, this course structure really helped me get over my worries and exam and helped me perform well in the end of term exams as I was used to the exam style format. In addition all my lecturers so far have been extremely approachable and are more than happy to answer any queries even during non office hours. They are very keen for our opinion of their teaching style and lectures as they are keen to improve the quality of their teaching.
The course is well structured with 6 modules in total. First year marks counts 1%, second year counts 33% and final year count 77% so definitely work on final year more. 2 forms of assessments for each module are either exams and/ or exams. Lecture and seminar leaders are approachable and helpful. Apart from studying, there are many opportunities outside the class to take part in and gain experience and it is very good for your CV such as Course Rep, School Rep, Ncl+ Award and many more volunteering positions.