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Archaeology

Entry requirements


96 to 112 UCAS points at A2

96 to 112 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

96 to 122 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96 to 112 UCAS points

96 to 112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Archaeology

**Course Overview**

- Jointly accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the University Archaeology UK group (UAUK), with hands-on fieldwork at its core, drawing on humanities, social sciences and science, this course is the ideal start to your career.

- Archaeology is a multidisciplinary practical degree. It produces graduates with sought-after transferable skills including critical analysis, communication and team working. From week one you will be in the field learning these skills on a real archaeological excavation. During the degree you’ll examine and interpret a variety of evidence from human remains, Palaeolithic stone tools, Anglo-Saxon jewellery and the latest ancient DNA evidence.

- As well as lectures and tutorials, you’ll spend time each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on excavations, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting-edge research. Our graduates have been on digs at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Neolithic settlements and tombs in Orkney and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire, to name but a few.

- It’s a wide-ranging and practically based degree that gives you the opportunity to gain vital experience and build contacts with working archaeologists. With the mixture of academic understanding, practical skills and fieldwork experience, you’ll be one step closer to a career in archaeology, museums or academia.

**Why study with us**

- Spend 10 weeks in the field, working on real research excavations across the UK, making significant finds while developing both transferrable skills and knowledge.

- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Archaeology is ranked 1st in England with 98% of students satisfied with teaching (National Student Survey 2020).

- We have state-of-the-art facilities, including an on-campus training excavation site, archaeological science lab, soil flotation unit, dedicated human bone labs, 3D scanners and cutting-edge excavation equipment.

**Further Information**

Progression onto MSci course

- After completing three years of full-time study you’ll have the option to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree. Or you can choose to undertake an additional year of advanced study and graduate with an MSci (Hons) Archaeology degree instead (this normally takes four years to complete in all).

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory modules; The Archaeology of Britain, History of Archaeological Thought, Introduction to Archaeology, Study Skills & IT for Archaeology, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Optional modules (one is selected; not all are available each year), Bones, Bodies and Burials, Museums, Heritage and History, Other electives are available across the University

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Research & Study, Archaeological Fieldwork I, Thinking About the Past: Archaeological Theory,
Optional modules (choose three modules from this list; not all modules are available each year); Environmental Change, Forensic Anthropology, Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland, Roman and Post Roman Britain, Hunter Gatherers: Past and Present, Life and Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Archaeological Dissertation (double module), Archaeological Fieldwork II, Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year); Introduction to Professional Practice, Forensic Taphonomy, Hunter Gatherers: past and present, Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain, Later Bronze Age & Iron Age Britain, Roman and Post-Roman Britain, Life & Death in Medieval Britain, Archaeology of the Modern World, Designing Exhibitions for Museums

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Natural Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
low
Archaeology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Archaeology

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History and archaeology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,100
low
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Natural and social science professionals
8%
Other elementary services occupations

Want to do a job in the arts - with lots of the great outdoors? Try archaeology! There don't tend to be many archaeology undergraduates out there (just under 700 graduated in 2015) - but it's quite a popular subject at postgraduate level. In fact, over a quarter of archaeology graduates take some kind of further study when they graduate - usually more study of archaeology. When you look at the stats, be aware that junior jobs in archaeology are not always well paid at the start of your career, and that temporary contracts are not uncommon. Thankfully, though, unpaid work, whilst not completely gone, is less common than it used to be. The archaeology graduates of 2015 found jobs in archaeology, of course, but also management and heritage and environment work, as well as more conventional graduate jobs in marketing and the finance industry.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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