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Ancient History and Archaeology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Pass access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Of the 45 level 3 credits at least 30 should be achieved at merit or higher.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

Extended Project

A

If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject. If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

including Scottish Highers ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AB and above.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels.

UCAS Tariff

104-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Archaeology

Ancient history

Are you fascinated by the ancient world and want to delve deeper?

The pairing of ancient history and archaeology gives depth to your historical investigations. You will study complex societies through their texts, art and architecture. You will also learn archaeological techniques, such as surveying and recording.

The course is structured flexibly, allowing you to progress from key skills, theories and methods, to topic specialisation. You can take:

- a mix of Ancient History and Archaeology modules

- integrated Ancient History and Archaeology modules

- Ancient Greek and Latin modules, from beginners' level to advanced

You will also complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork. You will participate in an approved excavation project, or a related placement, in the UK or overseas.

As a joint honours student, you will benefit from skills development and assessment methods from both subjects.

No prior experience of ancient history or archaeology is required.

Modules

You will take 120 credits of modules each year.

In year one you will study two core modules (80 credits) which give an integrated introduction to the culture and history of Greece and Rome and their reception. You will also study core modules in archaeology, focusing on how we discover, excavate and record archaeological sites, and the archaeology of Britain from prehistory to the Industrial Revolution.

Ancient History route (0-40 credits) - if you choose not to study a language, you will take the Interpreting Ancient Art and Archaeology module plus a further 20 credits

or

Classical language route (0-40 credits) - choose modules appropriate to your level if wish to study either Latin or Greek

There is a requirement for you to complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork or other professional experience, with funding available to support this.

In year two you will take 40-60 credits of core modules covering the general principles, methods and theories of both subjects.

The optional modules are wide ranging across three groups; classical civilisation, archaeology, and integrated.

You also may begin or continue to study Ancient Greek or Latin at the appropriate level of prior language attainment. These modules will be taken in place of other ancient history optional modules

In year three you will write a dissertation in either Ancient History or Archaeology, or you may combine the two. You will choose 80 credits of optional modules from the integrated module group, or maintaining a mix of ancient history and archaeology modules.

As with year two you may begin or continue to study Ancient Greek or Latin at the appropriate level of prior language attainment. These modules will be taken in place of other ancient history modules.

There is a requirement for you to complete 20 days of archaeological fieldwork or other professional experience, with funding available to support this.

Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Humanities, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,000
per year
International
£20,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Classics

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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.

79%
low
Archaeology
85%
med
Ancient history

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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

85%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

History

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

76%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

History

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

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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Lower entry requirements
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