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Archaeology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Pass access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Of the 45 level 3 credits at least 24 should be achieved at merit or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3-M2,M2,M2

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

32-30

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-B,B

including Scottish Highers ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades BB 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

96-141

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Archaeology

**Course overview**

Archaeology covers the entire span of human history - from the rise of early civilisations and empires to the development of the modern world. We are constantly making new discoveries that change our understanding of past human societies. Our research is helping us to understand current issues such as environmental change, and food sustainability.

On this course you will combine approaches from both the humanities and the sciences, gaining skills in our specialist research laboratories and during fieldwork. Using your foundation knowledge from year one, you will select specialisms to complete your degree. Choose from modules on human bones or medieval castles for instance. You will also undertake a fieldwork placement, either in the UK or overseas.

Throughout, you will gain an understanding of archaeological theory and practice, and a broad view of human culture from around the world. You will also be able to complement your archaeological knowledge with modules in other subjects, such as history of art, languages, and theology.

No prior experience of archaeology is required.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year. You may also combine Archaeology with Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Geography, or History in our joint honours programme, or study alongside multiple disciplines in our BA Liberal Arts.

Modules

In the first year, you’ll be introduced to the discipline of archaeology: understanding the past through the study of its material remains. This is achieved by studying the general principles and methods of how archaeological sites and remains are recovered and interpreted and by seeing how our knowledge of the development of Europe and the Mediterranean, from prehistory until the Middle Ages, is illuminated by archaeology. During years two and three, you will have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of archaeology that are of most interest to you. Optional modules include Rome and the Mediterranean, The Medieval World and Prehistoric Italy.

Tuition fees

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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 and Archaeology

TEF rating:
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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

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

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.

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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