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A level


Access to HE Diploma


Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal


Extended Project


In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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


Scottish Higher


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Full-time | 2022



Explore the material remains of past societies – from the first hominins millions of years ago to the modern day – with our accredited BA Archaeology degree.

**Exciting career opportunities**

Archaeology is more than studying the past: it’s a discipline that actively prepares you for the job market. You’ll develop an impressive range of practical and academic skills, whether you want to move into the archaeology or heritage sectors or enter a wide range of other industries and careers.

More than 40 major infrastructure projects are planned across the UK over the next 17 years, and archaeologists are required for exploratory excavations and analysis before construction begins. A 2016 report from Historic England found that England's 3,000-person commercial archaeology workforce will need to grow by 25% over the next six years to meet demand.

Many graduates use their breadth and depth of expertise across the humanities and sciences to enter careers such as teaching, policing, industry and commerce.

**Train as an archaeologist at the University of Reading**

- Ranked in the top 10 UK universities for Archaeology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

- Scores consistently between 90-100% for overall student satisfaction (National Student Satisfaction, 2010-2020).

- 97% of our research is judged to be of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

- 94% of leavers are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18; First Degree responders from Archaeology).

Over three years, you’ll learn how to investigate, interpret and present our human past.

Archaeology at Reading also allows you to put your learning into practice, through excavations, surveying or GIS (geographic information systems), and make a direct contribution to new subject knowledge.

By studying human development, you’ll understand how critical issues of today have roots in the past, and how previous cultures tackled comparable problems.

We’ll support you to develop a broad range of subject-specific and transferable skills that span the humanities and sciences. Your learning will encompass:

- the investigation of artefacts recovered through excavations and standing monuments

- the rise of organised religion through to the Crusades

- handling human remains to learn about burial archaeology

- examining how ideas of gender are reflected and imposed through the material world

- how climate and environmental change has impacted lives past and present

- how stories about the past are conveyed through museums and the media.


Our BA Archaeology degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Our courses were among the first courses to be recognised for providing key skills relevant to careers in the historic environment.

At Reading, you’ll be offered student membership of CIfA, giving you access to their e-learning modules, specialist professional networks and details of jobs in the profession.

**A supportive, collaborative learning environment**

We’re an international, research-intensive department, whose expertise spans the humanities and social sciences. You’ll learn about global issues, enhanced by the latest developments and thinking within social and scientific archaeology.

You'll also have the chance to join RUined, a student-run society for students passionate about archaeology.

**Field School**

One of the highlights of our archaeology degrees is the Archaeology Field School – an opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop specialist skills.

Gain hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation, including:

- excavation

- surveying

- geophysics

- mapping

- planning

- finds processing

- studying ancient plant and animal remains.


Sample modules may include:

* Revolutions in Human Behaviour: 4 Million Years BC to the Present
*Post-excavation: Assessment, Analysis and Publication in the Profession
*Archaeology and Heritage: Past, Present and Future
*Early Empires: Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome
*The Archaeology of Crusading

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

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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.

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

History and archaeology

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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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