Archaeology

BA, DipHE, CertHE, 1-6 years, by distance learning

This is for you if...you want to develop your understanding of the lives and societies of the past, along with the flexibility of studying by distance learning.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to key themes in the study of archaeology and enable you to further your knowledge of the wide chronological and geographical range of the discipline. You will develop your ability to draw upon appropriate archaeological theories, methods, techniques and concepts in order to develop your understanding of the past through material culture and other residues.

Throughout your degree there are several opportunities for you to develop and enhance your practical skills through fieldwork and laboratory work.

This course is based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research. Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge of your chosen topic.

We will provide you with an intellectually challenging and stimulating curriculum that draws on the expertise of Archaeology and Ancient History members. We have a proven track record of successfully delivering distance learning courses that will help you gain the transferable skills necessary for successful career development or further academic study. As a result, our courses are highly valued by employers, who recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

For more information on how distance learning works at the University of Leicester, please visit our Distance Learning pages.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time rather than part-time, please contact that Distance Learning Hub on artshumsdl@le.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)116 252 2903 or 5365 or 3783. 

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Facts
Start date
February, June and October each year
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History
Contact

Distance Learning Hub Administrators
+44 (0)116 252 2903 or 5365 or 3783
artshumsdl@le.ac.uk

Join us for a live online chat

Archaeology and Ancient History website



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Why Leicester?

Our distance learning courses are written and taught by academic staff with specialisms in the subject area. All our teaching is informed by our own original research.

Students from more than 25 countries have chosen to study archaeology by distance learning with us.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester achieved 95% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2015, with 100% for staff enthusiasm.

We are the world leaders in archaeology and ancient history courses by distance learning. This is not just a marketing boast – we have been teaching students by distance learning for nearly 20 years.

Course Structure

Level 1

Level 1

Full-time Year 1; Part-time Years 1 and 2

The BA in Archaeology is made up of three levels, with each level taking two years for part-time students to complete, or one year for full-time students. Each level consists of six modules, lasting 12 weeks each, with short breaks in between. Part-time students study each module in turn, whereas full-time students study two modules at a time.

Core module

Option modules

Choose five option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Level 2

Level 2

Full-time Year 2; Part-time Years 3 and 4

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Level 3

Level 3

Full-time Year 3; Part-time Years 5 and 6

Core modules

Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 6 February 2017
Application deadline for February 2017: 2 January 2017

Start date: 6 June 2017
Application deadline for June 2017: 1 May 2017

Start date: 2 October 2017
Application deadline for October 2017: 4 September 2017

Field School and Lab Session

The compulsory Level 2 Field School module gives you the opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience in a number of aspects of survey and excavation. You can participate in the week-long field school that we organise each year at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, or opt to make your own fieldwork arrangements.

The compulsory Level 3 Archaeological Practice module requires attendance at a week-long practical laboratory-based session at the University of Leicester. This lab session is held in May of Year 5 or 6 if you are a part-time student, or in May of Year 3 if you are a full-time student.

What's the Difference?

BA/Diploma/Certificate

If you know from the outset that you can’t, or don’t want to, commit to a full BA, you can apply for the Certificate or Diploma only. Similarly, if for any reason, after you have applied, you are unable to complete the full BA course, you can opt to leave at the end of Level 1 with a Certificate or at the end of Level 2 with a Diploma.

Levels and Qualifications

  • Level 1 - Certificate (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
  • Levels 1 and 2 - Diploma (2 years full-time, 4 years part-time)
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 - BA (3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)

Perhaps you don’t want a formal qualification, but would just like to study archaeology or ancient history for interest? It's possible to study up to two Level 1 or 2 modules without registering for a formal qualification. Successful completion of an associate module will entitle you to a transcript formally recording your achievement and you may be able to count the credits achieved on that module towards further undergraduate study at Leicester or elsewhere at a later date.

If you have studied Archaeology at undergraduate level before, it may be possible for you to transfer the credits from your previous study. For example, if you already hold a Certificate in Archaeology, you may be able to enter the courses at the Level 2/Diploma stage. In order for us to assess your eligibility to transfer credits, we will need to see a transcript of any credits you have achieved to date, showing the title of all modules and the marks/grades awarded.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module consists of specially prepared self-study materials, which are delivered by post to your door and supplemented with additional material made available online through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.

We recommend that you set aside 15-20 hours study time per module per week. You will be allocated an academic tutor for each module. Your tutors are available by email or phone to provide advice on academic and study matters.

Wherever you are in the world, you will have access to University services, including the University’s David Wilson Library and its extensive range of electronic journals and e-books.

We provide excellent learning support, delivered by the same expert archaeology academics and professionals as our on-campus courses.

Because we understand that many of our students are combining study with demanding careers and family lives, we provide a range of entry and exit points onto our courses, along with the opportunity to move between full-time and part-time study if circumstances change.

We received a maximum 24 in the most recent QAA teaching assessment, so you can be confident that we can translate our leading research into effective and relevant teaching, allowing you to gain maximum benefit. We have some of the most satisfied students in the country, with consistently high student ratings in the National Student Survey.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by written coursework, usually in the form of essays or reports. There are no examinations and no requirements for you to attend the University campus for assessments, although please note that the fieldwork and lab session in Leicester are compulsory.

Entry Requirements

Our distance learning Archaeology and Ancient History courses do not have formal entry requirements – you just need to demonstrate an active interest in archaeology and ancient history and a genuine commitment to putting the time in to study.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016, February 2017 or June 2017

    • BA: £18,315
    • Diploma: £12,210
    • Certificate: £6,105

    Starting in academic year 2017/18

    • TBC

    20% Discount on Undergraduate Archaeology Courses

    If you are a self-funded, undergraduate Archaeology student you are eligible for a 20% early payment discount.

    To be eligible for the 20% discount you must pay each fee instalment one month before your instalment deadlines (instalment deadlines are set out in your offer letter). Please note that if you fail to make the early payment deadline, your fees will revert to the higher amount for the remainder of your course.

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.
  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016, February 2017 or June 2017

    • BA: £18,315
    • Diploma: £12,210
    • Certificate: £6,105

    Starting in academic year 2017/18

    • TBC

    20% Discount on Undergraduate Courses 

    If you are a self-funded, undergraduate Archaeology student you are eligible for a 20% early payment discount.

    To be eligible for the 20% discount you must pay each fee instalment one month before your instalment deadlines (instalment deadlines are set out in your offer letter). Please note that if you fail to make the early payment deadline, your fees will revert to the higher amount for the remainder of your course.

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

Our courses are designed to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether to enhance your career prospects, proceed to further study, or for general interest.

Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge in your chosen area.

Employability skills are embedded throughout our curriculum.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Archaeology BA 3 years full-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology BA 6 years part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology DipHE 2 years full-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology DipHE 4 years part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology CertHE 1 year full-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology CertHE 2 years part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Archaeology Taster module 4-8 months part-time February, June and October each year Apply Now
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
BA
Duration
6 years part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
DipHE
Duration
2 years full-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
DipHE
Duration
4 years part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
CertHE
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
CertHE
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability
Course
Archaeology
Qualification
Taster module
Duration
4-8 months part-time
Start Dates
February, June and October each year
Availability