Archaeology BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

Studying over three million years of human history is one thing. Working out in the field is another. This degree is geared towards practical experience, giving you the excavation skills to carve a professional career in the archaeological sector.

UCAS code
F400
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2772
arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

The Archaeology BSc will introduce you to periods from the first use of stone tools 3.3 million years ago to the present day. In addition, it will train you in professional archaeological skills.

Practical experience is a key part of the course. You will participate in excavation work throughout your degree to ensure that your skills are continually used and developed. You will gain knowledge of the professional archaeological sector, and gain experience with our in-house archaeological unit ULAS.

You will have the chance to study many topics during your time here. Our staff have particular expertise in Roman archaeology, prehistory, historical archaeology, commercial archaeology, archaeological theory, and the archaeological sciences, as well as all aspects of Classical (Greek and Roman) history.

Our degrees provide transferable skills in communication, presentation, critical analysis and teamwork. This will be critical for your future career, whether it is in archaeological studies or in one of the wide range of professions that attract our graduates. It doesn't matter if you have little or no previous experience in archaeological studies; we have designed our courses for maximum flexibility. This allows you to choose how you want to specialise or diversify as your knowledge and understanding develop.

The BA and the BSc are the same in Year 1, providing you with a basis in the discipline.

What's the difference?

  • The BSc in Archaeology has an emphasis on training as a professional archaeologist.
  • The BA in Archaeology has an emphasis on heritage and its relevance in the contemporary world.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels can be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBC at A-Level + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English and Maths at grade C/4.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level. Minimum of 4 in SL Maths or 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in SL English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications welcomed. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

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. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • Tuition fees were £9,250 in the first year
  • Year Abroad fees were £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We have dedicated work experience and outreach tutors who organise placements for you in schools, museums, field archaeology units, archives, laboratories, and on external projects – complementing the volunteering provision within the University.

You can choose to take career-focused modules (such as Professional Skills or Archaeology and Ancient History in Education) and volunteer for Archaeology and Classics in the Community.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Our research

Our research

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the 20th century, learning the aims and methods of archaeology along the way. You will also gain practical experience in a wide variety of archaeological skills. You will be able to take part in an archaeological fieldschool at Bradgate Park. This Leicestershire park contains archaeological remains from the Mesolithic to the historic period, and we have recently been excavating the remains of the home of Lady Jane Grey - England's nine-day Queen.

Core modules

In the summer following your first year you will take part in our fieldschool.

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.

Year 2

Year 2

During your second year, you will study core modules in fieldwork, professional practice and archaeological theory. The Professional Archaeological Practice module will enable you to become familiar with the commercial sector, from the initiation of a project to its final publication. In addition you will be able to choose five option modules covering different archaeological periods and specialisms. At the end of your second year, you will undertake fieldwork on either a Leicester University project or a project of your choice anywhere in the world (subject to approval).

Core modules

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.

Year abroad (optional)

Year abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note, a year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

We have links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

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.

Final year

Final year

This is the chance for you to specialise in a topic that interests you for your dissertation. You will take modules in advanced archaeological fieldwork and will enhance your experience of professional practice. In addition, you will be able to take option modules including various laboratory-based modules.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus two option modules from:

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.

Why Leicester?

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

We have nine specialist laboratories (including a new Osteology Lab): four dedicated to teaching and all available for student use.

We run an incredible week-long study tour in Rome and also offer fieldwork opportunities across Britain and as far away as America.

You will receive practical training from ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), who were involved with the discovery of Richard III.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

The hands-on approach to the subject appealed to Jen, especially the fieldwork opportunities.

Teaching and learning

All of our teaching is based around a stimulating combination of lectures, small group work and practical ‘hands-on’ experience. Flexible academic classes are combined with practical instruction in the field. You will have the chance to study a wide range of different societies and will develop the skills to examine them in more detail.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Archaeology courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 2: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 132 hours
  • Independent learning: 1,068 hours

Optional year abroad: If you're spending a year abroad, your contact will vary depending on the institution you're studying at.

Final year: 10% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 120 hours
  • Independent learning: 1,080 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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