BA (Hons) Archaeology

Archaeology at Winchester is structured to allow students maximum flexibility in their choice of course and is designed to suit those students who are primarily interested in cultural archaeology. The programme takes a wide view of the archaeology of different periods and cultures, from the earliest humans to the industrial age.

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BA (Hons) Archaeology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: F400

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man


2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details, click here

Additional costs: 

Mandatory

  • Excavation: Students are required to undertake four weeks compulsory fieldwork which takes place over the summer after Year 1, with a further four weeks' compulsory fieldwork in the summer after Year 2 (or the summer following completion of the professional placement in Year 3). Students opt to do the fieldwork at one of the Department's research/ training projects. Local projects have no direct costs for student participants, but students may need to pay for their travel. Students who opt to join non-local projects may have to cover project-specific costs. At the highest end of this spectrum are the projects in Barbados (£1200 for two weeks); and Georgia (£1500 for four weeks) where the costs include flights, food and accommodation for the duration of the project. 

Optional

  • Field trips: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study. Cost £150.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Fieldwork:

There are UK fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and a summer excavation. Students can also join fieldwork  research projects elsewhere in the world such as Barbados, Corsica, Georgia, Belgium, Greece and Ethiopia.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

The Department of Archaeology  has a commercial  research consultancy (ARCA).

Student satisfaction:

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, Archaeology achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Modules aim to communicate  a narrative of significant events and historic sites, encouraging students to evaluate archaeological information and critically assess its value to our understanding of the past.

In Year 1, students examine the theory and practice of archaeology; historic and prehistoric periods; and the methods, theories and approaches that underpin archaeological discipline.

In Year 2, students may choose to focus their studies on a range of methodological topics, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods.

During Year 3, students may focus their studies on topics, periods or themes from Year 2 or broaden their studies to examine the archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Americas, Africa and Anatolia/the Near East. Students also carry out an independent piece of research, the dissertation, on a subject of their choice.

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Students can become Affiliates of the CIfA. After graduation they can build up field experience to progress to full membership categories. As part of the course, there are opportunities for students to visit archaeological sites and get involved in departmental research, which also allows them to work in new laboratories and use a range of specialist surveying equipment.
 
Fieldwork
Students undertake fieldwork throughout their course, and during Years 2 and 3 can attend two periods of summer excavation. Students are required to attend the summer training excavation for four weeks during the first summer vacation and should ensure that they have accommodation  available during late May and June.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Development of Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Archaeological Science
  • Introduction to Archaeological Resources
  • Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork
  • Introduction to Material Culture

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Research Methods
  • Archaeological Theory

Optional modules:

  • Early Prehistoric Europe
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Roman Britain
  • The Early Roman Empire
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Gender and the Life Cycle
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual
  • Late Roman and Early Medieval Europe
  • The Greek World
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Human Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Theme Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • Archaeology Fieldtrip
  • Archaeology, Heritage and Society
  • Palaeoecology
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Hampshire
  • Community Volunteering Placement

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeological Project Management
  • Depth Study: The Celts
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Depth Study: The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Depth Study: Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Depth Study: Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Depth Study: Church Archaeology
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Depth Study: Byzantium and Beyond
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of North America 1492-1776
  • Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-Medieval Britain
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Comparative Study: Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Monasticism
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • Battlefield Archaeology 
  • Maritime Archaeology 

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

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

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

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

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 396 hours
• Independent learning: 804 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

• Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
• Independent learning: 984 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

Attendance regulations 

Students who fail to attend at least 25% of a taught module without agreed extenuating circumstances are not normally permitted to submit their work for a substantive grade.  

In addition, Fieldwork modules (AC2025; AC2042; AC3007) have the following specific regulations: Students must attend all days of the excavation. 5% will be deducted for each day missed up to a maximum of 3 days. Missing more than three days will result in automatic failure (without sufficient medical evidence). Missing more than 50% of the module will result in automatic failure irrespective of medical evidence because the learning outcomes cannot be met.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by
different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 56 per cent coursework
• 31 per cent written exams
• 13 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 75 per cent coursework
• 6 per cent written exams
• 19 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 63 per cent coursework
• 6 per cent written exams
• 31 per cent practical exams


*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates from the programme are well equipped to enter the archaeological or heritage profession via a career in museums, heritage organisations, commercial archaeology or local authorities.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Student

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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