BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice

Archaeological Practice at Winchester focuses on the current practice of archaeology, including the methods used for prospecting new sites, excavation techniques, analysis of finds and preparation of reports.
 

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BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice at University of Winchester

UCAS code: V400

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 96-112 points 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

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:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** 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 £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

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

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

Student Satisfaction

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

Field work:

In addition to the mandatory four-week summer training excavation during the first summer vacation, there are additional fieldwork opportunities throughout the year within the UK and abroad. BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice with Professional Placement includes a year in industry.

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

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.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (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. 

You may wish to pursue the three-year BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice course or the four-year BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice with Professional Placement course, which includes a year in industry.

Year 1 provides a sound foundation in both the practice and theory of archaeology. You are required to attend the summer training excavation for four weeks during the first summer vacation and should ensure you have accommodation available during late May and June.

Your learning is enhanced in Year 2 by practical and applied skills such as GIS, Geomatics and Remote Sensing.

If you pursue the four-year BSc (Hons) Archaeological Practice pathway you will participate in a year-long industry placement in your third year. This is a non-credit-bearing year of study. On successful completion of the placement year, you gain a Portfolio of Professional Practice to demonstrate your experience to potential employers.

In the final year, specific topics are explored in greater depth alongside more advanced vocational modules. You also complete a dissertation, although those on the three-year pathway can opt to undertake a month-long work-based placement instead.

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). You can become Affiliates of the CIfA. After graduation you can build up field experience to progress to full membership categories.

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
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing
  • 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
  • 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
  • Archaeology of Hampshire
  • Battlefield Archaeology

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeological Project Management

Optional modules:

  • 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: 324 hours
• Independent learning: 732 hours
• Placement: 144 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

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)*:

• 81 per cent coursework
• 6 per cent written exams
• 13 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 69 per cent coursework
• 6 per cent written exams
• 25 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 proceed directly into a career in professional archaeology, for example with a commercial archaeological organisation undertaking developer-led excavation or survey work.

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, the data need 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 Students

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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