BA (Hons)

Archaeology (with Foundation Year)

F40X

Do you dig it? If you’re excited by the idea of using modern scientific techniques to explore how people lived in the past our science-based Archaeology degree is a great find for you. Learn the latest methods and approaches and how they’re applied, then carry out your own original biological, physical and earth science research to solve problems of the human past. 

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Course overview

The course covers a broad range of methods and techniques. In our well-equipped laboratories you can learn how to analyse the chemical composition of human and animal bones and discover what they reveal about past diets; in the field you can choose to work on sites in both Britain and overseas, and in the library, you can study archaeological periods ranging from the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age), through Classical Greece to the medieval and post-medieval periods. 

To make sure you leave no stone unturned during fieldwork, we have excellent field equipment, including a ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, magnetic susceptibility meters, differential GPS instruments and total stations. In addition, you will learn how to use industry standard computer software such as ArcGIS, Geoplot and AutoCAD. Our department has a geoarchaeological consultancy (ARCA), whose staff will also teach you. The consultancy offers valuable laboratory work experience and an opportunity to see how archaeological science is used in professional archaeology. 

In Year 1 you dig into the theory and practice of archaeology, while covering the story of humanity. You explore the methods, theories and approaches that underpin archaeological science, as well as considering the importance of fieldwork and material culture. 

In Year 2, you acquire the scientific skills that are key in archaeology, such as laboratory techniques and the use of Geographic Information Systems software. You also explore archaeological theory and consider how past climate and environmental change has affected ancient cultures. You then put these skills and knowledge to use in practical projects in your areas of interest, which may include human bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains), geomatics and remote sensing, or geomorphology. 

During Year 3, you write a dissertation based on a piece of applied scientific research that you carry out, usually in a laboratory and/or field setting. You can also branch out into examining the archaeology of the southern Caucasus, the Caribbean, as well as Europe and from a range of perspectives. These latter include the impact of the natural environement, religion, society and conflict.  

The Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Winchester is a Registered Archaeological Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), a quality assurance scheme for professional practice in the field. 

Many graduates have used the skills and knowledge gained on the course to pursue careers in professional archaeology, such as with an archaeological unit. Others work in the applied sciences, including in various types of laboratories, in environmental management and geomatics. 

But with highly-prized key skills in areas such as time and project management, problem solving, teamwork, cultural awareness and the ability to express ideas clearly to a wide range of audiences you are able to explore non-vocational careers, too. 
 
Find out more about the Department for Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography 

Accreditation 

This programme has been accredited by the The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK). 

What you need to know

Course start date

September

Location

Winchester campus

Course length

  • 4 years full-time

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F40X

Typical offer

48 points

Fees

From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Learn applied scientific approach to archaeology, with fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and research using original laboratory and/or field data 
  • Use our fully equipped laboratory and the latest range of industry-standard surveying equipment, including a ground penetrating radar and geoscan gradiometers 
  • Join research projects abroad, such as in Barbados and Georgia 
  • Explore the rich archaeological heritage of Wessex 
  • Accredited by The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK)

Course details

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 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 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
Independent learning: 864 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
Independent learning: 1020 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

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 0 (Level 3)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

62% coursework
25% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

74% coursework
13% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

68% coursework
13% written exams
13% 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.

Further information

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

Modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Modules

Developing Academic Skills and a Sense of Vocation

This module is designed to support students with the transition to university, the development of the academic skills and attributes necessary for successful future study and the foundations of a developing sense of vocation. Through a carefully structured and scaffolded series of seminars and workshops, students will be supported in building their self-awareness of, and confidence in, themselves as active learners. Delivered in the context of their subject area and aligned with the development of academic skills and attributes required across all Foundation Year modules, workshops will focus on academic skills such as referencing, selecting and using valid academic resources, reading/researching for academic purposes, using feedback constructively and gaining confidence in contributing to discussions and debates. Coordinated assessment points across the Foundation Year experience enables this module to provide students with ongoing support and opportunities to practice and develop their skills and confidence with a range of written and oral assessment types relevant to their subject area as they progress through the year.

Important Thinkers and the Big Questions

This module introduces students to invaluable meanings and understandings that are gained from being at university and participating in wider intellectual discussions and debates. Within the context of each Discipline foundation year, students are introduced to a range of thinkers and questions that have important in various ways across the discipline. Designed to further encourage the foundations of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking within and beyond their own subject, students will come to understand that inter and cross disciplinarity has an essential role to play in the academy and to their own intellectual progression.

Exploring the Past: People, Place and Perspectives

The past can be studied from numerous perspectives and in a variety of ways. This module introduces students to how historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and classicists have studied past societies and cultures across the globe. This is achieved by looking at the specific themes of conflict, culture, social relations and beliefs in various parts of the world from prehistoric times until the late twentieth century. We will also consider how current societies remember and examine the past and what it says about the contemporary world.

Modules

Introduction to Archaeology

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of archaeology is based and explores a history of the development of the discipline. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed or expected. The philosophical distinctiveness of the subject is outlined, and the various sub-divisions within archaeology (e.g. environmental archaeology, experimental archaeology) are examined. This leads on to an assessment of the methods of establishing chronological sequences in archaeology, and an overview of the methods to be examined in more detail in later modules. These thematic lectures are buttressed by the use of sessions looking at case studies of recent research projects within the Department in order to help draw together and assist understanding of the key themes.

The Archaeology of the Historic Period

This module provides a brief conspectus of the historical period from the emergence of civilizations through to the present day. The world context is emphasised and the major developments in each period will be explored. The module is illustrated throughout by case studies through which students can appreciate how ideas about these cultures have developed from the beginnings of antiquarian archaeology to the application of modern theory. Key conceptual issues, such as exchange/trade, colonisation, political, religious and social developments, will be explained and discussed in relation to specific examples.

World Prehistory

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the writing. Therefore, although the module has a single chronological starting point (c 7.5 my BP), it has a variable end point depending upon the part of the world discussed. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution, starting with the separation of the Hominidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), then the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans. It then examines the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation, and the significance of their independent invention in different parts of the world. The student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, and understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is connected to both continental Europe and the wider world.

Introduction to Archaeological Science

This module provides an introduction to methods, theoretical underpinning and application of the biological, Earth and physical sciences in archaeology. It also introduces mathematical concepts that are of vital importance in using scientific data in archaeology. The module is divided into five parts comprising: a: methods of age estimation (e.g. chronometric and incremental approaches), b: provenancing studies (e.g. of stone and ceramic artefacts, but also layers on archaeological sites), c: locating archaeological sites (remote sensing), d: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (e.g. of past vegetation and animals), and d: economic investigation (e.g. subsistence and diet, craft activities). Each theme is explored by first discussing the theoretical basis of approaches that are used, for example introducing uniformitarian concepts when discussing palaeoenvironmental reconstruction examining the range of techniques available, exploring in detail those most frequently used and then discussing how data are interpreted and problems that might result.

Introduction to Archaeological Resources

Students will be introduced to local sources of archaeological and historical information used to explore, evaluate and manage the historic environment. In addition, an introduction to online resources such as the Archaeological Data Service, Historic Environment Records and EDINA will provide students with a sound guide to their use. These resources will be used to review the archaeological potential of specific archaeological sites.

Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

This module introduces the different fieldwork techniques available to archaeologists and explores how these techniques are employed during different stages of archaeological fieldwork. The module teaches students how each technique works and provides introductory training on the main equipment used in archaeology. The module explores the current planning process in British commercial archaeology and covers all stages of the process, from desk-based assessments to excavations and archiving. Finally, the module equips students with knowledge on how to prepare for a safe and successful fieldwork project.

Introduction to Material Culture

Archaeologists deal with things. These things (material culture or artefacts) are a way of understanding the lives of the humans who made them. This course presents you with a detailed background to the main categories of material culture that you might encounter on any archaeological sites; these items include: stone tools, pottery, coins, metalwork etc. You will learn about the technology behind these artefacts, and crucially how things that we make do not just have a simple function, but also encode important symbolic information as well. By the end of this course you will look afresh at the way humans make and give meaning to even the most mundane and everyday items.

Study Skills and Research Methods

The module considers means by which students can get the most from classes via note taking and follow-up reading. Assignment structure and how this differs by type is considered, while approaches to research using traditional written and internet sources are also outlined and evaluated. The requirements of and techniques for writing essays, reports and other written assignments are reviewed, and citation and bibliographic skills are developed in practical classes. The importance of illustrations and the use of such media in written assignments, presentations and posters is evaluated, while students’ abilities to present (verbally and in posters) are enhanced in workshops. The final part of the module considers the application of Personal Development Planning (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as means of enabling students to plan and record the skills and experience that they acquire.

Modules

Thinking Through Theory

All humanities subjects are grounded in theory. These bodies of theory may or may not be explicitly stated, but you use them, whether you are aware of them or not. It is easiest to think of theory as the set of tools that you can use to ‘fix’ or understand a problem. This module considers contemporary theory in archaeology, social anthropology and biological anthropology, drawing on areas of social and cultural theory that have been relevant to archaeologists and anthropologists. You will be encouraged to read and discuss a range of key historical texts and case studies will be used to demonstrate how the theories have been applied in recent archaeological or anthropological research. In this way, you will be able to understand the appropriateness of theories which may be relevant to your research interests and to gain a wider appreciation of how we think through problems and issues.

Using Theory and Method

This module encourages you to apply theoretical and methodological approaches in archaeology to your own research design. The module will refer to key theoretical approaches, and will introduce key methods for archaeological and anthropological research. You will explore a range of sources of information, and a variety of methods for gathering data in archaeological research. You will also examine in depth how independent research is designed and carried out, including the process of research design, ethical considerations, methodological choices, data gathering, data analysis and writing. By the end of the module you should have a sound understanding of how archaeological research is designed and carried out in order to apply this to your own research.

Archaeological Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork Techniques

This is a double module. The module comprises four weeks of archaeological fieldwork, to be undertaken on one of the field projects run by the Department of Archaeology, within which the student might be involved in excavation or other field-based tasks. Students can expect to learn a variety of essential archaeological field skills, depending on the nature of the project they are participating in. These will most commonly include: heavy and light excavation; finds and environmental processing; archaeological recording (written and drawn records); and basic surveying. Students will also learn how archaeological projects are organised in the field and the procedure by which they take place. This will be followed by a 12 week post-excavation course that will explore methods of archive collation and analysis.

Optional Modules
  • Geographic Information Systems - 15 Credits
  • Geomatic and Remote sensing - 15 Credits
  • Human Bioarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Early Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • Later Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • The Greek World - 15 Credits
  • Geoarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Medieval Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Death of Burial - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteer Placement - 15 Credits
  • Period Study: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman and Medieval Britain - 15 credits
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual - 15 Credits

Optional

Thinking Through Theory

All humanities subjects are grounded in theory. These bodies of theory may or may not be explicitly stated, but you use them, whether you are aware of them or not. It is easiest to think of theory as the set of tools that you can use to ‘fix’ or understand a problem. This module considers contemporary theory in archaeology, social anthropology and biological anthropology, drawing on areas of social and cultural theory that have been relevant to archaeologists and anthropologists. You will be encouraged to read and discuss a range of key historical texts and case studies will be used to demonstrate how the theories have been applied in recent archaeological or anthropological research. In this way, you will be able to understand the appropriateness of theories which may be relevant to your research interests and to gain a wider appreciation of how we think through problems and issues.

Using Theory and Method

This module encourages you to apply theoretical and methodological approaches in archaeology to your own research design. The module will refer to key theoretical approaches, and will introduce key methods for archaeological and anthropological research. You will explore a range of sources of information, and a variety of methods for gathering data in archaeological research. You will also examine in depth how independent research is designed and carried out, including the process of research design, ethical considerations, methodological choices, data gathering, data analysis and writing. By the end of the module you should have a sound understanding of how archaeological research is designed and carried out in order to apply this to your own research.

Archaeological Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork Techniques

This is a double module. The module comprises four weeks of archaeological fieldwork, to be undertaken on one of the field projects run by the Department of Archaeology, within which the student might be involved in excavation or other field-based tasks. Students can expect to learn a variety of essential archaeological field skills, depending on the nature of the project they are participating in. These will most commonly include: heavy and light excavation; finds and environmental processing; archaeological recording (written and drawn records); and basic surveying. Students will also learn how archaeological projects are organised in the field and the procedure by which they take place. This will be followed by a 12 week post-excavation course that will explore methods of archive collation and analysis.

Optional Modules
  • Geographic Information Systems - 15 Credits
  • Geomatic and Remote sensing - 15 Credits
  • Human Bioarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Early Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • Later Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • The Greek World - 15 Credits
  • Geoarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Medieval Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Death of Burial - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteer Placement - 15 Credits
  • Period Study: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman and Medieval Britain - 15 credits
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual - 15 Credits

Modules

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

This double module is a c. 10,000 word dissertation in archaeology for students studying on any of the Archaeology programmes (except BA Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies). It enables students to apply their knowledge of archaeological theory and practice, in order to produce a piece of independent research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought. The dissertation content/subject matter should reflect their chosen Archaeology pathway. This is an Extended Independent Study module.

Public Archaeology and Careers

This module partially integrates two themes: the means and approaches by which the cultural past is considered at different political levels and the career (or further study) that a student will follow once they have graduated. The first part of the module considers global organisation and protection of cultural heritage, i.e. through UNESCO, while considering a number of case studies where such an approach has been successful and unsuccessful. Cultural heritage law and practice are then considered in a number on non-UK jurisdictions (e.g. USA, France and Germany), to provide an indication of varied practice. Focus is thereafter on the UK, and detailed coverage is given to UK cultural heritage law (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Treasure Act 1996) and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework 2012 revised 2019), before attention is turned to the parties who implement the system (‘curators’ in planning authorities, planning consultants, commercial archaeological units and museums). Evaluating the latter also provides the opportunity to introduce students to careers in the cultural resource management ‘industry’ and further study that would enhance such career possibilities. The careers theme is continued in the second part of the module in which students reflect on the knowledge and skills they have obtained (qualification and memberships too in the case of some students), their aspirations and thus career and further study options. Attention is then turned to applying for jobs and courses of further study, by considering best practice in completing application forms, writing cover ‘letters’ and curricula vitae.

Puzzling the Past

This module, together with the final year project, is the culmination of the Archaeology degree. It provides students the opportunity to consider the multiplicity of archaeological interpretation on the basis of differing lines of evidence and varied approaches of study. Therefore 3-5 archaeological controversies are discussed with the aim of examining how data can be interpreted in various ways, each one of which might be equally valid. Case studies will depend upon staff availability but might include the ‘Younger Fill’/human landscape degradation debate on the interpretation of Late Holocene sediments in the Mediterranean; diffusion models to explain the change from Mesolithic to Neolithic society in Europe; chronologies of colonisation (of for example the Americas and Australia, and of Europe by early forms of Homo and Homo sapiens); origins, causes and effects of diseases in the archaeological and historical record and dating the eruption of Thera and the end of the Minoan civilisation and mid-Holocene vegetation change.

Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork 2 - 15 Credits
  • Archaeological Project Management - 15 Credits
  • The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Winchester - 15 Credits
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology of Buddhism - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus - 15 Credits
  • Medieval Religion and Belief - 15 Credits
  • Battlefield Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Greek Bronze Age - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits

Optional

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

This double module is a c. 10,000 word dissertation in archaeology for students studying on any of the Archaeology programmes (except BA Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies). It enables students to apply their knowledge of archaeological theory and practice, in order to produce a piece of independent research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought. The dissertation content/subject matter should reflect their chosen Archaeology pathway. This is an Extended Independent Study module.

Public Archaeology and Careers

This module partially integrates two themes: the means and approaches by which the cultural past is considered at different political levels and the career (or further study) that a student will follow once they have graduated. The first part of the module considers global organisation and protection of cultural heritage, i.e. through UNESCO, while considering a number of case studies where such an approach has been successful and unsuccessful. Cultural heritage law and practice are then considered in a number on non-UK jurisdictions (e.g. USA, France and Germany), to provide an indication of varied practice. Focus is thereafter on the UK, and detailed coverage is given to UK cultural heritage law (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Treasure Act 1996) and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework 2012 revised 2019), before attention is turned to the parties who implement the system (‘curators’ in planning authorities, planning consultants, commercial archaeological units and museums). Evaluating the latter also provides the opportunity to introduce students to careers in the cultural resource management ‘industry’ and further study that would enhance such career possibilities. The careers theme is continued in the second part of the module in which students reflect on the knowledge and skills they have obtained (qualification and memberships too in the case of some students), their aspirations and thus career and further study options. Attention is then turned to applying for jobs and courses of further study, by considering best practice in completing application forms, writing cover ‘letters’ and curricula vitae.

Puzzling the Past

This module, together with the final year project, is the culmination of the Archaeology degree. It provides students the opportunity to consider the multiplicity of archaeological interpretation on the basis of differing lines of evidence and varied approaches of study. Therefore 3-5 archaeological controversies are discussed with the aim of examining how data can be interpreted in various ways, each one of which might be equally valid. Case studies will depend upon staff availability but might include the ‘Younger Fill’/human landscape degradation debate on the interpretation of Late Holocene sediments in the Mediterranean; diffusion models to explain the change from Mesolithic to Neolithic society in Europe; chronologies of colonisation (of for example the Americas and Australia, and of Europe by early forms of Homo and Homo sapiens); origins, causes and effects of diseases in the archaeological and historical record and dating the eruption of Thera and the end of the Minoan civilisation and mid-Holocene vegetation change.

Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork 2 - 15 Credits
  • Archaeological Project Management - 15 Credits
  • The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Winchester - 15 Credits
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology of Buddhism - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus - 15 Credits
  • Medieval Religion and Belief - 15 Credits
  • Battlefield Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Greek Bronze Age - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits

Entry requirements

48 points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: EEE from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations
  • BTEC/CTEC: PPP from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 1 Higher Level certificates at grade H4

Additionally, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by contacting our International Recruitment Team via our International Apply Pages.

2024 Course Tuition Fees 

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland

International

Year 1 £9,250 £16,700
Year 2 £9,250 £16,700
Year 3 £9,250 £16,700
Year 4 £9,250 £16,700
Total £37,000 £66,800
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,850 £3,340
Total with Sandwich Year £38,850 £70,140

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a four-year degree would be £37,000 for UK students.

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. 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.

UK 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £139.14 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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

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 (indicative cost is £1200 for two weeks); and Georgia (indicative cost is £1500 for four weeks) where the costs include flights, food and accommodation for the duration of the project. Indicative cost: £0-£1500

Printing and Binding 
The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

CAREER PROSPECTS

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.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment and further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.

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