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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Archaeology achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • 6th for overall student satisfaction in England for Archaeology, and 2nd out of modern universities in England (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Learn from world-leading archaeology scholars in a stimulating and engaging environment
  • Use our fully equipped laboratory and the latest industry-standard surveying equipment.
  • Take part in our overseas fieldwork projects currently in Barbados, Germany and the Republic of Georgia.

Archaeology examines the physical evidence of past societies to trace the evolution and cultural history of humanity. Ancient landscapes, buildings, artefacts and the people themselves can all reveal a small part of a bigger picture. Our BA in Archaeology takes you on an immersive and exciting journey through time — from our earliest human ancestors to the industrial age - drawing from subjects within the humanities, physical, biological and societies.

Winchester is home to experienced archaeology scholars who provide stimulating and engaging teaching materials. In a supportive environment, you learn key fieldwork techniques and undertake rigorous academic training. Indeed we are one of three of university archaeology departments to be a Registered Archaeological Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a quality assurance scheme for professional practice in the field.

To make sure you make the most of fieldwork, we have excellent field equipment, including a ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, magnetic susceptibility meters, differential GPS instruments, total stations, and an X-ray fluorescence analyser. In addition, you will learn how to use industry standard computer software such as ArcGIS, Geoplot, and AutoCAD. Futher, our department has a geoarchaeological consultancy (ARCA), whose staff will also teach you. The consultancy offers valuable laboratory work experience – an opportunity to combine your academic expertise with delivering high-quality commercial solutions.

Year 1 provides a sound foundation in the theory and practice of archaeology and considers the history of humanity from our earliest ape ancestors to the twentieth century. The year finishes with a four-week excavation in the summer. During Years 2 and 3, you focus on the archaeology of specific periods and/or places while you also address a range of methodological topics.

Popular Year 2 modules include the Greek World, Early and Later Prehistoric Europe, Medieval Archaeology, The Archaeology and Anthropology of death and burial, The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual, and a four day-long fieldtrip module in which you visit sites in a region of Britain. Year 3 modules feature The Celts, The Archaeology of Africa, Caribbean Peoples and Cultures and The Archaeology of Buddhism. You undertake fieldwork throughout the course and pool all your learning in a final-year dissertation.

As we become more attuned to how the past is able to help shape our future, archaeologists are increasingly playing key roles in policy development and decision-making. Graduates enter the archaeological profession and work in museums, heritage organisations, commercial archaeology and local authorities. Others find careers within applied science, for example environmental management, geomatics and remote sensing.

Find out more about the Department for Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

Careers

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.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree. 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

In addition to the mandatory four-week summer training excavation during the first summer vacation, there are additional fieldwork opportunities throughout the spring and summer of your second year both within the UK and abroad.

Field trips

There are UK fieldwork opportunities throughout the spring and a summer excavation. Students can also join fieldwork research projects elsewhere in the world including departmental projects in Barbados, Germany and the Republic of Georgia.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Archaeology course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA). For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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, practicals (field and class-based) and seminars, the latter in small groups and addording the opportunty to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

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 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: 276 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 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 1 (Level 4)*:

62% coursework
25% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

78% coursework
13% written exams
9% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

53% coursework
39% written exams
8% 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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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

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 4

Modules Credits

Introduction to Archaeology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of archaeology is based. 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. Parallel study skills sessions alongside this lecture series allow you to develop quickly the key skills needed in an HE environment.

The Archaeology of the Historic Period 15
World Prehistory 15

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the development of written forms of communication. 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 under discussion. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution and development, starting with the separation from the Honinidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans, and covering the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation. The significance of the independent invention of key developments (such as agriculture) in different parts of the world will be stressed. By these means, the student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, be able to better appreciate the 'time lines' of the prehistoric periods and will understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is a connected sub-set of that of both continental Europe and the world as a whole.

Introduction to Archaeological Science 15

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 15

This module introduces students to a range of archaeological resources through well-defined practical tasks and site visits.  Students will be introduced to local sources of archaeological and historical information through a tour of the City of Winchester, visits to the Record Office, Museums and Historic Environment Record.  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. Students will then work in pairs on different activities each week including the analysis of pottery fabrics, map interpretation, aerial photograph plotting, compiling HER-type data, simple bone identification and deposit mapping.

Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork 15

This module introduces students to the range of fieldwork techniques available to archaeologists and explores their various strengths and weaknesses. It outlines how each technique works and provides a guide to their appropriate use. The first part of the module comprises a series of lectures that introduce each technique and the equipment used. The second half of the module provides an opportunity for introductory training on equipment used by the Archaeology Department at a local archaeological site.

Introduction to Material Culture 15

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 15

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Thinking Through Theory 15
Using Theory and Method 15
Archaeological Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork Techniques 15
Year 2 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
  • Roman Britain - 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
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteer Placement - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Thinking Through Theory 15
Using Theory and Method 15
Archaeological Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork Techniques 15
Year 2 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
  • Roman Britain - 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
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteer Placement - 15 Credits

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology 30
Public Archaeology and Careers 15
Puzzling the Past 15
Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork 2 - 15 Credits
  • Archaeological Project Management - 15 Credits
  • The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Roman Wessex - 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
  • Intangible Heritage - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology 30
Public Archaeology and Careers 15
Puzzling the Past 15
Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork 2 - 15 Credits
  • Archaeological Project Management - 15 Credits
  • The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Roman Wessex - 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
  • Intangible Heritage - 15 Credits

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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 for UK and EU 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/EU 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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*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 four day-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 free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono 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. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

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.

Key course details

UCAS code
F400
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester