The University of Southampton
Humanities

V1V4 BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Year Abroad (4 years)

This BA programme harnesses the complementary strengths of Archaeology and Ancient History to transform our understanding of the past. In choosing this degree you will gain the opportunity to study and research to a high level, equipping yourself with specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study.

Introducing your degree

Are you interested in studying ancient artefacts to learn about the influence ancient cultures have on modern society? Apply for the BA in Ancient History and Archaeology degree at the University of Southampton and develop archaeological and anthropological thought of the past. Study the landscapes and seascapes of Britain’s past to understand how it has developed over decades and discover human origins to gain an insight into how we have evolved. You will be given the opportunity to use cutting edge technology through this combined bachelors degree to develop research and archival skills, preparing you for further study in a postgraduate degree or moving on to a subject related career. Graduates from the Ancient History and Archaeology BA degree have gained employment in heritage management, museums or archaeological research.

Overview

This BA programme harnesses the complementary strengths of Archaeology and Ancient History to transform our understanding of the past. In choosing this degree you will gain the opportunity to study and research to a high level, equipping yourself with specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study. Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to learn in an engaging, supportive and highly successful research environment. Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities contains leading experts in an enormous range of fields (Archaeology, History, Language, Literature and Film), related to archaeology and the ancient world. From ancient Egypt to Minoan civilisation, from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the Roman empire, from Roman Britain to the ancient Americas and the Middle East, from ancient philosophy and the biblical world to the rise of Islam, studying Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton affords you the chance to engage with topics about which you are already passionate, or to try something entirely new. This might mean application of cutting edge technology to discover and map new sites, or develop complimentary archival research skills. Whatever you choose, Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton will enable you to gain invaluable skills and study topics about which both you and our staff are passionate.

Key Facts

•As a part of your degree you will attend a one week field school at the end of the first year, and then participate in a minimum three weeks fieldwork as part of an active research project. This is usually undertaken during the Summer vacation of your first or second year and may be in the UK or overseas. Opportunities for undertaking further fieldwork, including participation in overseas research projects, are also available.

•In addition, Archaeology and Ancient History students can choose to go abroad. Students can choose to study in Europe or beyond. In Europe, our Erasmus partners are: Rennes, Caen and Paris in France; Potsdam and Bayreuth in Germany; Crete, Cyprus and Thessaly in Greece; Malta; Groningen in Netherlands; Bergen in Norway; Wroclaw in Poland; Coimbra in Portugal; Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona in Spain and Zagreb in Croatia. Our non-European partners for Study Abroad are based in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. More details on these destinations can be found on the University website under ‘Faculty-wide programmes’ and ‘University-wide programmes’.

•The interdisciplinary nature of Ancient History means that a range of further special features are available to you. Depending on the optional modules you choose, you can gain experience of archaeological fieldwork, fieldtrips and take part in study tours.

 

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including a Humanities subject*. 

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 - 32 points, 17 - 16 at higher level, including 6 in a higher level Humanities subject*
*A Humanities subject

Includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

International Applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in Writing and Reading and no less than 6.0 in Speaking and Listening or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including a Humanities subject* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The programme is normally studied over four years full-time, but may also be taken on a part-time basis for a period of not less than four and not more than eight academic years. Study is undertaken at four levels (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). There are 30 study weeks in each year.

The programme is divided into modules.

During the three years of full-time study, students take modules worth 60 ECTS (120 CATS) credits at each level, normally 30 ECTS (60 CATS) in each semester; part-time students take modules worth 30 ECTS (60 CATS) at each level, normally 15 ECTS (30 CATS) in each semester. Single modules have a credit value of 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS), while double modules have a value of 15 ECTS (30 CATS). Each level has a total credit value of 60 ECTS (120 CATS).

Modules offered in Archaeology and Ancient History are listed on the following page. In addition to these, and subject to the approval of their personal academic tutor, students may take up to 15 ECTS (30 CATS) of modules offered in other disciplines in each year. Compulsory modules for the programme are shown below; all other modules are optional. Details are altered from time to time, so for current information consult the History student handbook, which can be downloaded from: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices/faculty_handbooks/.

Learn a Language

You also have the option of taking either Ancient Greek or Latin as a Language.

View the language modules

 

Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

You will also be registered for a module to represent your fieldwork project (ARCH2037 Archaeological Method) – but this module is not credit bearing. This fieldwork is normally taken at the end of your first year.

Year 3

Your third year will be spent at one our partner institutions. More details can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/international/study_exchange/about/partners_by_acac_disc.html

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

An Ancient History and Archaeology degree is excellent preparation for future employment, offering a balance of sciences and arts and providing a range of both practical and intellectual components. These allow graduates to demonstrate many of the abilities that employers are known to look for such as working as part of a team, presentation skills, evidence-based reasoning, problem solving, project management, report writing and independent critical thinking.

A high proportion of our graduates find full-time employment within six months of completing their degree (94% in 2012 compared with the national average for all graduates of 91%) and they follow a very wide range of career paths. Recently, our graduates have found jobs in such diverse areas as accountancy, administration, civil service, cartography and aerial photography, computer engineering and animation, geographic information systems, graphic design, life-guarding, nursing, the police, the armed services, environmental health, countryside management, engineering management, marketing, business, retailing and entertainment management.

The BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology is also an ideal preparation for further study (for a Masters or research degree) or for a subject-related career in professional Archaeology, heritage management, digital heritage, museums, archaeological research , teaching (in subjects such as geography, history or archaeology), geophysical survey, or heritage tourism.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching

You will develop your knowledge and understanding through lectures; tutor-led and student-led seminars and tutorials, laboratory practicals, group projects, individual and group presentations, field visits, field work and independent research. At Level One the emphasis is on discovering the nature of Archaeology and Ancient History and the relationship between the disciplines. At Level Two you will consolidate and enhance your knowledge of the human past and of both Historical and Archaeological methodology. At Level Three you will specialise in the study of selected periods, regions and themes, as well as carrying out a piece of independent research for your dissertation.

Assessment

Assessments of your knowledge and understanding are very varied, including examinations, essays, extended essays, practical assignments in both the laboratory and the field, presentations, portfolios and the dissertation. Progression is recognised in the assessment scheme, which tests the breadth and complexity of knowledge and understanding through to consolidation and application.

Study Locations

Student life

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