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V401 BA Archaeology (with a Year Abroad) (4 years)

Archaeology brings together diverse approaches to answer questions such as what our ancestors ate, what they wore, who they traded with, and the environments they lived in. You might undertake the chemical analysis of ceramics or human bones, or use theories drawn from anthropology or sociology. Archaeology is one of the broadest subjects taught at university, and you can study it with either science or humanities A levels. All you need is an enquiring mind and an interest in the past.

We cover the full timespan of the human past, from the earliest humans to the modern world. The breadth of subjects available means that you can study the areas you are most interested in. Southampton is a world leader in maritime archaeology, and you can take these units in all four years.

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Introducing your degree

Travel and study abroad, working towards a challenging BA Archaeology degree. Spend three years on campus learning the practice of archaeology and what we can understand from uncovering ancient human remains. Your year abroad at one of our partner institutions allows you to make friends while discovering the theories and findings on some of the most exotic and exciting sites imaginable.

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Programme Structure

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains such as buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and the landscape we inhabit today. Anthropology is traditionally divided in the UK into Social Anthropology, which examines how people in different places create meaning and build communities, and Biological Anthropology, which explores the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human societies.                                           

This BA Archaeology and Anthropology is a four-year variant including a year at an international partner institution. Graduates of this course often find themselves securing employment with the ICMP,  Red Cross, teaching, museums, national trust and public services like the Police.

Your third year will be spent at a partner institution, the full list of which can be found exchange partners page

Develop your own specialist interest with the dissertation in your final year.

Option to take up to 25 per cent of your programme in an alternative subject.

Work placements
Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest archaeological units in the UK. Through their Student Bursary scheme, which they operate exclusively with the University of Southampton, they offer a six-month contract as a Project Assistant to one of our third year students. The post is a means of providing an important first step for recent graduates interested in a field-based career by giving an opportunity to gain skills and experience and to advance their careers by working in a professional environment.

Fieldwork opportunities
The course includes three weeks' fieldwork in the UK or abroad and there are opportunities for more fieldwork or placements. Many of the fieldwork projects, which are a required element of the degree course, are overseas. Current research field projects include Nevis (Caribbean), Calabria (Italy), Andalucia (Spain) and Namibia (Southern Africa).

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Key Facts

Rated in the top six in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

£3m purpose-built archaeology building, with excellent laboratory facilities and dedicated undergraduate teaching lab

Placement schemes with archaeological units and national heritage bodies

Research-based fieldwork project, either in the UK or abroad, in locations such as Crete, Hungary, Sweden and the Caribbean

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level ABB to BBB
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: BBB and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: BBB
A-level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer ABB to BBB from 3 A levels
or
AB to BB from 2 A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 32 to 30 points overall with 16 to 15 points at Higher Level. Specific offer is ascertained at interview. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
OR
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 24 must be at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 to H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A2 A2 B1 B1 B2 B2 to B1 B1 B1 B1 B2 B2. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 M2 M2 to M2 M2 M2 in three principal subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level.
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to BB in two A levels.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in an A level.
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB to BB in two A levels.
Specific offer is ascertained at interview.
European Baccalaureate offer 77% overall
OR
75% overall
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
 GCE A-level ABB to BBB from three A levels. 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.
International Baccalaureate requirements 32 to 30 points, 16 to 15 at higher level

 

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page.

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 a minimum of 6.5 in writing and Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

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 BBB from three A levels 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.

Typical course content

Aside from the archaeology modules listed in the table below there are many options for diversifying your study.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Archaeology brings together diverse approaches to answer questions such as what our ancestors ate, what they wore, who they traded with, and the environments they lived in. You might undertake the chemical analysis of ceramics or human bones, or use theories drawn from anthropology or sociology. Archaeology is one of the broadest subjects taught at university, and you can study it with either science or humanities A levels. All you need is an enquiring mind and an interest in the past.

We cover the full timespan of the human past, from the earliest humans to the modern world. The breadth of subjects available means that you can study the areas you are most interested in. Southampton is a world leader in maritime archaeology, and you can take these units in all four years.

Semester One
Compulsory
ARCH1057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA1038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
ARCH1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH1028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1062Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 2

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.

Semester One
Compulsory
ARCH2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
ARCH2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH2042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

Year 3

Your third year will be spent at one our partner institutions. More details can be found on the Exchange partners page

Year 4

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.

Semester One
Compulsory
ARCH3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
ARCH3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
ARCH3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
ARCH3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Archaeology (with Year Abroad)BA2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Archaeology (with Year Abroad)BA2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
View the full list of course fees

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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses: All software is provided. Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
FieldworkDuring your degree you are likely to go on a number of fieldtrips, and to take part in fieldwork. The exact number and nature of these trips will depend on your module and fieldwork choices. However, wherever and whatever you do you are likely to need access to; waterproofs, sturdy shoes or boots, sun hat and a small rucksack. For some sites you may be asked to have steel toed boots. For those qualified to do so, you may become involved in diving projects. In these circumstances you would normally be required to bring/hire your own mask, fins, snorkel, knife, exposure suit and dive watch (and if possible, dive computer).
ClothingLab Coats and safety Spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

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.

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportunity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are a frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek - such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis - embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study22%20%0%13%
Independent study78%80%1001%87%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment13%44%0%25%
Practical exam assessment11%0%0%12%
Coursework assessment76%56%100%63%

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