Undergraduate

v400 - Archaeology BA

Archaeology BA Honours

UCAS Code: V400 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree inspires you to explore the human past and the ways in which archaeologists investigate and interpret material remains from past cultures.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
V400

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

Scholarships are available for high achieving UK/EU students joining this degree in 2016. 

You'll enjoy hands-on experience of human history, with many chances to work directly with artefacts and take part in fieldwork:

  • minimum of four weeks' excavation fieldwork
  • artefact handling at the University-led Great North Museum
  • a wide range of field trips in our historically rich region

You can choose to study the periods of history that interest you the most, from prehistory right up to the present day.

In Stage 1 we place a strong emphasis on the archaeology of Britain, from the Stone Age to the recent past.

Later, we extend the geographical range of your studies to the rest of Europe.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I’ve enjoyed discovering how broad archaeology is as a topic and how many other disciplines feed into it; this makes it diverse and ensures that it is always interesting.

Octavia, Archaeology BA Honours
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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose either of the following:

At the end of Stage 1 you complete at least two weeks of excavation fieldwork.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one module from either Prehistoric Periods, Pathway P or Historic Periods, Pathway H:

Pathway P
Pathway H

In addition, you take two or three further optional modules from the following:

You may choose one further optional module to bring your total credits to 120. The following are recommended choices:

At the end of Stage 2, or in each of the two long vacations during the degree programme, you complete a further two weeks of fieldwork.

Stage 3

Compulsory module

Optional modules

You choose one module from either Prehistoric Periods, Pathway P or Historic Periods, Pathway H; plus one or two further modules from either Pathway:

Pathway P
Pathway H

You may choose further optional modules to bring your total credits to 120. The following are recommended choices:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Careers

Archaeology careers

Archaeology students enter a wide range of careers. The graduate job market includes careers in finance, marketing, administration, the media, management and teaching and is as open to archaeologists as to any other graduates. Employers appreciate the combination of transferable skills which our degrees give you.

Some of our students continue as professional archaeologists or historians with organisations such as English Heritage, or within public and private museums and local authority planning offices.

Postgraduate courses cater for those wishing to specialise in various types of archaeological or historical work and these include opportunities for professional training and study in museum and heritage work.

In addition, many graduates volunteer in museums or on excavations in the UK or abroad to increase their practical experience before taking up permanent employment.

Other archaeology graduates use their skills and expertise as company archivists, information technologists and specialist librarians and researchers. Our graduates also enter industries such as publishing, broadcasting and public relations.

Find out more about the career options for Archaeology from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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