Undergraduate

vv41 - History and Archaeology BA

History and Archaeology BA Honours

UCAS Code: VV41 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of both historical documents and archaeological remains to understand how past communities lived.

A student works on excavation as part of fieldwork. The practical aspect of this course gives hands-on experience in fieldwork methods, artefact handling and archaeological recording techniques.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
VV41

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
IB: 32 points

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

We focus principally on the period from the Romans to the present day, with modules spanning centuries and continents, giving you flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests.

You begin with the study of Roman, Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval Britain, before exploring European archaeology.

Optional modules in areas such as the history of North America, Mexico, East Asia and Russia are also available.

You'll gain hands-on experience of the past through a minimum of four weeks' excavation fieldwork in your first two years, plus artefact handling at the University-led Great North Museum.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I enjoy the hands-on nature of archaeology when compared to other disciplines. I can’t think of another course that places its students on the cutting edge of active research.

Elliott, History and 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.

Programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select one or two of the modules below:

If only one module is selected from the above list then you will take one other open elective module. We recommend the following:

Fieldwork

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

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take five of the following modules, choosing at least two modules from History and at least one from Archaeology:

History modules:

Archaeology modules:

Other modules

Fieldwork

At the end of Stage 2 you complete a further two weeks of fieldwork.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You choose one of the following compulsory modules:

Optional modules

You choose four modules from the lists below. You must select at least one module from History and one from Archaeology.

History modules:

Archaeology modules:

Other modules:

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

History and Archaeology careers

Archaeology students enter a wide range of careers. The graduate job market includes careers in:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • administration
  • the media
  • management
  • 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, for example, company archivists, information technologists, specialist librarians and researchers, and in a variety of industries including publishing, broadcasting and public relations.

Find out more about the career options for History and 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 2014/15.

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% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial 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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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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