v400 - Archaeology BA

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Meet Sophie from the UK

About me

Choosing Newcastle

I had been to lots of open days before coming to Newcastle and I had never been quite sure how I felt about those universities. I then came to the Newcastle University open day and I knew straight away that it was where I wanted to go. I remember walking up through Northumberland Street and thinking how incredible the atmosphere was and then as I walked up the stairs by Kings Gate and saw the Student Union and the Armstrong Building I knew I could picture myself studying here. I found the archaeology talk that I went to extremely interesting and the staff and students present were so friendly and welcoming that I knew I wanted to enrol on the course.

Studying at Newcastle 

The quality of teaching is excellent. The lectures I attend are always well organised with detailed PowerPoints and the lecturers always provide a great range of information on all topics. The lecturers are also great outside of lectures, always offering to help with understanding topics, essay plans and giving general advice on how to do well. 

Studying Archaeology

One of the things I like most about my course is that it is a small course. It means that everyone knows each other and it is a quite a close-knit, friendly group. My favourite module was ‘Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492)’. The module really highlighted my interest in the historical period and in slavery in particular. I found the module extremely interesting as I had never studied the colonies in America before.

Recommending Archaeology

It is a great course to choose. The teaching standard is extremely high, the lecturers are friendly and the course is small and you get to know people quickly. There is a real range of modules to choose from which allow you to study a range of different time periods and the course is not very exam heavy, there is a greater focus on essays, which is beneficial for a lot of people. 

Living in Newcastle

There is always something to do and I am never bored. There are an endless amount shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Then there are also the more quirky things to do like see an old film at Tyneside Cinema, visit one of the art galleries or go to the market at the Quay. The links to the beach are also great and mean that when there’s a bit of nice weather your day is sorted. If I had to recommend Newcastle to a friend I would say that it is a vibrant city to live in where you could do something different every day of the week. 

Being Social

There are so many clubs and societies to join that there is without doubt something for everyone. I am a member of the Archaeology Society which runs a range of events. There are guest lectures, trips abroad, nights out and every year there is a ball to celebrate the end of the year.

Student Accommodation

I lived in Richardson Road during my first year and it was the best experience. I had never lived away from home before but within a week Ricky Road felt just like home. You bond with the people you live with so quickly and living away from home gives you an opportunity to make lots of new friends who you might not have met otherwise. 

Managing your money

I am a firm believer in budgeting your money on a weekly basis and trying your best to stick to the budget you set. I think it is important to be aware of how much money you have and how much you can afford to spend once you have paid for the rent, bills and food. If you get really stuck for money the university offer paid work experience placements which can be a really good way to gain relevant experience and make some money.

Future goals

After I graduate I am planning to study an MA in Museum Studies. My lecturers have been extremely helpful on suggesting the best place to go for the course and have also helped me write a personal statement as well as provide references. Studying at Newcastle will provide me with a flexible degree from a well-respected Russell Group university which will form a good basis for applying for further education and jobs in the future.