Through archaeology, we are constantly making new discoveries that change our understanding of past human societies. This course is designed for talented UK students with a curiosity for archaeology but whose personal circumstances make achieving our usual entry requirements difficult (see Personal Circumstances below for more information). This could be your opportunity to study your subject of choice at a top 20 UK university (Times Higher Education Rankings 2022). Through a range of engaging modules spanning the arts and humanities, the foundation year gives you an opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and digital capability. Your foundation year tutors will support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for undergraduate study. During the foundation year you will be a full member of the university, with all the opportunities this offers, including the same accommodation options as direct entry students. Upon progressing from the foundation year to the three-year Archaeology BA you'll be able to select specialist modules such as human bones or medieval castles. You will also complete 20 days of archaeological fieldwork. This includes taking part in an approved excavation project, or a related placement, in the UK or overseas.
Teaching sessions vary, including lectures, seminars and interactive digital media workshops. All students take the same core modules: Important Thinkers through History, Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning, Language and Culture, Media, Communication and Society, Narrative and Creativity, and The Project. Students progressing to modern language degrees may take 20 credits of modules in the Language Centre in place of The Project. You will also meet tutors from your chosen degree.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
European Baccalaureate - achieve 70% overall. GCSE English Language required at grade C or numeric grade 4. This course is part of the University's commitment to widening participation and applicants will typically meet criteria.
Additional entry requirements
This foundation pathway enables UK applicants to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to study the arts or humanities at degree-level. We do not consider students who already have a degree, EU or International applicants for this programme. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. The Arts and Humanities Foundation entry route is part of the University of Nottingham's commitment to Widening Participation, therefore Arts and humanities foundation students, typically, will fulfil three of the following criteria: •Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education •Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands •Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education •Attending a school or college with a low average A level score •Living in a deprived home location •Being (or having been) a refugee •Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after) •Holding alternative qualifications
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.