Archaeology (with Foundation Year) at University of Nottingham - UCAS

Course summary

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. This could be your opportunity to study your subject of choice at a top 20 UK university (Times Higher Education Rankings 2024). 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 course has restrictions on who can apply.

We do not consider students who already have a degree, EU or international applicants for this programme.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - achieve 70% overall. This course is part of the University's commitment to widening participation. 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. As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you must have attended a UK state school or college and meet at least one of the following personal background criteria: 1. You live in an area where people are less likely to go to university - visit our online prospectus course page to find our post code checker tool. 2. You were in receipt of free school meals (FSM) on any census day in the six years before the census day of your final KS4 year (that is, the year you were aged 15-16 years old) 3. You are the first generation in your family to enter higher education. 4. You will be over 21 years old when you begin the course. 5. You have spent more than three months in local authority care (for this criterion you do not need to have attended a state school or college). 6. You have refugee status from the Home Office. 7. You need to study in the East Midlands (for example for family, cultural or financial reasons). 8. You provide long term care of a sick or disabled family member. Where relevant you should include reference to 6, 7 and 8 in your personal statement, or provide this information via [email protected] when you submit your UCAS application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Archaeology (with Foundation Year) at University of Nottingham - UCAS