University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Archaeology (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

  • Archaeology achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • 6th for overall student satisfaction in England for Archaeology, and 2nd out of modern universities in England (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Learn from world-leading archaeology scholars in a stimulating and engaging environment
  • Use our fully equipped laboratory and the latest range of industry-standard surveying equipment, including a ground penetrating radar and geoscan gradiometers
  • Join fieldwork projects abroad, such as in Barbados and Georgia
Archaeology takes a painstaking look at the physical evidence of past societies to trace the evolution and cultural history of humanity. Our BA in Archaeology takes you on an immersive and exciting journey through time - drawing from subjects within the humanities, sciences and social sciences to understand past cultures and conserve them for future generations. Winchester is home to experienced archaeology scholars who provide stimulating and engaging teaching materials. In a supportive environment, you learn highly-relevant fieldwork techniques and rigorous academic training in library-based research. Our department is one of only a handful of academic faculties to be a registered organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a quality assurance scheme for professional practice in the field. To make sure you make the most of fieldwork in the UK and abroad, we have excellent field equipment, including a ground penetrating radar, geoscan gradiometers, a magnetic susceptibility meter and an X-ray fluorescence analyser. In addition, you use specialist computer software such as Geoplot, EKKO Mapper and Voxler geophysics. Our department also has a commercial research consultancy (ARCA), where you can learn from highly-trained specialist staff. The consultancy offers valuable laboratory work experience – an opportunity to combine your academic expertise with delivering high-quality commercial solutions. The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the entry qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes. Year 1 (second year of study) provides a sound foundation in the theory and practice of archaeology, including world prehistory. It is rounded off with a four-week excavation in the summer. Popular Year 2 (third year of study) modules include the Greek World, Early or Later Prehistoric Europe, Medieval Archaeology, The Archaeology of Death and Burial, The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual, and a week-long Fieldwork module visiting sites in another part of Britain. Year 3 (fourth year of study) modules feature The Celts, The Archaeology of Africa, Roman Art and Architecture, and The Archaeology of Buddhism. You undertake fieldwork throughout the course and pool all your learning into a final-year dissertation. As we become more attuned to how the past is able to help shape our future, archaeologists are increasingly playing key roles in policy development and decision-making. Graduates enter the archaeological profession and work in museums, heritage organisations, commercial archaeology and local authorities. Others find careers within applied science; environmental management, geomatics and remote sensing.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of 1 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 1 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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