Archaeological Practice with Professional Placement at University of Winchester - UCAS

Course summary

  • Spend a full year gaining invaluable experience with our industry placement
  • Use our fully equipped laboratory and the latest range of industry-standard surveying equipment, including a ground penetrating radar and geoscan gradiometers
  • Graduate with your own professional portfolio to impress employers
  • Accredited by The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK).
Have you always wanted to be a professional archaeologist, getting your hands dirty and making exhilarating finds? Make no bones about it, this four-year vocational course is a great pathway into a career in the field, teaching you the necessary skills to gather, analyse and interpret archaeological evidence to truly bring the past to life. On our hands-on programme, you use cutting-edge scientific techniques to explore history and prehistory. You go out into the field and discover real artefacts of historic importance, studying a wide range of topics from Prehistoric Europe and Roman Britain to Forensic and Maritime Archaeology. Then you make good use of your knowledge in a year-long placement within the industry and come away with a professional portfolio to impress future employers. 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. In Year 1, you learn all the basics for a solid foundation in Archaeology, from prehistory to the historic period and cover topics like Archaeological Science and Fieldwork. This is topped off with an exciting four weeks at a live excavation site. You cement your knowledge in Year 2 by acquiring practical and applied skills including in Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and measured survey. You also dig deeper into chosen areas of study, for example in Human Bioarchaeology and the Archaeology of Popular Culture then wrap up the year with an optional field trips and another summer excavation. Delve into what it’s really like to work as a professional archaeologist in Year 3 with a full year’s placement at an archaeological organisation and develop a Portfolio of professional practice to demonstrate your experience to future employers. In Year 4, you engage in more vocational learning during classes on project management and cultural heritage law. You write a dissertation, often on a practical topic, such as a site survey. And there’s a final chance to study in-depth topics that really interest you, ranging from Prehistoric Wessex, through Caribbean Peoples and Cultures to Battlefield Archaeology. The Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Winchester is one of only three academic institutes to be a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), a quality assurance scheme for professional practice. With the course’s focus on vocational archaeology, it’s no surprise that many of our graduates proceed directly into a career in professional archaeology, often with commercial archaeological organisations undertaking developer funded excavation, survey work and research work.


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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) (formerly Institute of Field Archaeologists)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence. All undergraduate applicants are also required to provide evidence of English Language and will need to obtain a minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall (including 5.5 in Writing).

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). 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.

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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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

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

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Archaeological Practice with Professional Placement at University of Winchester - UCAS