Full-time: three years, Part-time: usually six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
V400; Short form: BSc/Arch
Preston (Campus code: U)
Right from your very first week, you’ll be out working the mud with professional archaeologists, learning how to dig on live sites - this extremely hands-on course is split evenly between practicals, lectures and fieldwork and is designed to give you a wide general knowledge of archaeology, focusing in particular on the archaeology of Britain. You’ll spend four weeks each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on live digs, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting edge research.
280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma : 28P
IELTS : grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
122 points at
: Distinction, Merit, Merit
: Distinction* Distinction*
with 112 P
: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 s at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
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Optional modules (one is selected; not all are available each year)
Optional modules (choose three modules from this list; not all modules are available each year)
Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year)
The staff have been phenomenal, always friendly and supportive. They provided help and feedback and had the time to talk privately about anything that I didn't understand.
The study of Archaeology focuses on our understanding of past cultures, patterns of resource use and ways of life through an examination of a variety of evidence including artefacts, human remains, the landscape and documentary records. The systematic recovery and critical interpretation of such evidence is essential to the development of archaeological knowledge.
Archaeology at UCLan is a wide-ranging and practically-based single honours degree; allowing our students to gain vital experience and build contacts with working archaeologists. Undertaking a substantial research project in the fourth year, leads to the Master of Science award.
The practical emphasis starts at the beginning of the degree; you spend their first week on one of the University’s training excavations learning how to dig. Teaching on the rest of the degree is split evenly between practicals, lectures and fieldwork. You will also spend at least eight weeks on placement – working on real excavations, helping to do cutting-edge research. Some of these digs are research projects run by UCLan staff, but we also encourage more experienced students to organise their own placements with external organisations, either here or abroad. Previous students have excavated extremely significant finds while on this course, including the rare Anglo-Saxon find in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, of the skeletal remains of a high ranking woman buried with a valuable cow.
All our staff are actively researching. We have an excellent staff-student ratio, ensuring personal attention for all our students. The degree is designed to give students a wide general knowledge of archaeology; focussing in particular on the archaeology of Britain. We have excellent laboratory facilities as well as an extensive teaching collection; including one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.
There’s a good amount of practical fieldwork . . The teachers are very well read on their subjects . . Really interesting modules available . . The facilities are available to everyone. And good advice was always available when needed.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
We have links with a number of local and national archaeological organisations including Oxford Archaeology, ARUP, Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Museum of London Archaeology, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Council of British Archaeology, and the Institute for Archaeologists.
The key resource for all our teaching is access to a range of exciting projects. Generous levels of fieldwork support allow us to offer students an exceptional variety of placement opportunities. Recently our archaeology students have been digging at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire; at various prehistoric sites on the West Coast of Scotland; at cave sites in Wales and Lancashire and a major Anglo-Saxon site in Cambridgeshire. We also have a full range of up-to-date equipment for materials analysis plus geophysical and topographic survey.
The Archaeology degree is assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and practical work. Individual modules vary but over the whole degree there is a roughly even spread of the different types of assessment.
We have an excellent staff-student ratio, ensuring personal attention for all our students - in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results 100% of BSc (Hons) Archaeology students were overall satisfied with their course. Our students gave their course a 100% rating for 15 out of the 23 categories. You can view the full results on Unistats.
You will spend at least eight weeks on placement – working on real excavations and helping to do cutting-edge research. Some of these digs are research projects run by UCLan staff, but we also encourage more experienced students to organise their own placements with external organisations, either here or abroad.
About 10% of our students do some or all of their placement with an external organisation, usually these are museum-based but we have also had people working for other local archaeological employers.
You’ll have the chance to go on a two-week study field trip to Kenya in your final year, a unique opportunity to live and work among the Maasai people and study the archaeology of their country.
UCLan Archaeology has a selection of international opportunities across the globe. Past projects where student have participated include California, Spain, Albania, Israel, and Mauritius. Current projects include Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of California; the archaeology of the Great War, with fieldwork on the Somme, in France; and the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland.
There are more career opportunities available in the UK than you might think - according to the Institute for Archaeologists web site, the archaeological profession provides more than 5,000 jobs and contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year, in both the public and the private sector - indeed, in 2011 there were approximately 6,000 archaeologists in the UK working for over 200 companies.
UCLan Archaeology graduates work for a number of different contracting archaeological organisations. Others are employed in museums or are doing research degrees at a variety of UK universities. Some have used the transferable skills they gained on their degree to enter graduate level employment in other areas of work or to undergo further training to work in careers such as teaching.