Archaeology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Archaeology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

V578

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    V578; Short form: AFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Current Legal Issues
  • Introduction to Geography and Environmental Management
  • Investigation Project

Continued

  • Archaeology Project
  • Key Themes in Archaeology
  • Professional Policing
  • Introduction to Engineering Analysis
  • Introduction to History

Year 2

  • The Archaeology of Britain
  • Field Archaeology 1
  • History of Archaeological Thought

Plus TWO of the following options:

  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology
  • Bones, Bodies and Burials
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Year 3

  • Field Archaeology 2
  • Archaeological Materials
  • Thinking about the Past
  • Themes in British Archaeology

Plus TWO of the following (the modules available will depend on the year of delivery and availability):

  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Animals
  • Hunter-Gatherers: Past and Present
  • Geomatics
  • The Archaeology of Death and the Dead Body
  • World Archaeology of Art
  • Introduction to Professional Practice

Year 4

  • Archaeology and Anthropology Dissertation
  • Field Archaeology 3
  • Themes in  British Archaeology II

Plus TWO of the following (the modules available will depend on the year of delivery and availability):

  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Animals
  • Hunter-Gatherers: Past and Present
  • Geomatics
  • The Archaeology of Death and the Dead Body
  • World Archaeology of Art
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Forensic Taphonomic Traces
  • Human Remains Recovery
  • Human Evolution

Further Information


"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.

The Archaeology degree 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 final 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.

Study Archaeology at UCLan

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.

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

Facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a new archaeological science laboratory with areas for processing finds, a soil flotation unit, a dedicated bone lab for the analysis of skeletal remains and a suite of geophysical and excavation equipment - plus our teaching collection includes one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.

Opportunities

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.

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