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  • Objectives
    At The School of Archaeology and Ancient History, staff and students work together to create a fertile and stimulating environment for learning and furthering our knowledge of the past. Our aim as archaeologists and ancient historians is to enhance our understanding of the wonderful diversity of past ways of life that have left fragmentary traces in the form of material objects and texts. Our aim as teachers is to share with you that understanding, and our passion for the subject. The recognition the School has received for its teaching and research excellence, nationally and internationally, is testimony to our success in achieving these aims. This success is founded on our continuing commitment to students and to innovative, high-quality teaching.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS levels: Three A levels usually required, two AS levels considered in place of one A level. History A level (Grade B) preferred for History & Archaeology and for Ancient History & History. Geography A level preferred for Geography and Archaeology. General Studies accepted. * GCSE: English and Mathematics usually required at grade C or above. * Access to HE courses: Pass, with at least the requisite credits at level 3. * European Baccalaureate: Pass with 70% overall. * International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28-30 points. * BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DMM, plus any subject/GCSE requirements. * Leicestershire Progression Accord: 270-330 points plus full Accord credits. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications strictly comparable with our degree structure, such as Certificate in Archaeology level 1 or a first year pass in an Archaeology or Ancient History degree from another University. * Other qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Interviews not normally required. * All applicants receiving an offer will be invited to visit the School.
  • Academic Title
    BA Archaeology
  • Course description
    BA Archaeology


    Year One

    You will study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the twentieth century and you will be taught the aims and methods of archaeology. You will also gain practical experience across a broad spectrum of archaeological activities. As a key part of your first year you will participate in an excavation training school in the Leicester area.

    Year Two

    You choose four particular archaeological periods to study in detail. Choices include early prehistory, Iron Age and Roman archaeology, the archaeology of the Mediterranean world, and medieval and early modern archaeology. You will also have the option to study a range of laboratory-based courses and there are core courses in practical archaeology, archaeological theory and professional skills. At the end of the year you participate in a research excavation, which can take place anywhere in the world! In Year two there is the option of transferring to a BSc stream, where there is greater emphasis on laboratory and science-based courses.

    Year Three

    You write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, and choose four specialist modules from a wide selection. Current choices include, among others: period specialisms such as human origins, Iron Age Britain, Britain in the Roman Empire, the medieval city, and early Christian Europe; thematic modules, including, food and culture, and warfare, conflict and violence in antiquity; and science-based methodological courses such as forensic archaeology, ceramic technology, archaeobotany and human skeletal analysis.

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