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BA (Hons) Archaeology

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  • UCAS Code:
    C786
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Evidence shows there’s been a huge surge in demand for archaeologists in the UK following a sharp rise in infrastructure projects, so there’s never been a better time to study this degree at BU.

You can take the degree as a BA or BSc according to whether you prefer an arts-based or scientific route. All students study the same first year so it’s easy to transfer from one to the other. There’s a combination of academic study and practical experience in place, producing highly skilled practitioners experienced in all forms of landscape survey, remote sensing, excavation and recording. 

You’ll learn through expert-led lectures, seminars and a range of exciting and relevant fieldwork opportunities all over the UK. As well as a five or 30-week work placement, you may get to take part in excavations organised by our active team of archaeologists, such as the excavations in the Cotswolds that uncovered a 6,000-year-old prehistoric burial monument. You could also work with commercial archaeologists to gain essential transferable skills recognised by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists. You will also attend BU’s archaeological field school, the Durotriges Big Dig, at the end of your first year.

Our archaeology courses received an impressive 100% overall satisfaction rating from final year students in the latest National Student Survey. Why not join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day?

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 3mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology is
  • Enthusiasm for the study of the human past
  • An interest in the application of science
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Volunteer work or experience in archaeology (whilst not essential, this is a desirable attribute).

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Our Archaeology degrees teach you the skills you need to work in the field, as well as a host of transferable skills that you can apply to a variety of roles in other sectors. Many of our graduates go on to work for organisations related to archaeology and historical preservation, with 70% finding work or going into further study within six months of finishing their course.

According to a recent report by Historic England, three thousand people are currently employed in commercial archaeology in England, but this will need to grow by a minimum of 25% over the next six years to meet demand.

PAST Passport scheme

The Professional Archaeological Skills and Training (PAST) Passport scheme has been designed by our in-house commercial archaeology unit, BUARC, to train students in the necessary excavation, survey and recording skills required by employers in professional field archaeology.

Your fieldwork training will start at the end of your first year on the Big Dig. You will gain new skills throughout your degree. At the end of your third year you will be offered the opportunity to work alongside our in-house consultancy and undertake a bespoke fieldwork training programme. 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes