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Ms Charlotte Frearson

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Subject areas:

Archaeology
and
Classical World

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

Department website:

Institute of Archaeology

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Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA

UCAS code: VQ48

For students interested in the classical world this degree provides a focus on the art and material culture of Greece and Rome. The programme includes a basic grounding in at least one classical language, fundamental aspects of archaeology, and field visits to develop a first-hand acquaintance with sites, museums and objects.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB-ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 34-36
Subjects A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, with an unrivalled range of specialist staff. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists.
  • The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to the study of ancient languages.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.

All students registered for this degree are required to undertake a six-week study visit to the Mediterranean as part of their 70 days of fieldwork. This is an individual programme of visits to sites and museums around the Mediterranean developed by you in conjuction with the degree co-ordinator. The study tour allows students to pursue aspects of their first two years of coursework in more depth, and prepare for their final-year dissertation, through extended critical first-hand examination of sites and artefacts of the ancient Mediterranean.

In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio or fieldwork study report, and to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.

Assessment

Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students. This includes a six-week study tour for Classical Archaeology students.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Archaeology
Field Methods
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: the Deep History of Human Societies
In addition, you will also take Ancient Language courses (Greek or Latin) worth 1.0 credits.

Optional courses

You will select two of the following optional courses:

Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Research and Presentation Skills
Theory and Method for the Archaeology of the Ancient World

Optional courses

You will select optional courses (worth 3.0 credits in total) in:

Greek and Roman Archaeology – normally Greek Art and Architecture or Roman Art and Architecture
Ancient Languages, Archaeology, or Ancient World Studies
A further option to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Dissertation relating to Classical Archaeology (subject to approval), Classical Civilisation or Classical Art
Field Study Tour Report or Fieldwork Portfolio
Archaeology in the World

Optional courses

You will select courses (worth a total of 2.0 credits) in:

Greek and Roman Art/Archaeology
Classical World (Archaeology, Literature, Ancient Language, History)
Additional optional course to be chosen from a range of options in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Further details on department website: Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA

Opportunities

At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.

The extensive fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology. This is evident by the numbers of graduates who gain employment with archaeological field units or pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.

For others, an archaeology degree offers a strong foundation in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film and a wide range of other fields.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Accounts Manager, Artscience (2012)
  • Full-time student, College of Law, Law converstion degree
  • Field Archaeology, Museum of London (2011)
  • Actress, Questors Theatre (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

All applicants under consideration are asked to complete a compulsory questionnaire, based on the degree applied for, which is used in conjunction with the UCAS form to assess suitability.

On completion of the questionnaire, unless living overseas, applicants are then invited to attend an applicant Open Day, where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternate arrangements can be made for those living overseas.

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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