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UCAS code: F402
This programme provides a training in archaeology focusing on the analysis of ancient materials and past environments, essential theoretical concepts and field techniques. Archaeological science addresses important questions about past societies, and there are opportunities to participate in current research using our extensive laboratories and wide-ranging reference collections.
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|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|
|Subjects||A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.|
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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.
- 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 lead research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.
You share many of the same core courses in your first and second years as the Archaeology BA students. But there will be new second-year core courses for the BSc and the routes differ in the focus of optional courses as you choose courses with a greater (BSc) concentration on the scientific analysis and in the topic of your dissertation.
The first year provides a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.
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.
In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.
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.
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 students in archaeology.
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).
Further details on department website: Archaeology BSc
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 and the civil service.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2012) of this programme include:
- Full-time student, MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour at UCL (2012)
- Community Archaeologist, Dyfed Archaeological Trust (2011)
- Full-time student, MA Principles of Conservation at UCL (2011)
- Production Co-ordinator, Environment Films (2010)
- Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Projects Services (2009)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
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.
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.
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