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Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
VQ48
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Accreditation
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the University Archaeology UK group (UAUK)
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
ABB
Subjects
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is currently ranked 3rd in the world for archaeology in the QS World Rankings, and 2nd in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2020 League Table, with a score of 97.7/100, the Institute provides a world-class environment for students at all levels of study.

  • The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer a huge variety of optional modules, covering a diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner.

  • Optional modules (which may not run every year) include Greek Art & Architecture, Zooarchaeology, Archaeological Photography, Indigenous Archaeology, Archaeology of Human Evolution (to name but a few!)

  • The degree includes 70 days of partially funded fieldwork: destinations have included Belize, Spain, USA, Romania, Portugal, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Wales, Scotland, Uganda & Greece (to name a few) or a Classical Field Study Tour (do contact the department for more details about this). 

Accreditation

All UCL Institute of Archaeology undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Universities Archaeology UK (UAUK).   On graduation students can become a Practioner member of CIfA (PCIfA), which demonstrates the skills required for employment in archaeology, heritage and museums, as well as a commitment to maintain high professional standards, attributes that are important for employment in many sectors within or outside of archaeology.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional modules. 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 optional modules in particular subject areas.

Students registered for this degree undertake a four-week study visit to the Mediterranean as part of their 70 days of fieldwork (this is also partially funded). This is an individual programme of visits to sites and museums around the Mediterranean developed by you in conjunction 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.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Archaeology
Field Methods
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: From early states to Globalisation 
In addition, you will also take 30 credits of Ancient Greek or Latin modules.

Optional modules

You will select two of the following optional modules:

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

Compulsory module(s)

Current Issues in Archaeological Theory 

Research and Presentation Skills

Optional modules

You will select optional modules (worth 90 credits in total) in the following areas:

Greek and Roman archaeology – normally Greek Art and Architecture or Roman Art and Architecture
Ancient languages, archaeology, or ancient world studies
A further optional module to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

You will select modules (worth a total of 60 credits) in the following areas:

Greek and Roman art/archaeology
Classical world (archaeology, literature, ancient language, history)
Additional optional module to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.


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 modules. Most compulsory modulses and some optional modules involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students. This includes a four-week study tour for Classical Archaeology students.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

Throughout the degree, which includes 70 days of fieldwork, students develop the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams as well as working independently in order to execute research. Students develop strong research and analytical skills and an appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience.

Students learn to communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences and develop a sensitivity to different cultures.

Our graduates go on to work in a diverse range of fields from archaeology (fieldwork, research and academia), heritage, museums, the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, business - the possibilities are extremely wide and varied.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£27,540 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

The UCAS application forms are assessed by a central UCL team and the Archaeology department.  The personal statement and predicted grades are used for assessment and sometimes extra information is requested. 

Once an offer has been made applicants, unless living overseas, are invited to attend a Post Offer Open Day where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL 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. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas including Virtual Open Days and tours outside of the advertised dates. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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