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University of Manchester

Archaeology and History

UCAS Code: VV30

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

Grades AAA-AAB to include History. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer. A-level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application. Typical contextual offer: Grades AAB including History. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the offer. For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/ We recognise that applicants often achieve higher than their predicted grades, so we will consider applicants who are predicted to achieve one grade below our standard offer of AAA. The standard offer will be made in all cases, unless the applicant is studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). These applicants will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer with the condition they must achieve a Grade A in the EPQ. Applicants who are eligible for a contextual offer will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer applicants. Applicants who are also studying the EPQ and achieve a Grade A will receive an offer two grades below the standard entry requirements. If your predicted grades are at the lower end of our advertised range and you are not studying the EPQ please contact the School to discuss your application as the School considers all applications holistically.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3.  Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths.  We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis. Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements: For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject.  15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels. If you are applying to a programme involving History: all Access applicants will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be: AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points overall, with 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in History.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades AA, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D* plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, A-level Grade A is required in History.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in History.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in History.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

We require DDD, plus one A-level at grade A in History.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History, plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): AAA at A-level:  Highers of AAAABB or AABB plus Advanced Higher Grade. A. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject): AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades. AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades. AA. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B,B

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): AAA at A-level: Highers of AAAABB or AABB plus Advanced Higher Grade. A. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject): AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades. AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades. AA. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

136-186

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75%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Archaeology

History

This joint honours degree explores the past through both The Written and The Wrought by examining lives, technologies, monuments and events through a close integration of Archaeology and History. Whilst History specialises in the study of past societies through their written documents, many cultures are best approached not just through the texts that framed their lives, but the landscapes, architecture and objects they made or inhabited. Combine the best of both worlds: training in critical historical source analysis with practical archaeological methods, in our exciting new degree. You can select courses in Ancient, Medieval or Modern as well as Economic and Social History, or even specialise in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Other modules offer insights into gender history or the history of warfare and violence. Dedicated modules in historical archaeology bring these two subjects into close focus, with further archaeological options in prehistory to the industrial revolution, and historical modules in British, European, African or Asian history.By drawing from the widest range of sources and methods, History and Archaeology embraces a rich tapestry of perspectives on the human past. You can take part in research training in both archival study and archaeological methods, developing skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities, including Public History, Conservation, Urban Planning, Field Archaeology, Heritage Management, and careers within museums and art galleries.**The course aims to**:- Fulfil the University's undertaking to provide high quality teaching and research environment that enables students to develop their full potential; - Encourage students to take increasing charge of their own learning, develop critical skills and broaden their intellectual horizons, and to foster an enthusiasm for the subject; - Provide students with a knowledge of a range of past societies and cultures, and an understanding of archaeological and historical theory, method and interpretation; - Foster a critical understanding of the place and importance of history and archaeology in contemporary society, including the issues and controversies which they provoke; - Introduce students to the historical and archaeological inheritance of Manchester and the North West; - Harness the wide range of staff expertise in the Departments of History and Archaeology to provide innovatory and stimulating course units appropriate to the programmes; - Monitor, review and update programmes regularly to ensure that they meet appropriate academic standards; - Respond positively to the needs and concerns of students from a range of backgrounds; - Provide effective pastoral and academic support; - Develop in students a range of transferable skills to meet career demands, including careers in archaeology, and provide a foundation for lifelong learning;- Equip capable students to participate in taught masters programmes and prepare students for independent research at a higher level. **Special Features**You will have the opportunity to attend a range of different archaeological projects where you will receive training in fieldwork (there is the potential for four weeks archaeological fieldwork). Our students can benefit through extensive use of our cultural assets: the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery (see also section on Facilities).

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Archaeology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

History

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Archaeology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to do a job in the arts - with lots of the great outdoors? Try archaeology! There don't tend to be many archaeology undergraduates out there (just under 700 graduated in 2015) - but it's quite a popular subject at postgraduate level. In fact, over a quarter of archaeology graduates take some kind of further study when they graduate - usually more study of archaeology. When you look at the stats, be aware that junior jobs in archaeology are not always well paid at the start of your career, and that temporary contracts are not uncommon. Thankfully, though, unpaid work, whilst not completely gone, is less common than it used to be. The archaeology graduates of 2015 found jobs in archaeology, of course, but also management and heritage and environment work, as well as more conventional graduate jobs in marketing and the finance industry.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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