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University of Reading

Archaeology

UCAS Code: V400

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

to 15 Level 3 Units at Distinction and 30 Level 3 Units at Merit

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

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

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Archaeology

Study with us and join a department that has an outstanding record in student satisfaction, with scores consistently between 90%100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2010-2018[1]. Archaeology is an academic subject that will teach you valuable theoretical and practical skills, with opportunities to use specialist equipment, work in laboratories and access three superb on-campus museums.At Reading, we are especially focused on issues from the past that are critical to our shared global future human diets and health, climate change, inequality and resilience, migration and identity. Learn from staff who are experts in their field on topics such as burial archaeology, material culture, bioarchaeology (including human remains), forensics and past environments (including geoarchaeology). You will get to study the material traces of past societies, handle human remains and learn about burial archaeology, and realise how ideas of gender are reflected and imposed through the material world.There will be fieldwork opportunities and chances to work with experts on live research projects where you can put your skills into practice, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing, and contribute to new archaeological knowledge through our discoveries.At the end of the first year you will get to take part in one of the most popular parts of our courses; an excavation trip on which you will receive high-quality training in a range of practical archaeological field techniques.In addition to getting involved with archaeological excavations in the UK and Europe and developing the practical techniques to carry out digs, you will also gain skills required to analyse human and animal bones, objects and plant remains in order to understand past societies.If you are interested in studying abroad, the Department of Archaeology participates in the Erasmus+ scheme. Placement opportunities are also available in a variety of contexts, enabling you to enhance your skills, develop a network of contacts and strengthen your employability. Recent examples include a traineeship with Oxford Archaeology and a placement on the Mediterranean Palaeoclimate Project.We encourage and provide opportunities for you to undertake placements, enabling you to boost your work-related skills and develop a network of contacts. Placements have been carried out across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors as well as in a non-related business or industry if you wanted to explore different career options.**Careers**A degree in archaeology from the University of Reading will equip you with plenty of valuable skills for a range of different careers in various sectors, including archaeology and heritage, construction and surveying, media, science, law, financial services, teaching and other occupations where logic and critical thinking are valued.The opportunities to gain fieldwork experience through the course highly valued by employers in the sector can lead to participating in our research projects across the world. Students from Reading have recently taken part in projects in Spain, the Outer Hebrides, Islay, and Silchester.Graduates from the course have found employment with Oxford Archaeology, the Museum of London Archaeology, Historic England and the Natural History Museum. A number of graduates each year also choose to pursue further study following graduation.[1] For more details, ask us at www.reading.ac.uk/question.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Practising archaeology: methods and approaches
• Bones, bodies and burials: the archaeology of death
• From primates to pyramids: world prehistory
• Ancient civilisations of the Middle East and Egypt
• From Rome to the Reformation: historical archaeology

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Archaeology

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

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
44%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£17,108
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

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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