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University of Southampton

Ancient History and Archaeology

UCAS Code: V103

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

Typical Offer: AAB to ABB including a Humanities Subject* If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including a Humanities subject* and grade A in the EPQ Contextual Offer: ABB including a Humanities Subject* We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in a Humanities subject* OR 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2

D3 D3 M2 to D3 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including a Humanities subject* Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 to H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

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

DD

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A to B in an A level Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

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

D

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA to AB to include an A level Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A to B in an A level Humanities subject*. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/imported/transforms/content-block/UsefulDownloads_Download/76EAE52F749841A39C1965E3F54CDD76/university-of-southampton-curriculum-for-excellence-scotland-statement-July%202016.pdf. Applicants are advised to contact the Arts and Humanities Admissions team for more information at AdmissionsUG.AH@southampton.ac.uk

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

AAB to ABB from 3 A levels including a Humanities subject* or AA to AB from two A levels including a Humanities subject* and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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

57%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Ancient history

Archaeology

Are you interested in studying ancient artefacts to learn about the influence ancient cultures have on modern society? Apply for the BA in Ancient History and Archaeology degree at the University of Southampton and develop archaeological and anthropological thought of the past. Study the landscapes and seascapes of Britain’s past to understand how it has developed over decades and discover human origins to gain an insight into how we have evolved. You will be given the opportunity to use cutting edge technology through this combined bachelor’s degree to develop research and archival skills, preparing you for further study in a postgraduate degree or moving on to a subject related career. Graduates from the Ancient History and Archaeology BA degree have gained employment in heritage management, museums or archaeological research.

This BA programme harnesses the complementary strengths of Archaeology and Ancient History to transform our understanding of the past. In choosing this degree you will gain the opportunity to study and research to a high level, equipping yourself with specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study. Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to learn in an engaging, supportive and highly successful research environment. Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities contains leading experts in an enormous range of fields (Archaeology, History, Language, Literature and Film), related to archaeology and the ancient world. From ancient Egypt to Minoan civilisation, from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the Roman empire, from Roman Britain to the ancient Americas and the Middle East, from ancient philosophy and the biblical world to the rise of Islam, studying Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton affords you the chance to engage with topics about which you are already passionate, or to try something entirely new. This might mean application of cutting edge technology to discover and map new sites, or develop complimentary archival research skills. Whatever you choose, Archaeology and Ancient History at Southampton will enable you to gain invaluable skills and study topics about which both you and our staff are passionate.

Modules

Compulsory modules: The development of archaeological and anthropological thought; Introduction to the Ancient World; Archaeological methods for fieldwork and analysis; Professional and Academic Practise in Archaeology; Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology; Dissertation.
Typical optional modules: Masada: History and Myth; Consuls, Dictators, and Emperors; Alexander the Great and his Legacy; Latin Language; Ancient Greek Language; Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Being Roman; Literary Transformations of Ancient Myth; Apocalyptic Visions; Emperor Constantine; Cleopatra’s Egypt; Augustus; City of Rome; Roman Imperial Women; Christian Origins; Power of Rome: Europe’s First Empire; Maritime Archaeology; The Vikings; The Bible and History; Framing the Past: stardom, history and heritage in the cinema; Presenting the Past: Archaeology and Museums; The Body and Society; Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives; Ancient Greeks at War; The Rise of Islam; Iron Age Societies of Britain and Ireland; Alternative Sexualities; The World of Herod the Great; Art of the Roman Empire; Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past; Human Origins; The Emergence of Civilisations; Foundations of the Modern World: Classical and Medieval Archaeology; Bones, Bodies, and Burials: Osteology and Comparative Anatomy; Finding the Ancient World; Digging into Data: Quantitative Analysis for Archaeology; Critical Chronologies: Issues and Debates in Archaeological Dating; Molecular Archaeology; Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain

Assessment methods

Assessments of your knowledge and understanding are very varied, including examinations, essays, extended essays, practical assignments in both the laboratory and the field, presentations, portfolios and the dissertation. Progression is recognised in the assessment scheme, which tests the breadth and complexity of knowledge and understanding through to consolidation and application.

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
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

History

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.

80%
med
Ancient history
76%
low
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.

History

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

77%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Archaeology

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

80%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

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
56%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals
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.

Ancient history

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

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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.

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.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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