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University of Southampton

Archaeology and History

UCAS Code: VV41

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Typical Offer: AAB to ABB including History or a related subject* EPQ Offer: ABB including History or related subject* and Grade A in the EPQ Contextual Offer: ABB including History or related subject* General Studies is excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A-levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects, however all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies).

AAB to ABB. AAB: 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 credits at Distinction including 6 in History or a related subject*; and 6 credits at Merit. BBB: 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction including 6 in History or a related subject*; and 15 credits at Merit.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2

D3, D3, M2 to D3, M2, M2 from 3 Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects including History or related 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.

Extended Project

A

The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/learnwithustransition/epq-support/admissions-policy.page?)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

34 points with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level History or related subject* to 32 points with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level History or related subject* International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Humanities Admissions Team at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk 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 in History or related subject*

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

DD

Distinction, Distinction in BTEC National Diploma and grade A to B in History or a related subject* at A Level

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

D

Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and Grades AA to AB in two A Levels including History or a related subject*

Distinction, Distinction in BTEC National Extended Diploma and grade A to B in History or a related subject* at A level

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 Humanities Admissions team for more information at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk

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

B

Grades AA to AB from 2 A levels including History or related subject* and Grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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70%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

History

Archaeology

Archaeology brings together diverse approaches to answer questions such as what our ancestors ate, what they wore, who they traded with, and the environments they lived in, while history at Southampton challenges you to interpret the history of past societies critically and imaginatively. You will study past societies through their archaeological remains and through textual sources. Modules, such as one on the medieval period, may be studied from both perspectives, or you can select modules from entirely different periods, such as the prehistoric era from Archaeology and the second world war from History.

Modules

Compulsory modules: The Development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought; Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis; World Histories;  Professional and Academic Practice; Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology; Dissertation. Typical optional modules: Human Origins; Ancient and Medieval Worlds; Debates and Issues in Archaeological Science; Wonderful Things; World History in 40 Objects; Emergence of Civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others; Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s past; Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture; A Tudor Revolution in Government?; Who is Anne Frank?; Masada: History & Myth; The Battle of Agincourt; God’s Own Land: Exploring Pakistan’s Origins and History; Cities of the Dead: Death, Mourning and Remembrance in Victorian Britain; German Jews in Great Britain; Papal power in medieval Europe: crusades, heresy and clashes with kings; Histories of Empire; The End of the World: Apocalyptic Visions of History; Siena to Southampton: Medieval Towns and Cities; From Shah to Ayatollah: The Establishment of the Clerical Power in Iran; Joan of Arc: History behind the Myth; Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern; Twentieth-Century China; The power of Rome: Europe‘s first Empire; Introduction to Later European Prehistory; Maritime Archaeology; Bones, Bodies and Burials: Osteology and Comparative Anatomy; The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings; Human Dispersal and Evolution; Critical Chronologies: Issues and Debates in archaeological dating; Experimental Archaeology: the social prehistory of technology; American Foreign Relations from the Birth of the Republic to the Present Day; Power, Patronage and Politics in Early Modern England, 1509-1649; Stalin & Stalinism; Cleopatra’s Egypt; The Space Age; Building London 1666-2012; Evolution of Counterterrorism; Imperialism and Nationalism in British India; Nelson Mandela: A South African life; Rebels with a Cause: The Historical Origins of Christianity; Britain’s Global Empire; Napoleon and his legend; Ancient Greeks at War

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,536
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:

Archaeology

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.

78%
med
History
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.

History

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

73%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Archaeology

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

71%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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
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Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
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
50%
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.

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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.

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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