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Archaeoleg (BA) Part time

  • UCAS code: Direct entry
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Mode: Part time

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Entry Year

Why study this course

Archaeoleg yw'r astudiaeth o olion cymdeithasau'r gorffennol, o'r gwrthrychau bach a wisgir ar y corff i gyfadeiladau anferth fel Côr y Cewri. Gan gymysgu'r gwyddorau a'r dyniaethau, bydd archaeoleg yn eich arfogi i ddeall yn well beth yw bod yn ddynol. Dyma ' r unig ddisgyblaeth sy'n eich galluogi i astudio dynoliaeth o ' r hominidiaid cynharaf 5 miliwn o flynyddoedd yn ôl hyd heddiw.

A ninnau’n un o arloeswyr y ddisgyblaeth yn y DU, rydym yn dathlu 100 mlynedd o Archaeoleg a Chadwraeth yn 2020. Heddiw, mae ein harbenigwyr yn dod â darganfyddiadau newydd a'r syniadau diweddaraf i mewn i addysgu bob dydd, gan arbenigo yn nwyrain y Canoldir, yr Aifft, Ewrop ac Ynysoedd Prydain.

Bydd ein gradd yn eich cyflwyno i'r ystod o dystiolaeth a astudiwyd gan archaeolegwyr; o dirweddau, adeiladau a henebion i weddillion bwyd a gwrthrychau bob dydd.

Byddwch yn datblygu'r sgiliau penodol sydd eu hangen i astudio'r dystiolaeth amrywiol hon ynghyd â gwybodaeth eang am eu cyd-destun ehangach.

Yn arbennig o ddeniadol yw ein ffocws ar ddatblygu sgiliau ymarferol, yn y maes ac yn y labordy. Byddwch yn profi gwaith maes archeolegol a ariennir yn llawn trwy ein rhaglen a gymeradwyir. Mae’r lleoliadau cofiadwy hyn yn digwydd gartref yn y DU a thramor, yn ystod yr hafau fel arfer yn dilyn Blwyddyn Un a Blwyddyn Dau.

Mae ein myfyrwyr Archaeoleg yn symud ymlaen i ystod o yrfaoedd, gyda graddedigion diweddar yn dewis gweithio o fewn y sector treftadaeth (e.e. i gontractwyr archeolegol, amgueddfeydd a chyrff treftadaeth) neu mewn sectorau lefel graddedigion yn amrywio o addysgu i fyd teledu. Mae astudio archaeoleg yn ffordd ardderchog o ddatblygu ystod o sgiliau a werthfawrogir gan gyflogwyr, er enghraifft trwy ddatblygu sgiliau gwaith tîm ac arweinyddiaeth yn y maes a dysgu sut i gyfleu straeon cymhleth am y gorffennol i ystod o gynulleidfaoedd.

Distinctive features

Our Archaeology degree schemes are noted for their geographical and chronological breadth and the range of choice they offer. As a student at one of the highly respected Russell group universities, you will learn with staff who undertake exciting research in archaeology and history as well as developing innovative techniques in forensics, dating, and osteology.

Cyflwyno cais ar gyfer 2021

Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

Rydym yn chwilfrydig am brofiadau bodau dynol dros filoedd o flynyddoedd a diwylliannau, ac eisiau deall ein gorffennol yn well er mwyn goleuo ein presennol a gwella ein dyfodol.

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Entry requirements

BBB-BBC. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

Archaeology welcomes students with non-traditional qualifications and those with relevant practical experience.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

You will need suitable clothing (e.g. waterproofs and suitable footwear) and sometimes accommodation (e.g. tent and sleeping bag) for field trips and fieldwork. The University has funds available for students experiencing financial difficulties in purchasing this equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2021 and this page will be updated by end of October 2021 to reflect the changes.

The BA in Archaeology (part-time) is a six year degree programme, with two semesters per year. This programme provides a level of training, skill and knowledge that is respected within professional archaeology and which serves students well when applying for postgraduate study, for employment in archaeology and the heritage sector, and for employment outside of the discipline. It offers a huge range of choice which students can tailor to their own interests. You will study modules totalling 60 credits per year.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

You will study 120 credits in Year One, taking 80 credits of modules in Archaeology and 40 credits from another subject in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion or from participating academic schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

The Archaeology modules aim to introduce the techniques and approaches that archaeologists employ, as well as the archaeology of specific societies.

The Year Two fieldwork project is taken in the summer at the end of the first year, although it is credited to the autumn semester of Year Two. This project is taught through four-weeks of student participation on archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year two

Years Two and Three are taught together as ‘Part Two’ and modules are offered on alternate years. Over the two years, you must complete 240 credits of modules of which 70 credits consist of core requirements and 130 credits come from a wide range of period, topic, or technique-specific modules within Archaeology and Ancient History, allowing you a great deal of flexibility to follow the subjects you are most interested in. You may also take up to 40 credits from another Academic School (subject to approval by the Board of Studies).

In Year Two, you will take the Archaeological Independent Study module and in the Year Three you have the option of taking the Archaeology Dissertation module. In both these modules you have the chance to follow your own special interests.

The Year Three fieldwork project is taken in the summer at the end of the second year, although it is credited to the Autumn Semester of Year Three.  This project is taught through four-weeks of student participation on archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year three

Years Two and Three are taught together as ‘Part Two’ and modules are offered on alternate years. Over the two years, you must complete 240 credits of modules of which 70 credits consist of core requirements and 130 credits come from a wide range of period, topic, or technique specific modules within Archaeology and Ancient History, allowing you a great deal of flexibility to follow the subjects you are most interested in. You may also take up to 40 credits from another Academic School (subject to approval by the Board of Studies).

In Year Two, you will take the Archaeological Independent Study module and in the Year Three you have the option of taking the Archaeology Dissertation module. In both these modules you have the chance to follow your own special interests.

The Year Three fieldwork project is taken in the summer at the end of the second year, although it is credited to the Autumn Semester of Year Three.  This project is taught through four-weeks of student participation on archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year four

Year five

Year six

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

 

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. They offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field.

Archaeological skills are promoted through a range of designed practicals and direct participation on fieldwork projects, including excavation, surveys, post-excavation programmes and curatorial projects in museums.

How will I be supported?

All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where you can access course materials and links to related reading and online resources. In addition to the main University libraries, you will have access to the Sheila White Library, which contains additional copies of books on Greek and Roman history and culture.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who is able to advise you on academic and pastoral matters in a confidential and informal manner. Personal Tutors meet with you regularly to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance, and are available for consultation at other times as needed. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are made available through a structured programme of Personal Development Planning and through scheduled meetings with Personal Tutors.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Archaeology combines practical and research skills and encourages students to develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employer’s value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team.

Transferable Skills

  • Generation of coherent strategies and propositions in response to complex situations.
  • Structuring and writing reports of appropriate length on set questions and research topics.
  • Effective communication of ideas and arguments in oral and written presentations.
  • Organised and efficient working practices – individually as well as in a team.
  • Utilisation of information from a variety of resources, including libraries and the internet.
  • Employment of Information Technology e.g. spatial technologies (including GIS), visualization, data management, archaeological prospecting, modelling, social media, digital film and audio.
  • Rigorous and professional practices: able to take initiatives and accept significant responsibility within organisations.
  • Evidence based critical thinking.

Students can enhance their communications skills by working with schools, museums, businesses and community groups as part of our innovative public engagement activities. 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

An archaeology degree represents a challenging, interesting and exciting way to prepare for the future.

In your archaeology course you will work as part of a team in the field and in the laboratory; you will research ideas, form opinions and present them in your own terms; you will develop your writing to address a range of audiences; you will use a range of software programmes and develop a wide range of practical skills. These transferable skills will be of benefit in your future career.

Our graduates have found work in journalism, banking, finance, teaching and a wide range of other areas. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and the School has our own in-house Workplace Partnerships and Employability Officer. Many of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise but the majority compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.

Graduate careers

  • Field Archaeologist
  • Lecturer
  • Heritage Conservationist

Placements

We offer workplace experience to our students through our four-week, funded excavation, museum and heritage work placements at the end of the first and second year.

You are also encouraged and financially supported to attend fieldwork placements abroad.

Archaeology students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) which provides summer placements for undergraduates in the University research environment. CUROP offers a stipend to support a student on a placement of up to eight weeks duration, working with supervision on staff-defined research projects.

There are also opportunities to work with heritage industry professionals (e.g. Cadw) as part of fieldwork placements or the Heritage Communication module and to gain further experience in working with the public of all ages via a range of initiatives (e.g. the Guerilla Archaeology outreach group, the CAER heritage project and the Share with Schools scheme). Finally, there are weekly research seminars with international guest speakers, a student Archaeology Society and a range of other events (e.g. conferences, Bushcraft weekends).
 

Fieldwork

The Years Two and Three fieldwork projects are taken in the summer preceding those academic years. The Fieldwork projects are taught through four weeks of student participation on archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

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