Welsh History with Archaeology
The past has many dimensions and there are many routes to it. Archaeology, which deals with material evidence, artefacts, monuments and buildings, is one avenue, while history, traditionally derived from written sources, is another. Through studying the history and archaeology of Wales (and the archaeology of Britain and Ireland) as the main core of this degree, you will gain an understanding of the development of Wales over the centuries, of the changing nature of society and settlement and of the historical context of contemporary Wales.
For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:
- A Levels (no specific subjects required but History or Archaeology preferred)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- Access: Pass
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted subject to minimum English Language requirements.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Introduction to Archaeological Principles and Techniques
- Past Unwrapped
- Wales: Princes to Tudors
- Wales in the Modern World
Choose at least one from:
- Introduction to British Prehistory
- Introduction to Historic Archaeology
- Apocalypse Then: the Crisis of the Fourteenth Century
- Birth of Modern Europe 1470-1600
- Introduction to Modern History 1815-1914
- History and Heritage: an Introduction
- War, Society and the Media
Optional modules (examples include):
- The Celts
- The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales
- Wales 1660-1789
- The Acts of Union: Wales and England
- Reigniting the Dragon
- Wales and Europe in the Renaissance
- Owain Glyndŵr and his Movement
You choose a Special Subject allowing you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and complete a dissertation. If the dissertation is in Welsh History, students take any Special Subject. If the dissertation is in Archaeology, students must take a Special Subject in Welsh History. You will take 2 other options:
Special Subject options:
- Land and Power in England and Wales 1780-1888
- Nationalism in the UK
- Celtic Revival 1800-1920
*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons).
This course provides specialist knowledge and a range of analytical and presentational skills which will enable you to tackle a variety of career options centring on culture and heritage especially, but not exclusively, in Wales e.g. in archaeology units, museums and heritage centres, including the National Trust, as well as a range of directly transferable vocations. Graduates have in recent years gained careers in local government, conservation and teaching, and some have taken further training to become professional archaeologists.
A degree in archaeology equips students with a wide range of skills necessary to enter into a career in heritage, archaeology or the museums sector. It also provides key transferrable skills, such as:
- The ability to collate, analyse and contextualise data-sets
- An ability to critically review the literature and formulate logical and structured arguments
- Develop written and presentation and practical archaeological skills as well as working as part of a team.
- Writing and editorial skills
- An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities
- Experience gained from carrying out and completing a major research project in the third year – the dissertation
- A range of practical skills acquired through survey, excavation and the study of material evidence
- Good IT skills
- Time management skills
These transferable skills are fundamental to other employment sectors, such as the public sector, teaching, tourism, law, accountancy and management.
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