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Archaeology and History BA

The University of Sheffield
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
English
Start dates
Sheffield
September 2022

Sheffield
September 2023

Sheffield
September 2024

Program description

Archaeology and History BA

This course combines the study of historical texts with the investigation of past societies through the material record. Studying in two departments will enhance your understanding of both subjects, and how they inform each other.

At level one, you'll study archaeological and historical evidence and its relevance to the study of late prehistory and history.

Levels two and three allow you to develop your understanding and specialise in the aspects of archaeology and history that interest you most.

Admission requirements

  • The A Level entry requirements for this course are: ABB typically including History or Classical Civilisation
  • A Levels + additional qualifications | BBB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation + B in the EPQ
  • International Baccalaureate | 33, typically with 5 in Higher Level History
  • BTEC | DDM in a relevant subject + B in A Level History or Classical Civilisation
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AABBB + B typically in History
  • Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
  • Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction (typically including History units) and 15 credits at Merit

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

First year

For history, the first year programme is designed to help you to make the transition from studying History at school or college to studying it at degree level. Building your confidence and broadening your knowledge.

It introduces you to core academic skills and provides a solid grounding in historical study and research, giving you the foundations you'll need to deepen your understanding of historical events and processes throughout your degree and setting you off on the path to becoming an independent historian.

Second year

For history, the second year programme builds on what you’ve learnt so far and introduces you to new and exciting topics. It’s designed to help you hone your research skills and start to look outwards beyond your degree.

You'll choose from two core modules designed to enhance your independent research skills with a focus on ‘theory and practice’, reflecting on the intellectual development of our discipline and its place in the world today. You’ll learn to challenge assumptions and appreciate the bigger picture. If you choose to take the Uses of History, you'll also diversify your employability skills through group work and creating a pitch for a historical artefact such as a TV documentary, a podcast, or a journal article.

Third year

For history, the final year is designed to support you to become an expert in your chosen area and hone how you present your findings.

All students have the opportunity to take a Special Subject and a dissertation, as we think that they are important staples of a history degree. These modules are where you can focus on one of the areas of history that you're most passionate about and have the opportunity to become an expert in your chosen topic. You’ll use the academic skills and historical knowledge you’ve gained in years one and two to undertake focussed primary source research supported by one of our internationally renowned tutors.

Tuition fees

2021-22 Annual tuition fee

  • For Home students: £9,250
  • For Overseas students: £21,450

Qualification

  • Dual honours
  • A Levels ABB

Career opportunities

Approximately 40 per cent of our graduates go on to work in archaeology or the heritage sector. Many graduates work in commercial units, national and local government, the charitable sector and university departments. Some choose to study for a postgraduate degree.

Others have gone into areas such as journalism, teaching, healthcare, law, accountancy and the media.

Our graduates have gone on to become successful lawyers, marketing executives, civil servants, accountants, management consultants, university lecturers, archivists, librarians and workers in museums, tourism and the heritage industry.

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