Archaeology is a subfield of anthropology and focuses on the study of human history through artefacts, physical remains and the excavation of sites. Archaeology courses are studied at the undergraduate study level to enhance a student’s understanding of archaeological concepts and techniques.
Over 60 institutions offer archaeology courses at the degree level with the top five being University College London, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, University of York, and the University of Liverpool. To gain entry to these institutions students must have gained three A Level grades A*AA – BBB. Some universities desire students to have an academic background in both arts and sciences, as well as GCSE grade C and above in both English and Maths.
Entrance to an archaeology course may vary depending on the institution to which you are applying, and you are advised to contact the institution for more information.
After completing an archaeology course, graduates are well equipped with the skills necessary to become employed within the archaeology, heritage and museums industry. It is also possible for archaeology graduates to gain roles within the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, and business industries.
Alternatively, graduates can opt to study a postgraduate degree in archaeology to further their knowledge within specialised fields of the subject. Some courses available include bioarchaeology, early prehistory, and zoo archaeology. A postgraduate archaeology course takes around twelve months of full time study to complete, and normally requires a 2:1 honours degree in a related field of study.