History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeV103
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112–120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This new course has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the past through both documentary records and material remains. During the degree students will split their time equally between learning and using historical and archaeological approaches to the study of the past. You will study a range of periods and themes spanning pre-history through to the twenty-first century.

Archaeology is the study of human societies and brings together different ways of thinking about the past through the analysis and interpretation of material and environmental remains such as artefacts, monuments and buildings. You will also develop a strong grounding in History, by learning the methods and techniques used by historians and studying particular aspects of the past, time periods and different geographical areas.

By bringing these two disciplines together in this course, you will approach the study of past societies and events using a range of analytical skills.

During the first year you will develop a strong foundation in both disciplines. For the remainder of the degree you will further develop these skills, whilst increasing the breadth and depth of your knowledge in the subject areas, culminating in working towards producing specialised work in the final year.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • You will often be taught in small groups and throughout your degree will benefit from individual attention in a vibrant and friendly environment.
  • Research-led teaching. Our teaching staff are experts in their fields and teaching is informed by their research.
  • We have experts in all fields of History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, who work principally on Britain, Europe and the United States of America. Archaeology expertise covers prehistoric, Roman, and medieval archaeology as well as landscape archaeology and heritage.
  • We have some of the best-preserved archaeological monuments and landscapes in Britain on our doorstep. From prehistorical burial mounds to stately homes this tremendous resource is an integral part of the course and used in our teaching through fieldtrips, practical workshops and excavations.
  • You will gain practical hands-on experience by participating in field-work and post-excavation projects. You will be given training in excavation and recording skills, surveying, finds processing, soil processing, illustration, photography, analysing documentary sources and archival work.
  • We place a strong emphasis on helping you plan for your future. Students can gain valuable experience through work placements (e.g. in the local archaeological field unit, archives or museum) and we recognize the importance of identifying and fine-tuning skills that will be of value to you in your future employment.
  • We have built strong relationships with many local industries and national organizations, including: (locally) Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Menai Heritage Centre, Menai Science Park and Ancient Arts as well as (nationally & internationally) CADW, the National Trust, the National Museum Wales, The Royal Archaeological Institute, Archaeology Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Natural Resources Wales, National Museum of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries, the Society for Church Archaeology, Austrian National Heritage Agency, German Prehistoric Society, and the European Association of Archaeologists.
  • Bangor Museum and Art Gallery houses the archaeological collections of Bangor University as well as the Gwynedd County Collection. This collection includes finds from past and recent excavations, and is actively used as part of our teaching during practical workshops – allowing students to develop skills in handling and identifying a wide range of artefacts.

Course Content

During this degree you will learn through a variety of taught lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Field-trips to visit archaeological sites, museums and other places of interest are an important part of the teaching experience. In the first year you will have around 5 trips to visit local monuments. In the second and third years the field trips vary in length and nature and include local sites, as well as trips to elsewhere in Britain and Ireland. You will also go on training excavations and carry out other practical post-excavation work. Outside this time you will complete essays, analysis exercises, prepare for seminars and carry out research. Throughout the course you will be supported by teaching staff.

In the first year, you will be assessed through written work and examinations. In the second and third years there is a mixture of written work, examinations, oral presentations and portfolios - with a number of courses assessed through coursework only. The dissertation forms one-third of the assessment in the final year.

The best aspect of both schools has to be the lecturers - each one I’ve met is extremely knowledgeable, always approachable, and clearly invested in the subjects they teach.

Megan Langham
History and English

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

In the first year of your degree you will study modules that are intended to provide a solid foundation in historical and archaeological methods, theory and concepts. You will also be able to choose modules from a list of spanning a range of periods.

  • Past Unwrapped (20 credits)

And 60 credits in Archaeology, choose from:

  • Archaeology: An introduction (20)
  • Introduction to British Prehistory (20)
  • Introduction to Historic Archaeology- Roman and Medieval Britain (20)
  • Introduction to History and Heritage (20)

And 40 credits in History, from a list that includes:

  • Apocalypse Then: 14th century (20)
  • Birth of Modern Europe (20)
  • Intro Modern History1815-1914 (20)
  • War, Society and the Media (20) 

Years 2 and 3

You will continue to develop skills in archaeological and historical approaches to studying the past. You will be able to choose more specialist themed modules spanning a wide range of periods – from prehistory to the present – and topics. In your final year you will have the opportunity to tackle a subjects in great depth by following a Special Subject module and completing a dissertation – a research project on a topics of your choosing and of particular interest to you.

Year 2 Compulsory modules:

  • Debating History (20)
  • Rethinking Archaeology: theory and interpretation (20 credits)

And either:

  • Archaeology Field School (20) or
  • Field archaeology in Britain (20) 

Year 2 Optional Modules:

40 credits in History from a list that includes:

  • Europe High Middle Ages 1000-1250 (20)
  • The Tudors 1485-1603 (20)
  • Victorian Britain 1837-1901 (20)
  • USA, 1945-2001 (20)
  • The Guardians of Heritage (20)
  • Americanisation (20)
  • The Reign of King Stephen (20)
  • Holy Wars 1095-1197 (20)
  • The Contemporary Past (20)
  • History in Practice (20)
  • The Age of Reform 1770-1835 (20)
  • Under the Hammer (20)
  • History Workplace Module (20)

20 credits in Archaeology from a list that includes:

  • Archaeology and the World (20)
  • Archaeology-Environment (20)
  • Later Prehistoric Communities (20)
  • Patterns of the past (20)
  • Graffiti: Marking Space & Time (20)
  • Time and Tide (20)
  • Archaeology Workplace (20)

Year 3 Compulsory modules:

  • History Special Subject (40 credits). Special Subject options may include: Ruled by an Orange; Going to the Devil - Henry II; Anarchism- Europe & USA 19th&20th Centuries; and, Nationalism in UK 1916-1997
  • Dissertation (40). You will produce a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice, and you will also manage how you research it and how you write it. You will be supported by a dissertation supervisor who will normally meet with you on a one-to-one tutorial basis to supervise your research and discuss your progress.

Year 3 Optional Modules

Choose 20 credits in Archaeology and 20 credits in History from a list that includes:

  • Europe High Mid Ages 1000-1250 (20)
  • The Tudors 1485-1603 (20)
  • Victorian Britain 1837-1901 (20)
  • USA, 1945-2001 (20)
  • Gender Sex & Society 1400-1800 (40)
  • Archaeology and the World (20)
  • Archaeology-Environment (20)
  • Later Prehistoric Communities (20)
  • Supervising Archaeological Fieldwork (20)
  • Graffiti: Marking Space & Time (20)
  • Time and Tide (20)
  • The Guardians of Heritage (20)
  • Americanisation (20)
  • The Reign of King Stephen (20)
  • Holy Wars 1095-1197 (20)
  • The Contemporary Past (20)
  • The Age of Reform 1770-1835 (20)
  • Archaeology Workplace (20). If not taken in Year 2.
  • History Workplace Module (20). If not taken in Year 2.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the History and Archaeology Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

As a graduate with a degree in History and Archaeology from Bangor you will be equipped with a wide range of skills necessary to enter into a career in the heritage, archaeology or museum sectors. Past graduates have progressed into careers working for, for example, Archaeological Units, Archaeological Trusts, museums, CADW (Historic Environment Service of the Welsh Government). You will also possess valuable transferrable skills which are fundamental requirements for careers in many other employment sectors, including: the public sector, teaching, law, accountancy, management, and tourism.

Employability and the School of History and Archaeology

The strength of a History and Archaeology degree is its intellectual breadth and flexibility. This makes our graduates an attractive proposition for employers looking for analytical and lateral thinkers.

Transferable skills

Studying History, Archaeology and Heritage prepares our students for the workplace by providing academic skills and honing personal ones:

  • Research skills and the evaluation of data sets
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing and editorial skills
  • Confidence and flexibility
  • Independent and team working
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • IT and Time management
  • Practical skills in archaeology (survey, excavation and the study of material evidence).

Work experience while you study

The School’s work placement module provides an insight into the type of employment to which a degree in History or Archaeology can lead.

Students gain work experience in:

  • Archives
  • Schools
  • Heritage sites (National Trust, Cadw, English Heritage)
  • Heritage railways
  • Museums
  • Westminster Parliament and the Welsh Assembly
  • Archaeological digs and units
  • Trusts and charities

Read what our students say about the workplace experience (link to work placement page).

Directed personal and professional development while studying helps our students achieve a CV that catches the attention of prospective employers.

In addition to a degree, Bangor students can provide prospective employers with a record of academic and non-academic achievements through the Bangor Employability Award Scheme (BEA) and HEAR report.

Career opportunities

History, Archaeology and Heritage students enter careers in many different fields:

  • Archaeological units, archives and librarianship
  • Museums and heritage management
  • Research (Academic and the media – television, radio, film).
  • Teaching in primary, secondary and higher education
  • Business and finance professions
  • Law
  • Commercial, industrial and public service management
  • Marketing, sales and public relations
  • Civil service, charities and local and regional government
  • Personnel
  • Leisure and travel
  • Tourism

Work experience opportunities at Bangor University

Level 5 and 6 students are provided with the opportunity to complete work-placement modules, which can be carried out in the university or through external organizations. These are assessed as part of the final degree. The programme enhances employability prospects and offers an insight into the type of employment opportunities a degree in history or archaeology offers.  Students have undertaken placements in a wide range of workplaces, including archives, archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.

Employment Opportunities

Examples of employment opportunities in history and archaeology can be found at the following sites:

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 120-112 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 120-112 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

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The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Team
School of History and Archaeology
Tel: 01248 382118
E-mail:cah@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/history

Twitter: @BangorHistory

Studying History with us

  • We are a centre of academic excellence offering high-quality, research-led teaching
  • History has been taught at Bangor since the foundation of the University in 1884 – we have a wealth of experience and a strong sense of tradition
  • Our expertise spans medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history as well as Welsh history, archaeology and heritage
  • We are recognised for outstanding pastoral care and award-winning teaching
  • Bangor is an inspiring location in which to study history, particularly Welsh History in which we have an unrivalled research record
  • The School has an excellent teaching reputation with an emphasis on small group teaching and one-on-one support
  • Our community of students, lecturers and researchers is a friendly and stimulating place to work and study
  • The School has a proven record of research achievement, with the regular publication of books and articles by staff with international reputations in their fields
  • Bangor is located in an area with an outstanding range of archaeology monuments: prehistoric tombs and stone circles, Roman forts, native farmsteads, and medieval castles including the World Heritage sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy
  • Students are encouraged to take part in excavations and there are opportunities to work in the local Archaelogical unit, museums and archives

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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