Each year of the programme carries 120 credit points. In first year students must take 40 credits of the level-eight archaeology courses Archaeology 1A and Archaeology 1B, plus 40 credits of level-eight courses from a prescribed list, and 40 credits of outside subject(s). In second year students must take 40 credits of level-eight Archaeology courses, Archaeology 2A “Scotland before History” and Archaeology 2B “Archaeology in Action”, plus 40 credits of courses from a prescribed list, and 40 credits of outside subject(s).
Progression Requirements: A pass in Archaeology 2A and 2B at the standard required for admission to honours (currently an average mark of 50% for these two 20-credit courses at the first attempt) and a pass (40%) in the other second year courses taken (total 120 credits). A student who does not achieve the 50% level may exceptionally be permitted to proceed to honours under College Regulation 1.12 (c).
Theoretical Archaeology and Archaeology in Practice and four honours option courses chosen from Archaeology or Classical Archaeology (120 credits).
Four honours option courses chosen from Archaeology or Classical Archaeology and a Dissertation (120 credits).
The Dissertation is written on a subject chosen and researched by the student under the supervision of a member of staff and is regarded as a key indicator of the ability of the student to bring to bear all the skills promoted by this degree programme.
Students who wish to graduate with evidence of their practical archaeological experience, undertake ten weeks approved practical archaeological work during the vacations between the end of their second year (i.e. when they are admitted to honours) and the start of their final year and take the final year option, Archaeological Fieldwork. This course is assessed solely by coursework, which consists of a portfolio based on the practical work undertaken, giving both a factual record of the student’s practical experience and placing this work in its regional and theoretical archaeological context, and a seminar presentation, which is a critical analysis of one project attended in relation to other similar projects and to the broader theoretical concerns of the discipline as a whole.
- Certificate of Higher Education: year one
- Diploma of Higher Education: year two
- BA in Humanities and Social Science: year three (although entry to honours means the commencement of two years of integrated study leading to an honours degree and not all students will be qualified for the BA AHSS)