Archaeology is the study of the human past, from the hunter-gatherers of Ice Age Europe to the inhabitants of modern cities. At Chester, our course provides you with an understanding of these past societies and the techniques that we use to study them. The course aims to provide you with a wide range of skills, such as field survey and excavation, critical reading and writing, and scientific analysis; as well as the opportunity to specialise in particular periods or themes.
Why Study Archaeology with us?
As an Archaeology student at Chester you will be part of a dynamic University Department, with excellent facilities for teaching and research.
Whether you are studying social identity in the Iron Age or analysing human remains from medieval cemeteries, you will have access to the latest research and professional equipment.
What's more, our course combines classroom teaching with practical ‘hands-on’ experience, which will equip you with skills suited to a future career in archaeology or in the wider, non-academic world.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent, including Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Social Science, World Development or Applied Science. Typical offer - BCC/BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science - Environmental) - DMM
Grades BBBB including Geography or Geology
26 points, including 5 or above in HL Geography
Access to HE Diploma (must include Geography or Environmental Science at Level 3), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will discover the main issues and debates in archaeology and the techniques that we use to understand the past. You will also develop a sound knowledge of the archaeology of the British Isles, including the key sites and the principal turning points in the human inhabitation of these islands. Practical work will also feature strongly within this year.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), you will develop your core archaeological skills as you learn how to analyse and interpret archaeological material. As well as attending lectures and practical sessions, you will take part in a training excavation where you will be taught the techniques of archaeological fieldwork. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in particular periods, themes, or practical skills.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), the range of modules available and the number of modules taken may vary quite significantly, depending upon whether you are pursuing Archaeology as a Combined or Single Honours degree. In either case you will continue to develop your knowledge of the subject, either focusing on a certain period or region, or learning practical skills such as the analysis of human remains or environmental archaeology.
" Chester provides the perfect balance of classroom taught theory with hands-on practical work, all delivered in excellent teaching facilities. The emphasis on practical teaching helps students develop their analytical skills. These are invaluable to their future careers, whether in archaeology or in the wider world."
How will I be taught?
Our teaching comprises a mixture of lectures, seminars, site visits, and practical workshops. Some modules will also involve a larger element of practical work, undertaken in either the field or the laboratory.
Contact hours can be in the region of 12 hours a week, though this will be higher if you chose the more practical elements of the course. You will also be expected to undertake set reading, either ahead of lectures or for an assignment, and will undertake research for essays and other coursework.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is varied: written work in the form of essays, reports and portfolios, oral presentations, and examinations all feature. In all cases our assessment develops and enhances your key employability skills.
Work Based Learning
A four-week training excavation is carried out in the Easter term of Year 2, where you will learn the practical techniques of archaeological fieldwork. The training excavation is compulsory for Single Honours students, but optional for Combined Honours students. You may also have the opportunity to work on excavations carried out by members of staff in the summer.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Chester is part of the Grampus EASE project, which provides funded placements on excavations in other European countries. The placements are open to students of all years and include a range of different sites in a number of different countries. In 2015 six of our students applied for, and were accepted on, these placements and spent their summers working in Portugal, Romania and Germany.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 3rd June
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Thursday 15th June
- Saturday 21st October
- Thursday 8th June
- Saturday 21st October
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.