If you want to learn more about archaeology and to acquire some practical skills in an enjoyable way, then the Certificate in Archaeology is an excellent introduction.
This two-year, part-time undergraduate course is designed for adult students with little or no previous experience of academic archaeology. This includes those who are new to archaeology and those who may have some practical experience, and/or have completed online or evening classes, but would now like to pursue a study-based subject qualification. We aim to demonstrate the development and richness of archaeology and introduce how archaeologists work today. We explore people and societies from the past using evidence from Britain, other parts of Europe, and the wider world. In addition to following the programme of taught seminars and practicals, you can specialise in a chosen area or theme by doing an extended project.
The Tuesday evening classes and seminars, Saturday practical workshops and field trips, and fieldwork experience, are led by University teaching staff and professional archaeologists.
We teach in smaller groups than many full-time degree courses. Tutors and students get to know each other and the atmosphere is informal, supportive and friendly. We get to know each student, and their aspirations and needs.
You will be invited to receive your Certificate at the annual Awards Ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
The first year considers the development of the modern discipline and covers the fundamentals of archaeological theory and practice. The second year studies key themes and turning points in archaeology from prehistory to the medieval period, and deals with certain practical and scientific topics in more detail. Each year focuses broadly on prehistory in the first term, later prehistory and the Roman period in the second term, and post-Roman and medieval archaeology in the third term.
The syllabus and teaching of the course are aimed at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). An Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology (120 CATS points) will be awarded to students on completion. Credit points may be transferred to the Open University, modular universities such as Oxford Brookes University, and other institutions of higher education.
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This is a two-year course. Each year has three terms, and in each of these you will attend alternate weekly Tuesday evening classes and some Saturday field trips, fieldwork and workshops. At the end of the first year there is a one-week programme of practical fieldwork.
The classroom sessions provide the foundation for the practical elements of the course, which are:
- workshops, in which you will investigate artefacts and environmental evidence
- fieldwork sessions, in which you start to learn essential practical skills in survey and excavation
- field trips, on which you will investigate sites and landscapes.
Weekday evening sessions are held on alternate Tuesdays. Saturday sessions are held at Rewley House, the Ashmolean Museum and various fieldwork sites close to Oxford.
In addition to the teaching sessions, we expect you to spend an average of 12 hours each week in activities such as reading, preparing coursework, visiting museums, libraries and sites.
You will need enthusiasm, commitment and a high degree of motivation if you are to enjoy and complete the course.
No formal academic qualifications are required.
We will offer places based on evidence of motivation, understanding of the time commitment, and preparedness/suitability of the level of study. If you have no prior study experience of any kind, you may wish to take a weekly or online class first, to get a feel for the subject and how it is taught and assessed.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesArchaeology View 159 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
You will need enthusiasm, commitment and a high degree of motivation if you are to enjoy and complete the course. No formal academic qualifications are required.
We will offer places based on evidence of motivation, understanding of the time commitment, and preparedness/suitability of the level of study.
If you have no prior study experience of any kind, you may wish to take a weekly or online class first, to get a feel for the subject and how it is taught and assessed.
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