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School of Languages and Cultures
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Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
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School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Studying languages alongside archaeology gives you a unique insight into the historical and cultural development of countries and societies.

The flexibility of the modern languages part of the degree means you have the option to study archaeology with either one or two of these languages: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You can study Italian on this degree but only alongside a second language as well as archaeology. Luxembourg Studies is available as an option from year two onwards, either on its own or with a second language and archaeology.

You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Polish, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent).

You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

As part of your archaeology degree, you'll carry out a range of modules that will deepen your understanding of the past through the study of the material record. You'll have the opportunity to encounter aspects of world archaeology and explore the richness, difference and diversity of humanity from our earliest beginnings to modernity.

You'll spend your third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement. We also have a number of places on summer courses and you'll have the opportunity to work on archaeological excavations.

Studying or working in another country will greatly enhance your transferable as well as language skills, making you even more attractive to employers.

Our graduates work in archaeology, in commercial units, national and local government, the charitable sector and university departments. Some choose to study for a postgraduate degree. Others have gone into journalism, teaching, the police, healthcare and the media.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB, typically including a modern foreign language
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC, typically including a modern foreign language + B
International Baccalaureate 32, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2, typically including a modern foreign language
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB + B, typically including a modern foreign language
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB, typically including a modern foreign language
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of Languages and Cultures

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At the School of Languages and Cultures you'll develop your linguistic skills to a very high level and deepen your understanding of the cultural context of the countries where your languages are spoken.

We offer a particularly wide range of languages - Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Right from the start, you'll work with the school's top specialists and native speakers who will help you realise your linguistic potential. Language teaching is in small groups, so you'll get plenty of support tailored to your needs and get to know your tutors well.

We're a leading centre for modern languages and cultures research. Our work spans identity, gender, linguistics, politics, migration and literary studies. This research informs our teaching, helping you to develop a global understanding of language and languages across cultures and countries.

You'll be able to study optional modules either in your individual languages, or across the school so you'll acquire an in-depth understanding of your chosen languages and their cultures, and how they relate to other languages and cultures across modern languages disciplines.

Our student-run language societies organise multilingual events, trips and creative projects. There are opportunities to volunteer in the community and in schools, inspiring others to try new languages.

School of Languages and Cultures website

Department of Archaeology

You'll be taught by experts in their field who are internationally recognised for their research. Staff and students make discoveries together, supporting and helping each other to achieve great things.

Study archaeology, and you'll discover the story of humanity over the past five million years. We take an interdisciplinary approach, bringing in science, the humanities and other related areas. You'll share your understanding with others, and by doing this you'll help local communities to make sense of their origins, and get a sense of their place in the wider world.

Our range of teaching and learning styles is designed to help you develop the strongest possible range of skills. As well as lectures and seminars, we deliver tuition and practical classes using purpose-built labs and other superb facilities for analysing the data you find.

As your course progresses, you'll take more responsibility for learning on your own initiative. In your final project you'll design and carry out your own extensive programme of archaeological research.

Department of Archaeology website


What our graduates do

Our graduates are excellent communicators, adaptable and culturally aware. They work in international development organisations, business and banking, translating and interpreting, intelligence services, journalism, teaching, publishing, and international sales and marketing. Many go on to further study.

Student profile


"I really enjoy the fieldwork in the summer because it's something tangible that you can really get to grips with, putting into practice what you learn."

Francesca Dorman
Archaeology



"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages

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School of Languages and Cultures
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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