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Archaeology and Modern Languages & Cultures BA

School of Languages and Cultures

Department of Archaeology

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Course description

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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, 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, 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.

Dual and combined honours degrees

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

  • You can find a comprehensive list of all of our languages and cultures modules broken down by language on the School of Languages and Cultures website
  • Examples of the archaeology modules on offer are listed below
Title: Archaeology and Modern Languages & Cultures course structure
UCAS code: VR50
Years: 2021

Core archaeology modules:

Human origins, migrations and identities

This module uses the theme of migration as a framework to evaluate the responses of ancestral human populations to environmental and other challenges to society. You will complete a survey of the archaeological record from 3 million years before present to the first millennium AD, and through lectures and practical sessions gain an understanding of the archaeological use of human and animal remains and material culture to reconstruct the mobility of people, animals and objects. In addition, you will consider different perspectives about the current relevance of archaeological approaches to population dispersal in understanding past, present and future societal challenges.

20 credits
Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism

This module explores how anthropoloogy and archaeology developed in early modern Europe, and how this development was shaped by, and mirrored, the cultural and political history of Europe, through the Renaissance, Reformation and especially European colonial expansion into other continents. Anthropology and archaeology developed to explore European encounters with the 'other' cultures of distant places and times. These disciplines have widely served to legitimise European exploitation of other continents and to promote particular groups and causes within Europe, but latterly have also critiqued such trends.

20 credits


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.

Learning and assessment

Learning

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and language classes. Language teaching is in small groups, so you'll get plenty of tailored support and will get to know your tutors well. The archaeology side of your degree combines hands-on learning with small-group teaching and lectures. You'll work in both the field and the laboratory, with practical experience (including fieldwork) forming an integral part of this course.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

You'll be taught by world-leading experts in both departments.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods during your course. In the language programme you will be given regular homework assignments and take a mix of coursework and exam assessments at appropriate points over the academic year. You will be assessed on the core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our assessment methods vary across our courses and include taking sit-down exams, developing a portfolio, writing essays, taking part in group projects or giving individual presentations.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB
typically including a modern foreign language

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
BBB
typically including a modern foreign language

A Levels + additional qualifications | BBC, typically including a modern foreign language + B in a relevant EPQ BBC, typically including a modern foreign language + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 33, typically with 5 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language 32, typically including 5 in Higher Level modern foreign language

BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language ABBBB+B typically including a modern foreign language

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB, typically including a modern foreign language B + BB, typically including a modern foreign language

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits + Merits in 15 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 24 Level 3 credits + Merits in 21 Level 3 credits

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

School of Languages and Cultures

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, 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 students are based in the Jessop West building at the heart of the University campus, close to the Diamond and the Information Commons. We share the Jessop West Building with the Department of History and the School of English.

School of Languages and Cultures

Department of Archaeology

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The Department of Archaeology at Sheffield has a reputation for world-leading research and teaching in archaeology. We're among the top 50 archaeology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

You'll be taught by experts in their field who are at the forefront of their research. Our research-led teaching draws directly on the work of our inspirational academics who are experts in the specialist fields of bioarchaeology, medieval archaeology, cultural materials, funerary archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology and landscape archaeology.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, bringing science, the humanities and other related areas to your studies. Our multidisciplinary teaching helps you develop a strong set of skills. Our graduates are articulate, analytical and creative. They are also adaptable, curious and culturally aware. We have alumni working all over the world in a diverse range of fields, including archiving, archaeology, teaching, museums, charities, publishing, and national and local government.

Our staff and students play an important role in the life of the city through projects and partnerships with heritage groups, commercial archaeologists and heritage providers. You'll share your understanding with others, and by doing this you'll help local communities make sense of their origins, and get a sense of their place in the wider world.

The Department of Archaeology is based in the Ella Armitage Building, named after the influential Norman historian and archaeologist (1841-1931). The Ella Armitage Building is home to our cutting-edge labortiy facilities and is situated at the heart of the university campus, close to the Diamond and the Information Commons.

Facilities

Our cutting-edge laboratory facilities, purpose-built in 2017, house extensive bioarchaeological research collections and modern experimental equipment.

Department of Archaeology

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

  No 1 in the north for graduate employment
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact

Research Excellence Framework 2014

91% overall student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019


Department of Archaeology

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2020

29th in the world for the study of archaeology

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020


Graduate careers

School of Languages and Cultures

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.

Department of Archaeology

The archaeology workforce in the UK needs to grow by 25 per cent over the next five years and by 64 per cent by 2033 to meet the demands of infrastructure projects. Sheffield graduates are highly skilled and equipped to join this growing industry.

We talk to employers to make sure you develop the qualities they're looking for. Our close links with community heritage groups, commercial archaeologists and heritage providers give you direct access to research opportunities, work placement experience and valuable careers advice.

Your analytical, creative, communication and teamwork skills will open doors to a range of careers within and beyond archaeology.

Approximately 40 per cent of our graduates go on to work in archaeology or the heritage sector. Many graduates work 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 areas such as journalism, teaching, healthcare, law, accountancy and the media.

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Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

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Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

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Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you're eligible for.

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University open days

There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

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Taster days

At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

Upcoming taster sessions

Applicant days

If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

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