Search results - Undergraduate Diploma in British Archaeology
|Type||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Start date||Oct 2013|
|Fees||Fees for 2013-2014 are £1,950 (EU students) and £3,675 (Non-EU students).|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Application deadline||Fri 28 June 2013|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 270370.|
OverviewThe Diploma in British Archaeology is an undergraduate part-time course specially designed to suit adult students with busy lives and other commitments, but who would like to further their interest in archaeology through an academic course.
The two-year part-time modular course aims to provide you with an academic grounding in British Archaeology within the context of different chronological periods, and to increase your understanding of the skills and techniques needed to recover, process and evaluate archaeological evidence.
Who is it for?
The course offers a progression for those who have successfully completed a first-year undergraduate certificate in archaeology or other similar assessed courses. In addition, if you have some practical archaeological experience such as taking part in supervised fieldwork, or you are an active member of a local society but would like to learn more, then this course will give you a thorough academic grounding.
How much work is involved?
In each year there are evening teaching sessions during term time, plus tutorials, weekend field visits and either a practical course held over two weekends or one week (or equivalent) practical fieldwork. You are given a programme of reading for the teaching sessions and the written work. In the first year assessment is based on two assignments each term and a practical logbook. In the second year assessment is based on two assignments each term and either a practical logbook or an extended project.
There will be an Open Evening on Thursday 23 May 2013, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Rewley House, Oxford OX1 2JA, when you are welcome to visit the Department to meet the Course Director and talk about what is involved.
DescriptionThe course aims to provide an understanding of current theory and practice in British Archaeology, and to demonstrate a range of themes within the context of different chronological periods from Palaeolithic to Medieval.
There are three modules, with one module offered each year. Students obtain the Diploma by successfully completing two of the modules within five years. The modules can be taken in any order.
The modules are
• Early Prehistoric Britain
• Later Prehistoric and Roman Britain
• Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Medieval Britain
In October 2013 the following module is offered at Rewley House in Oxford on Thursdays 7.00-9.00 pm.
Early Prehistoric Britain
Module 1: Early Prehistoric Britain
The first humans settled in Britain about 500,000 years ago during the Pleistocene epoch. This course will examine the early prehistory of the British Isles from these earliest arrivals until c.1000 BC. The dramatic environmental changes and the behaviour of early hominid populations will be considered within a European context and the cultural developments of the British Palaeolithic will be examined. Hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic, the society and settlement of the first farmers, trade and exchange, and the emergence of new technologies including the use of metals will be explored.
Provisional teaching programme
Thursdays 7-9pm at Rewley House, Oxford, OX1 2JA
10 Oct Overview - British early prehistory in context
17 Oct Climate change and environment in early prehistory
24 Oct Early hominins
Oct Saturday visit: Creswell Crags
30 Oct Dating methods for early prehistory
7 Nov Practical session: lithic artefacts
14 Nov Lower Palaeolithic in Britain
21 Nov Neanderthals and the Middle Palaeolithic
Nov Practical Weekend 1
28 Nov Modern humans and modern human behaviour
5 Dec Upper Palaeolithic Britain
12 Dec Palaeolithic art and Late Glacial Britain
16 Jan Mesolithic industries
23 Jan Mesolithic diet and demography
30 Jan The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition
6 Feb Early Neolithic communities
13 Feb Monuments and society
20 Feb Neolithic landscapes of the dead
Feb Practical Weekend II
27 Feb Late Neolithic monuments and material culture
6 March Practical session: prehistoric pottery
13 March Social change in late Neolithic
March Saturday visit: Stonehenge and its environs
20 March Beaker tradition and the Early Bronze Age in Britain and Europe
24 April Settlement and economy: production, exchange and consumption
1 May Early Bronze Age graves and monuments
8 May Social complexity and change
15 May Middle and Late Bronze Age landscape and settlement
17 May Saturday visit: Salisbury Plain
22 May Burial Archaeology
29 May Warfare, hoards and ritual practice
5 June Group Project presentations
12 June Settlements, enclosures and hillforts
CertificationThe syllabus and teaching of the course are aimed at second-year undergraduate level and students are eligible for the award of 60 transferable credit (CATS) points at FHEQ Level 5 on successful completion of a one-year module.
Award and credit transfer
An Undergraduate Diploma will be awarded to each student on completion of two modules of the course within a five-year period. Credit points may be transferred to the Open University, modular universities such as Oxford Brookes University, and other institutions of Higher Education. For further information about transfer of credit, contact the Student Adviser on 01865 280355 or email@example.com.
Successful students will be awarded an Oxford University Undergraduate Diploma in Archaeology. Outstanding performance will qualify for a Distinction. You will be invited to receive your diploma at the annual Awards Ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
The Diploma carries a Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating of 120 points at FHEQ Level 5.
Open University credit
The Open University's Arts and Humanities Faculty has approved the Diploma in Archaeology as part of its Collaborative Scheme. This course can count towards the FHEQ Level 5 element of an Open University degree. It is advisable to check with the OU on the level and the amount of credit that you are permitted to transfer into any OU degree.
Further information is available from the Open University Regional Centres, the Credit Transfer Centre or the OU website: www.open.ac.uk.
Teaching methodsStudent Support
Much of the academic support will come from the Course Director, who may be contacted at any time during office hours by students wishing to discuss matters relating to the course. In addition, the Department runs a programme of Study Skills workshops designed to enable you to develop and improve the skills needed for effective study. These workshops are free to students enrolled on the Foundation course. For full details of the programme please contact 01865 280892.
If you would like an informal discussion on academic matters before making your application you may contact the following:
Dr Alison MacDonald 01865 270370 firstname.lastname@example.org
Award Programme Office 01865 280154 / 270369
For queries on applications and admissions email@example.com
Student Advice 01865 280355
For general guidance and advice, credit transfer, special needs provision, residential category and sources of funding: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Skills 01865 280892
For information about Study Skills courses: email@example.com
Day & Weekend School Office 01865 270368 / 270380
For information on day schools and weekend courses: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUDCE Reception 01865 270360
For general enquiries about OUDCE or to leave messages if other staff are not available.
Teaching outcomesIt is anticipated that by the end of the module on Early Prehistoric Britain you should have achieved the following:
• Knowledge of the nature, extent and limitations of the archaeological evidence for the Early Prehistoric period in Britain.
• Understanding of the chronological and social developments which are recognisable in Early Prehistoric archaeology.
• An understanding of, and ability to evaluate, the range of current archaeological methods and techniques used for recovering and analysing evidence for the Early Prehistoric period.
• Appreciation of the complementary relationship of archaeology to history and to other disciplines and their importance in increasing our understanding of Early Prehistoric archaeology.
Course Director: Dr Alison MacDonald, OUDCE
A range of tutors will teach specifc topics.
Academic advice and support will be provided by the Course Director, Dr Alison MacDonald, and by the course tutors. In addition, the Department runs a programme of Study Skills workshops designed to enable you to develop and improve the skills needed for effective study. You can find full details of this programme at www.conted.ox.ac.uk/students/currentstudents/studyskills.php or by contacting the Study Skills office at email@example.com or 01865 280892. For advice and information on educational opportunities, credit transfer, special needs provision and sources of funding please contact the OUDCE Student Adviser on 01865 280355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You are expected to undertake the necessary background reading and research for the course work using the facilities of Rewley House Library and other libraries. It is estimated that time spent in reading, preparing course work, visiting museums, libraries and sites will average 8 to 10 hours per week in term-time in addition to the teaching sessions.
Each one-year module requires attendance at:
• A minimum of 75% of the teaching sessions
• Either two practical weekends or one week (or equivalent) practical fieldwork
• A minimum of two tutorials
Students are required to complete for each module:
• 5 out of 6 assignments of up to 2,500 words.
• In the first year a practical logbook of up to 8,000 words, to include a range of learning tasks based on the practical training, visits to archaeological sites and/or museums and comparative site/artefact accounts, and a reflective discussion. In the second year either a practical logbook or an extended project.
A review of each candidate’s performance will be carried out at the end of the first year; candidates may not be permitted to continue if their performance is not deemed satisfactory.
Time limit for course completion
An Undergraduate Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully complete two modules of the course within five years.
Full regulations and conventions will be included in the Student Handbook which is given to students at the beginning of the academic year and are also available from the Registry on request (email: email@example.com).
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching sessions include the use of visual material and handouts both for information for individual and group assignments, and as the basis for group discussion and directed interactive student learning.
Apply for this course
Together with the application form, you should submit a reference and additional materials: (i) a statement (preferably typewritten) of 200-300 words explaining why you wish to enrol on this course, and (ii) details of any previous experience in the subject and membership of relevant societies or groups.
If possible, your referee should be a person who can comment on your academic ability and background, but where this is not appropriate, you should name a referee who can vouch for your motivation, commitment and potential. A reference from a family member is not acceptable.
Please read carefully the instructions on the reference form. When you have received your reference, return the unopened envelope with your application form and your statement, by 28 June 2013 to:
Award Programme Administrator
1 Wellington Square
Oxford OX1 2JA
Successful applicants should normally provide evidence of the following:
• Motivation and an awareness of the time commitment
• Previous interest or experience in archaeology or related subjects
• Potential academic ability
• Appropriate previous study
Please do not leave it too late to contact us. Late applications will be considered if there are still places on the course, but applications cannot be considered after the course has begun. Please contact the Award Programme Administrator on 01865 270369 to check availability. The final decision on course entry rests with OUDCE.
Click here to download the application and reference form
OUDCE Diploma students who have completed, or expect to complete, one module of the Diploma, should return a completed application form, but there is no need to provide a statement or a reference.
OUDCE Certificate students who wish to progress to the Diploma should return a completed application form with a statement of reasons for wanting to apply to the course. No reference is necessary.
The fee for 2013-2014 is £1,950 (EU students) or £3,675 (non-EU students). A non-refundable deposit of £200 EU or £350 non-EU is required on acceptance of a place and the balance of the fee is payable in instalments. The fee includes tuition for the practical fieldwork or the two practical weekends. Accommodation during these periods may be available at Rewley House at an additional charge.
Students are not required to buy books, but there may be a few recommended key texts which you may like to buy. Transport for field trips and the practical field work is normally arranged on a car sharing basis by the students themselves. Costs of any additional hire of transport would be paid for by the students. Entry fees to museums or sites are paid individually by the students.
This course is not suitable for non-EU students who do not already live in the UK before the course begins. For information, refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
Funding and financial assistance
For information on student funding, please visit our website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk and follow links to `students’ and `sources of funding’. You will find information on student loans, bursaries and Professional and Career Development Loans as well as details of external sources of funding.
For more detailed information on all of the above, contact the Registry on 01865 280355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.