BA Archaeology and Anthropology (VL46)

2017 entry

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UCAS code VL46
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 72 overall
Number of places for 2017/18 19

About BA Archaeology and Anthropology

This course provides a broad training in the major theories, methods and practices in these two disciplines, taking you from the earliest human ancestors to complex societies, from Bristol, to Africa, to the South Pacific.

You will learn critical skills in archaeological and anthropological methods, analysis and interpretation. You will also have the opportunity for excavation and anthropological fieldwork.

Year one introduces the fundamental theories of the two disciplines, while years two and three allow greater specialisation in skills, regional foci and current debates. In year three you will write a dissertation, producing your own original research.

More about Archaeology and Anthropology

Find out more about studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Pre-excavation techniques
  • Two optional units, recent examples include:
    • Kinship and Anthropology
    • Well-being and Society
    • Peoples and Cultures of the British Isles
    • Comparative World Archaeology
    • Unit from another department, e.g. modern languages, religion and theology

Second year

  • Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
  • Early Human Origins
  • Contemporary Theory in Archaeology
  • Anthropological Methods
  • Two optional units, recent examples include:
    • Human Behavioural Ecology
    • Gender, Sexuality and the Body
    • Religion and Material Culture
    • Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
    • Africa
    • Aztecs and Incas
    • Ancient Egypt

Third year

  • Advanced Issues in Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Dissertation
  • Three units from options, recent examples include:
    • Material Culture
    • Current Debates in Biological Anthropology
    • Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
    • Human Bones from Archaeological Sites
    • Anthropological Archaeology of the 1st and 2nd World Wars
    • Castles

Typical offer for BA Archaeology and Anthropology

(including international A-levels)
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:No specific subjects required

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