University of Sheffield Foundation Year

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University of Sheffield Foundation Year

Through the BA Archaeology with Foundation Year you’ll develop a global perspective on human origins and world civilisations. The degree integrates theory and practice, with teaching in the field and participation in worldwide, research-led excavations.

The degree course explores human developments from hominids to modernity, and the prehistory and early history of Europe. While on the course, you’ll study significant issues of our human past and their relevance to present questions of origin, identity and belief. You’ll also explore the links between science and the humanities.

For more information visit the BA Archaeology webpage.

Foundation year

Image of a digThe foundation year of the programme provides adults with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the Department of Archaeology. The foundation year to this degree is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

The foundation year is taught within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. During this year, you’ll be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed.

This foundation year also includes a range of opportunities to become involved in the life of the Department of Archaeology.

Progression to the Department of Archaeology

Students will progress to the Department of Archaeology after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression thresholds which differ across courses and departments. These will be discussed with applicants at interview. These thresholds can also be found by searching for the relevant degree course within the University’s Programme Regulations Finder and viewing information relating to ‘Year 0’.

Attendance and length of programme

Attendance on this course will be one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) at the foundation level within DLL, where modules are taught both during the daytime and in the evenings. You will then study in the daytime at the higher levels of study within the Department of Archaeology.

It will take you one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) to complete the foundation year and, if you successfully pass that, it will take you three years  (full-time) or six years (part-time) to complete the degree within the Department of Archaeology.

Teaching and learning methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Problem solving classes
  • Field studies
  • Independent study
  • Skills and subject-based tutorials
  • Group work
  • On-line activities.
  • Revision workshops
  • Laboratory sessions

Programme details

The links below will take you to  more detailed information:

About the programme structure

About the higher levels of study of this degree programme

About the Department for Archaeology

UCAS code: F401

To apply for this course

To apply for the full-time course you will need to apply for admission through UCAS, using the course code: F401.

For the part-time course you will need to apply via our part-time application form, using the course code AAPU199

Before you apply please read these pages carefully:

Statistics about this course

The figures below give you key information about this course. The data has been independently collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).