69,985 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.
- 94% UK
- 6% international
- 77% full-time
- 23% part-time
Top five graduate destinations:
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Professional, scientific, and technical
- Accommodation and food service
- Administrative and support services
What courses are available?
Universities and colleges in the UK are offering courses in the following subject areas:
- History by period
- History by area
- History by topic
- Theology and religious studies
- Heritage studies
‘Archaeology degree courses can vary hugely in their focus; for example, they may focus on Roman Britain, Archaeological Sciences, or Ancient Civilisations while others may offer a more general archaeology course.’
British Council for Archaeology
Subject combinations and available course options include:
- single, joint and multiple subject combinations
- full-time, part-time, and flexible study options as well as a few courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
- qualifications ranging from BA and BSc (Hons) degrees, through to a small number of HND, HNC, and Foundation Certificates
Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:
- Assistant archivist
- Assistant exhibition organiser
- Museum assistant
- Assistant museum/art gallery curator
- Visitor services assistant
A levels – To get on to a degree in this subject area you will usually require a minimum of two A levels, with three A levels and A/B grades needed for the most popular courses. Whilst most universities require at least one humanities A level subject, only a few specify a particular subject i.e. history A level for a history degree. Archaeology can be both an arts and a science based subject. If you wish to take a science related archaeology degree you may need a science based A level.
In addition to A levels or equivalent qualifications, you will also need five GCSEs (A-C) including science, English, and maths.
Vocational courses – Other Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC extended diploma) may be accepted as an alternative to A levels.
Universities are looking for:
- evidence that you are well informed about the subject and have strong interest/motivation, which could be demonstrated by:
- relevant work experience/shadowing or voluntary work (especially if applying for a degree in archaeology or heritage studies)
- additional reading and research of particular topics
- membership of related societies/clubs – i.e. a local history society
- a range of interests outside of academic study – i.e. sport, music, voluntary work
- a well written statement that demonstrates evidence of analytical skills and independent thinking
- the ability to work individually and in teams
Key areas of employment
Where can I find out more?
Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in historical and philosophical studies.