[Press and Public Relations] New Archaeology Courses in Demand


                                                                                                                                                               January 2002

No 21

If your imagination has been fired by the recent space of archaeology programmes on television, and you fancy yourself as part of “Time Team”, or want an opportunity to “Meet the Ancestors”, then look no further than the University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

In February 2002 the School of Archaeology and Ancient History will launch new distance learning courses in response to the demand for a series of Lifelong Learning courses in the subject.

  Already 67 students have signed up for the courses, which can be taken as individual modules, either for general interest or as part of a certificate course which can be used as a means of entry to a campus-based degree course in archaeology.   They can also be used as a bridging course to the MA Archaeology and Heritage, for students whose first degree would not normally lead to this postgraduate qualification.

The first two modules become available in February.   Students will also be able to join the course in June and September 2002, when more modules will come on stream.  The School of Archaeology and Ancient History hopes to add to these in due course.   The first six modules are Aims and Methods; Early Prehistory; Later Prehistory; Roman; Saxon/Medieval; Post Medieval/Industrial Archaeology.

There are no formal entry requirements to the new modules, but the level of work expected from students will be the same as for first-year undergraduates. Staff will therefore be happy to advise all those who are attracted by the course but are not sure of their ability to undertake it.  

The successful completion of six modules of 20 credits each (some of which will be compulsory) will lead to the award of the Certificate in Archaeology.  

Dr Alan McWhirr, Director of the Archaeology and Ancient History distance learning courses, said: “We have had so many enquiries from people who want to study archaeology for interest that we devised a series of modules which can be either studied on their own or as part of the Certificate in Archaeology.   Should a student successfully complete the Certificate then we would consider him/her for entry into our campus-based full-time courses in archaeology.  

“There is clearly a great deal of interest in the past and the recent flood of archaeology programmes on television and radio has stimulated much interest in our courses.

“Leicester is leading the way in postgraduate level distance learning archaeology courses, and we now feel it is time to extend our portfolio of courses into the field of lifelong learning.”

For help, advice or an information pack please telephone +44 (0)116 2452 2772 or see the web pages www.le.ac.uk/archaeology/dl.htm

The University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History has received commendation recently at a national level.

·        One of only two traditional universities in the UK to receive the highest grade (24/24) in the Government’s Quality Assurance Agency Teaching Quality Assessment;

·        A magnificent score of 5 in the Government’s latest Research Assessment Exercise.

Note to editors:   More information is available from Dr Alan McWhirr, Director of Distance Learning, University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History, telephone +44 (0)116 252 2729, facsimile +44 (0)116 223 1267, email adm3@le.ac.uk



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