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Heritage

The BA Heritage Studies will offer students a programme that will explore different aspects of Heritage and the Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects across a range of discipline including history, archaeology and philosophy.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

UCAS Code & Joint Honours Pathway 

BA Heritage 
UCAS Code: HER1
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BA Anthropology & Heritage
UCAS Code: ANH1
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BA Heritage & Philosophy
UCAS Code: HGP1
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BA Heritage & Theology
UCAS Code: THG1
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BA History & Heritage
UCAS Code: HHG1
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BA English & Heritage
UCAS Code: HEN1
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BA Chinese Studies & Heritage
UCAS Code: CSH1
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BA Classical Civilisation & Heritage
UCAS Code: CCH1
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BA Creative Writing & Heritage
UCAS Code: CWH1
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BA Heritage & Religious Studies 
UCAS Code: RHG1
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BA Heritage with Foundation Year 
UCAS Code: HEF1
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BA Medieval Studies & Heritage 
UCAS Code: MHG1
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. A wide range of modules exploring different aspects of heritage and heritage agencies, institutions and sites
  2. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive expertise in areas such as nautical archaeology, Egyptological artefacts and Cistercian monasteries
  3. A chance to gain practical experience with placements at heritage sites, museums and archives
  4. The hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
  5. A chance to study a range of disciplines including history, archaeology and philosophy

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme in Heritage Studies will offer an innovative approach to study that combines an exploration of general and broadly based Heritage issues, with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.

The programmes in Heritage studies is innovatively constructed to offer students choice over the areas they want to study. For the single honours Heritage Studies students will complete a compulsory 80 credits then choose a particular ‘themed’ pathway or study pathways for the remaining 40 credits. There are four study pathways:

  1. Nautical Archaeology: Students will gain knowledge about the heritage surrounding the sea, the conservation of materials, the computerisation of structures and residues, the processes of acquisition and preservation. Particular focus during this pathway will be on the Newport Ship project, a medieval ship excavated in Newport and now on public display.
  2. Archives and Museums: this pathway also builds upon expertise in the areas of museology and archival management, and seen in a variety of modules covering archiving, display, on-going exhibitions of Egyptian artefacts, the interpretation of various Heritage materials, and the conservation of rare books and pamphlets.
  3. Digital Humanities: this pathway looks to build links between Heritage and an emerging new sub-discipline, digital humanities. The programme aims to investigate how such new, digital methodologies can enhance heritage, such as digitisation of archival materials, and the use of technology in displays and exhibitions.
  4. Built Environment: this pathway delivered by colleagues from Swansea and looks to explore, interpret and understand the Heritage that lies all around us in the historic and built environment.
Modules

Typical modules include:

  • Building & Architectural History
  • Conservation of buildings
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Sustainable Development
Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

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Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

BA Archaeology
UCAS Code: V400

BA Classical Civilisation
UCAS Code: Q820

BA History
UCAS Code: V100

BA Medieval Studies
UCAS Code: V130

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