If you've applied to the Department of Archaeology for admission in 2012-13, the information below should answer any questions you have about your place at York. If you have any questions about our decisions, our offers, or any Clearing places we may hold, our Admissions Officers will be available to take calls from 8:30 AM on the morning of Thursday, August 16th. Please call 01904 323901.
If you were holding a Conditional Firm or Conditional Insurance offer with us, you will be able to see our decision on UCAS Track on the morning of Thursday, August 16th. If you still have any results or documentation that is outstanding, you may still see a conditional offer. If you have a question about our decision or about documentation that you still need to submit, please get in touch with our Admissions Officers on the number above. Please note that we can confirm the decision we have made, but we cannot tell you what grades you received. This information has to be obtained from your school.
If you originally applied to the University of York in History or Biology, you may have been made a Change of Course Offer to the Department of Archaeology. This will appear on UCAS Track as a change of course offer from your original course code (V100 for History or C codes for Biology), to an Archaeology course code (V400, V401, V402, V403). A Visit Day for Change of Course students will be held on Tuesday August 21st, where you can visit our department and meet some of the staff.
If you have received a Change of Course Offer, it means that unfortunately you have not been accepted to your original choice of course at York. However, after reviewing your UCAS application, we have thought you might like to consider a related degree course in the Department of Archaeology. You may never have thought about Archaeology as a degree subject before, and we understand that you will want to consider your options carefully. You can see further information about our courses below, and please get in touch with our Admissions Officers to enquire about your Change of Course Offer and to find out more about Archaeology at York.
If you originally applied to the Department of History at York, you have likely been made an offer to Historical Archaeology. On our BA in Historical Archaeology programme, you will be able to specialize in those periods of history for which texts and documents also survive. At York this encompasses everything from the ancient Egyptians and Romans through the medieval and early modern periods, all the way up to the 21st century. In Historical Archaeology, we make a point to integrate documentary evidence—from texts, archival material, and maps—with our knowledge of material culture, in order to gain a complete understanding of the human past. York is one of the leading Historical Archaeology centres in the UK, and well over half of our staff specializes in historic periods.
Go here for more information about the BA in Historical Archaeology.
If you originally applied to the Department of Biology at York, you have likely been made an offer to study Bioarchaeology. The BSc in Bioarchaeology is one of our fastest growing degrees, and York is one of the leading centres for Bioarchaeology in the world. Bioarchaeology is the application of biological and chemical sciences to questions about the human past, and this relatively new and exciting discipline has delivered groundbreaking discoveries about our past and our planet. We research and teach on topics ranging from human evolution and the development of plants and animals, to forensics and the history of disease and medicine, to using exciting and innovative techniques in DNA and biochemical analysis to explore everything from human skeletons, to animal-bone artefacts, to Egyptian mummies.
Go here for more information about the BSc in Bioarchaeology.
You will be able to search for our courses that are open for Clearing and Adjustment on UCAS on the morning of Thursday, August 16th. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible on the number above to speak to us about your interest in Archaeology at York. A Visit Day for Clearing and Adjustment students will be held on Tuesday August 21st, where you can visit our department and meet some of the staff.
To be eligible for Clearing, you must not hold any offers from any other institutions, either because your Firm and Insurance choices have rejected you, you have declined all your offers, or you have not been made any offers (late applicants). You will be able to see this on UCAS Track. If you are interested in entering the Department of Archaeology at York through Clearing, you will need to do the following:
1) Contact our admissions officers, and give us your UCAS number and Clearing number so that we may review your application and grades. We will not give you an answer immediately over the phone, but we will give you a time by which we will make a decision. You will need to provide us with an email and phone number, and be available for the whole day, so that we can get back in touch with you.
2) If we provisionally offer you a place through Clearing, you will need to add the institution and course as your Clearing Choice on UCAS. Do not add us as a Clearing Choice before speaking to our Admissions Officers and receiving an offer of a place.
3) Students accepted to York through Clearing will be guaranteed accommodation so long as you apply by 1:00 PM on August 26th. Please see the Accommodation Office website for more details.
You are eligible for adjustment if you have exceeded the terms of your original Firm offer. If your grades have met our entry requirements, we may have a place available for you through Adjustment. To enter Adjustment, you must:
1) Register for Adjustment through UCAS Track.
2) Contact the Department of Archaeology on the number above to enquire about Adjustment places.
3) If you are offered a place and decide to accept it, your Track screen will be updated with your new choice and course. You will be guaranteed accommodation, with the same priority as Clearing students. Please see the Accommodation Office website for more details.
4) If you are not offered a place at York through Adjustment, your original CF place will be held for you.
A Visit Day for Change of Course students will be held on Tuesday August 21st, where you can visit our department and meet some of the staff.
Deciding to accept a change of course from Biology to Bioarchaeology is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I've been able to pursue my interests in both science and the human past, and I've taken the chance to get involved in many aspects of Archaeology, not just the sciences! My dissertation involves analysing residues of foods once cooked in prehistoric pottery - I get to interpret how some of the world’s earliest pots were used by people, whilst also developing advanced Biology and Chemistry laboratory skills.
David, BSc Bioarchaeology