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Department of Archaeology Undergraduate Degrees Accredited by CIFA

Posted on 11 December 2020

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists has recognized that York's programmes provide students with career-relevant skills.

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We are delighted to announce that after much hard work documenting and explaining our approaches to the teaching of archaeology in the classroom, the lab, and the field, our BA and BSc programmes have won accreditation from CIfA - the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. This is great news for students, as it provides recognition that we provide the skills that students need to build a career in the historic environment. The accreditation 'recognises the value of real knowledge of working practices across the sector' and provides students with the opportunity to join CIfA as a means of supporting their professional development.

The report said: "There is clearly a strong ethos within the department to provide a rounded experience for academic study that considers providing appropriate skills that are relevant to a career in the historic environment. The assessment team were particularly impressed by:
1) The care and thought that has gone into putting skills development and career enhancement at the core of teaching.
2) Quality of student support and encouragement for students to develop individual interests.
3) A focus on practical learning through team work, through teaching in small groups and making good use of a wide range of departmental facilities and resources."

CIfA is a leading professional body representing archaeologists who work in the UK and oversees. Its members champion professionalism in archaeology, setting standards, improving careers and promoting best practice. Their work links the archaeology industry with higher education institutions.