Archaeology and Sociology

Argyll College UHI


Tobermory Centre, Oban Centre, Lochgilphead Centre and CERC, Dunoon Centre, Rothesay Centre, Campbeltown Centre, Arran Centre, Islay Centre, Helensburgh Centre, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:
Archaeological theory and method; Understanding the social world; Making social lives

You will also choose two archaeology option module, which may include:
Historic landscapes; World archaeology; European prehistories; Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)

Plus one other option module from across the humanities degrees.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:
Excavation skills (compulsory); normally taken during Summer or Easter vacation at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module. Sociology theory Or Beliefs, culture and community;
Qualitative research

You will choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:
Scottish archaeology; Digital heritages; Managing archaeology for contemporary society; Wetland archaeology (subject to validation)

Plus one option module from across the range of humanities degrees.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:
Archaeology and interpretation; Archaeological sciences; Advanced social research methods;
Work and society; Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues

You will choose one archaeology option module, which may include:
Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands; Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands;
Archaeology project; Practical environmental archaeology (subject to validation)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in archaeology or literature. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Archaeology option modules may include:
Sustainability past and present; Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic; Funerary and burial archaeology; Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland; Landscape archaeology; Neolithic Orkney; The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD; Peoples, plants and animals

Sociology option modules may include:
Insiders and outsiders in society; Visual research; Understanding crime; Network society: mass media and the information age; Restorative justice

Entry Requirements

3 Highers at BBC including 2 relevant subjects. HNC Social Science may give you entry to year 2.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Postgraduate study

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

8 years



SCQF Level