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BSc (Hons) Archaeology

As the only Archaeology Foundation Degree in the country, you will be taught using the latest digital technologies to receive a good grounding in all periods of British archaeology, both perhistoric and historic.


Including a range of exciting features, such as exploring the diversity and key developments of world archaeology, environmental archaeology and practical experience of pollen analysis, students will also design and set up a public exhibition that includes training in managing the modern popular media.

Practical skills such as fieldwork, museum work, media presentation, environmental archaeology and conserving monuments are also a core component. With the laboratory work, students get hands-on experience in pollen analysis. Producing conference posters, delivering conference papers and preparing them for publication are key professional skills that students learn.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 6
Truro College
1 year
Bachelor’s Degree
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Small class sizes

Hands on experience

Excellent Tutor Support

Local career links

Cornish Archaeology

There are field trips to local sites in the South West and there is an optional overseas residential trip. The course is based in Cornwall with access to coastline, beaches and moorlands.

Practical Work

Strong on fieldwork, the use of digital techniques, museum work, laboratory analysis and artefact care, there are many opportunities to undertake surveys and discover the practical essentials of professional archaeology.

Exhibition experience

Students will have the opportunity to complete a personalised project, designing and setting up a public exhibition that includes training in managing the modern popular media.


Establishing a good grounding in world, scientific and environmental archaeology, you will explore the subject with a range of both theoretical and practical skills. 

Students will undertake research into a topic of their own choosing under the guidance of staff for presentation as a dissertation. This helps students apply the skills learnt in other modules and have a tangible record of their capabilities to show to future employers. 

Modules could include:

  • World Archaeology
  • Environmental and Conservation Archaeology
  • Current Debates in Archaeology
  • Entrepreneurship and Event Management
  • Dissertation

All students will need to take part in practical work and produce a dissertation.

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This programme has excellent employer links and a good record for progression to employment and postgraduate research. Local employers are involved in the practical development of skills. Students collaborate with each other, and an external venue (such as a museum) to put together an exhibition which is then displayed. Field trips are organised to archaeological sites and landscapes, giving the all-important work experience.

The future
Graduates could progress to postgraduate study. Alternatively, they could progress to employment in archaeological units, museums, heritage centres and organisations and a host of related professions.

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Assessment Arrangements

Assessment is through a mixture of assignments (many of these are based on real-life documents and reports to be found in professional archaeological and heritage situations in order to give students the confidence and ability to enter such jobs) and end-of-module exams.

Entry Requirements

To gain a place on this course you will need a total of 24 UCAS points including a minimum equivalency of one A Level, in addition to GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or HND in Archaeology, history or a related course you may be able to progress onto this stage.

Additional Information

The awarding body for this course is the University of Plymouth.

One year full-time, two years part-time.

Location: Truro Campus

UCAS code: V401

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