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FdSc Archaeology

FdSc Archaeology covers topics relating exploring the nature of fieldwork and artefact care, providing the opportunity for you to undertake surveys and discover just what the practical essentials are of archaeological work. The course covers a diverse range of content which encompasses a range of both archaeological and broader heritage sector skills and knowledge including, museums and archives, artefact analysis and interpretation, survey, excavation, computing, conservation, heritage management and schools of archaeological thought.

why choose this course?

This is the only Archaeology Foundation Degree offered in the country and you will receive a good grounding in all periods of British archaeology, both prehistoric and historic by exploring the archaeological and ecological evidence from the different periods and understanding how this fits into the bigger picture of Britain. Cornwall presents a fantastic setting to study in, meaning that there are several field trips to local sites in the South West as well as guidance on how to seek opportunities for optional overseas residential trips. There is also a focus on developing requisite interests and skills for your career path with flexibility in the choice of work experiences and project work.

You will undertake research into a topic of your own choosing under the guidance of staff. In the first year, you will produce a project design; you will then research and produce a project report in the second year. This helps you apply the skills learnt in other modules and have a tangible record of your capabilities to show to future employers. This course has excellent employer links and can provide you with a range of opportunities to explore gaining some hands-on practical experience in a wide selection of both archaeological and heritage settings. You will undertake work experience which is linked to the professional project module in the second year.

Graduates can apply to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Archaeology top up degree delivered at the University Centre Truro and Penwith or to further archaeological studies at degree level at other universities. Alternatively, graduates could progress to employment in archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.

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Start date: 23/09/2024

Course code
HEARCHF24T
Level
Level 5
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Foundation Degree
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Top Course Highlights

Subject specialist lecturers

Excellent sector and industry connections

Diverse curriculum offering

Wealth of knowledge of funding, practical and career focused opportunities

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Broad Curriculum

An exceptionally broad curriculum that allows you to study a diverse range of content including historic and prehistoric archaeology, museums and archives, artefact analysis and interpretation, survey, excavation, computing, conservation, heritage management and schools of archaeological thought.

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Excellent Employer Links

Guest speakers, skills workshops and opportunities to undertake voluntary fieldwork opportunities with local organisations and groups.

Geology & Environmental Sci 107

Practical Experience

Provides guidance on opportunities for hands-on practical experience in a range of archaeological and heritage skills.

What will I learn?

Year 1 will focus on understanding archaeology as a discipline, the fundamentals of the job, practical and ethical considerations and practices, and an introduction into British (and Cornish) archaeology. In Year 2 students will utilise their first year knowledge to delve deeper into understanding scientific approaches used in archaeology, including dating and provenancing techniques, landscape and geological implications for archaeology and conservation approaches. This will be capped off with a professional project module where students will apply skills and knowledge from a relevant work situation/placement. Here they will work alongside professionals in a range of different chosen settings such as archaeological units, museums, archives, community groups and research centres. In both years of the foundation degree, strong relations between the students and regional employers are encouraged and employability skills are developed.

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Where will it take me?

FdSc Archaeology will prepare learners for a wide range of diverse careers in archaeology, but also the wider heritage sector and beyond in fields such as education, research or publicity. Future careers include:

  • Academic researcher
  • Archaeologist
  • Conservator
  • Heritage manager
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer

Wider employment opportunities include:

  • Archivist
  • Cartographer
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Records manager
  • Social researcher
  • Tourism officer
  • Mine searches
  • Surveyor / Survey equipment sales
  • Laboratory work / Laboratory supplies

Assessment Arangements

Coursework – 70%

Exam/Test – 20%

Practical – 10%

Entry Requirements

  • You need at least 48 UCAS points from relevant Level 3 qualification to apply.
  • All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent will be considered) Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above plus a relevant Level 3 qualification.
  • Applicants will be interviewed to assess the experience/capabilities for successful entry and completion of the course.

Additional information

UCAS Course Code: V400

Duration : Two years full time, fours years part time

Location: Truro Campus

The Awarding Body for this course is the University of Plymouth

Specific Modules of study include:

  • Archaeology, Landscape & Environment from Prehistory to Roman Times
  • Excavation, Post-Excavation & Archives
  • History of Archaeological Debate
  • Post Roman to Recent Times
  • Field Survey & Site Reconstruction
  • Archaeology, Geology & Landscapes of Cornwall
  • Museums Conservation and Management
  • Archaeological & Environmental Science
  • Landscape and Site Mapping, Imaging & Modelling
  • Professional Project

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What you could earn

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  • Social and Humanities Scientists
  • Physical Scientists
  • Social Workers
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  • Conservation Professionals
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