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What makes Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Worcester special?

This course has been ranked number one for Archaeology graduate prospects nationally in The Complete University Guide 2018

Archaeology enables us to find meaning in the past whilst developing insights for the future. This fascinating subject reveals to us the many mysteries of the human condition, as it has played out across time and space.

At Worcester, archaeology is both a practical discipline and an intellectual puzzle. Build the real-world skills you will need to excavate a site and identify artefacts. You’ll also develop the creative approaches you’ll need to interpret your discoveries and solve the riddles of the past.

View the Archaeology and Heritage Programme Overview and read more about studying archaeology.



Key features

  • Field trips and practical activities build skills and experience
  • Excellent facilities, including our mapping and visualisation suite, geophysics and survey kit, and well-appointed laboratories
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Well-developed industry links with museums, planning departments and field units to support your learning
  • Small class sizes make it easier to fully explore and discuss your ideas
  • In 2017-18, 100% of our students were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating
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“For me, I chose the perfect course – you get to go on multiple field trips, so you don’t have to spend all your time in a lecture theatre. The course leaders are all very hands-on too – they are free to help and provide you with feedback should you need it. It’s a friendly, close environment but with all the independence you could want.”

Shelley Rowlatt, student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Heritage
  • The Archaeology of Britain
  • Archaeological Investigations


  • World Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations
  • Human Origins
  • Optional language modules

Year 2


  • Archaeology Theory and Research
  • Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections


  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Death and Burial
  • Field Excavation Module
  • Dating, DNA, Isotopes: Archaeological Science in context
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Independent Study in Archaeology and Heritage
  • Managing the Historic Environment


  • Extension Module
  • Work Placement
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage
  • Neolithic and Bronze Age
  • Iron Age and Roman Britain
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Ice Age Environments
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
  • Town and Country Planning
  • The Home Front: Myths, Narratives, Images and Experiences

"The course leaders are all very hands-on. They are free to help and provide you with feedback should you need it."

Shelley Rowlatt

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of fieldwork, field-trips, lectures, seminars, interactive class workshops and laboratory based practicals.

Fieldwork may include archaeological excavation (residential and in-class), survey, site and building recording and is intended to equip you with the subject based skills valuable to future employment. Field-trips are linked to the topics and sites covered in lectures and enable you to gather data for assessments and analyse real world situations.

Lectures introduce key ideas and debates which are further developed in seminar discussions. Workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to support your learning through individual and small group activities and problem based learning. Laboratory practicals further enhance your subject specific and research skills.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a 100-hour work placement in the third year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

You use industry-standard design software and have access to archaeological and computer laboratory facilities throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of field-trips
  • 2 hours of small group seminars/workshops
  • 2 hours of laboratory work
  • 2 hours of fieldwork

At the end of your first year you have the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation. This is a residential field school that lasts for three weeks and takes place during the summer vacation between your first and second years.

In your third year, you can choose to take the Work Placement module which requires you to carry out 100 hours in the workplace, either during the vacation or in teaching time. If you choose the latter you will need to fit it around your other contact hour requirements.

Class sizes vary dependent on modules but you will generally be in a class of 20-30 students for mandatory modules and 10-20 for optional modules.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 21 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 63% of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a wide range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, field and laboratory notebooks, artefact and site reports, individual and group presentations, academic posters, article critiques, mock funding applications, heritage promotion strategies and museum and heritage interpretation labels and panels. In addition, there are a few written examinations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 4 essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 interpretation panel
  • 1 poster
  • 1 group presentation
  • 1 practical portfolio
  • 1 bibliographic exercise
  • 1 current events item
  • 1 open note examination (90 minutes duration)

Year 2

  • 3 reports
  • 3 essays
  • 2 presentations
  • 1 article critique
  • 1 research proposal
  • 1 museum label
  • 1 visual media evaluation
  • 1 field notebook
  • 1 excavation on-site performance
  • 1 formal written examination (2 hours duration)

Year 3

  • Major independent study project of approx. 8000 words
  • 2 reports
  • 2 essays
  • 2 student negotiated assessments
  • 2 individual/group presentations
  • 1 practical project
  • 1 funding proposal
  • 1 student-led discussion
  • 1 individual evaluation
  • 1 in class test


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?


This course opens up a host of exciting career paths that include commercial (field) archaeology, museums and the heritage industry, national organisations (Historic England, National Trust), archaeological/environmental consultancies, teaching, local government and planning, environmental management and conservation.

The course also provides the ideal grounding for postgraduate study and research.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will be responsible for meeting the costs of travel to and from placement, and where applicable, car parking costs.

We recommend that you purchase a small field excavation kit, to include an archaeologist’s trowel, a scalpel, 6” nails, line level, string, plumb-bob, paintbrushes, drawing pens and pencils and a toolbox.  The approximate cost is £50.

We also recommend investment in outdoor waterproof clothing, sturdy walking boots and a sleeping bag for residential field-trips. In addition, a pair of metal-free wellington boots and metal free clothing (e.g. tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt, cagoule) are needed for geophysical surveys.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Archaeology and Heritage Studies BA (Hons) - DV44

Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography BA/BSc (Hons) - LN79
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History BA (Hons) - NV91

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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