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What makes Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History at Worcester special?

Studied as joint honours, these subjects offer a critical interpretation of variations in the landscape, as well as gaining an understanding of the reasons for change in society.

At Worcester, Archaeology & Heritage Studies allows you to build the real-world skills you'll 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.

History at Worcester offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of British, European and World History from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries. This course will introduce you to many of today’s debates surrounding approaches to historical study.



Key Features

  • The course is delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles           
  • You'll gain research, analysis and communication skills – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations to gain work experience
  • Opportunities to study abroad for a semester
  • Research focused teaching and paid opportunities to work with staff on projects through the 'Earn as You Learn' Scheme
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the University library)
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree 
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

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
  • How to do History 


  • World History
  • The Early Modern World
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789 
  • Reconstructing the Past 
  • Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict, Stability and Change 
  • An Introduction to Media History 
  • TV History 
  • Introduction to Heritage 
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Optional language modules

Year 2


  • Archaeology Theory and Research 
  • Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections 
  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity 
  • Death and Burial 
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion 
  • Excavation Module
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Dating, DNA, Isotopes: Archaeological Science in context
  • (Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film 
  • Methods and Debates in History
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690
  • Twentieth-Century USA
  • Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660 
  • The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
  • British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000 
  • Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951 (A) 
  • Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914 
  • From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
  • British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000 
  • The German Empire, 1862 – 1918
  • The Victorian Century 
  • History Work Experience Module 
  • The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
  • Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900 
  • Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690 – 1848
  • Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Dissertation 


  • Managing the Historic Environment
  • Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
  • Iron Age and Roman Britain 
  • Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage 
  • Nationalism 
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade 
  • The USA and World War Two 
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and his Opponents 
  • Hollywood Goes to War
  • Nazi Germany 
  • Empire and Appeasement 
  • Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth 
  • Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century 
  • Witchcraft 
  • Ireland Since 1848 
  • History Extension Module 
  • Britain in the Global Economy 
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials

Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History.

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 documents for Archaeology and Heritage Studies BA (Hons) and History BA (Hons).


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 (English Heritage, National Trust), archaeological/environmental consultancies, teaching, local government and planning, environmental management and conservation.

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

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 is £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 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

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 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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?

Apply through UCAS

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.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Neil Fleming

Admissions Tutor, History

Dr Jodie Lewis

Admissions Tutor, Archaeology