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Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles           
  • Assessment is mostly by coursework, and is designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Fieldtrips and practical activities are integral to the Archaeology & Heritage Studies aspect of the course
  • Specialist equipment and facilities are available for student use, including geophysics, survey kit and a GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard software and other mapping-related equipment
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local heritage organisations and opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador
  • 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)

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


Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Jodie Lewis
Admissions Tutor, Archaeology
01905 855182

Neil Fleming
Admissions Tutor, History
01905 85 5323       

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Heritage
How to do History


Module options:

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
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Italian Stage 1

Year 2

Core modules:



Module options:

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
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Landscape Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology
(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

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study


Module options:

Managing the Historic Environment
Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age and Roman Britain
Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Architecture and the Built Heritage
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
Ireland Since 1848
History Extension Module
Britain in the Global Economy
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials



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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History BA (Hons) – NV91

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

How to apply

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

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