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Archaeology and Heritage Studies BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Fieldtrips and practical activities are integral to this 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 organisations
  • Research focused teaching and paid opportunities to work with staff on projects through the 'Earn as You Lean' Scheme
  • Focus on employability delivered through course content and real-world tasks           
  • Exciting Joint Honours combinations such as Art & Design, Geography and History allow you to develop a unique expertise, attractive to employers

What our students say...

“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, Archaeology and Heritage Studies BA (Hons)

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This hands-on course introduces you to the artefacts, monuments, buildings, people and landscapes that represent the remains of past cultures. What do archaeologists study and how do they arrive at interpretations? How has Britain’s past been ‘discovered’, presented and interpreted? What can we learn about the past and the present through the study of archaeology and heritage? Through this exciting course, you will find the answers to these kinds of questions.

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The wide-ranging and diverse range of modules on offer allows you to gain a broad understanding of Archaeology and Heritage, or alternatively specialise in a particular area of interest. Learn how to excavate and survey archaeological sites and identify and record artefacts. Investigate key themes in human history such as death and burial, conflict and colonization and the origins of civilization. Understand the political and economic value of heritage and study how heritage is protected and conserved in the present. Modules will also engage you in real-world tasks, from producing museum labels and heritage interpretation panels to assessing preservation issues, producing archaeological reports and writing funding proposals.

Local and residential fieldwork and practical activities are essential to this course and there are also opportunities to undertake work placements and study abroad for a semester. Our staff have links with professionals working in the archaeology and heritage sectors, including museums, planning departments and field units. These professionals also have input to some of the key modules you will take, allowing you to understand live issues in the field of archaeology and heritage.

You will also have access to an impressive range of equipment and resources which include survey grade GPS, geophysics, well-appointed laboratories and a brand new digital mapping and survey suite. At Worcester, practical approaches, real-world tasks and transferable skills are embedded within a strong academic framework that will give you an excellent foundation for future employment.

Small class sizes and friendly, research active staff contributes to the supportive learning environment you will enjoy when you study Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Worcester.

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


Entry requirements

240-280 UCAS Tariff points
Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £9,000 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester:

Study options

It is also possible to study Archaeology and Heritage Studies as a joint degree with another subject. 

The combination subjects available are: Art & Design, Ecology, Fine Art Practice, Geography and History.

The University of Worcester’s degree combinations add breadth to your studies and enhance your employability. Find out more in our Joint degrees pages.

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Institute of Science and the Environment Admin Office
01905 855201

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Heritage
The Archaeology and Heritage of the British Landscape


Module options:

World Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations
Human Origins
Reconstructing the Past
Country and the City

Year 2

Core modules:

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


Module options:

Field Excavation (residential)
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
The Archaeology of Death and Burial
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Landscape Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology
(Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study in Archaeology and Heritage
Managing the Historic Environment


Module options:

Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age and Roman Britain
Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage
Forensic Archaeology
Work Placement
Extension Module
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Countryside Conservation
Town and Country Planning
The Home Front: Britain 1939-45

You will learn how to

  • Analyse, identify and interpret artefacts, buildings, monuments and landscapes
  • Explore and evaluate issues in the presentation and interpretation of archaeology and heritage
  • Understand what we can learn about the past and the present through the study of archaeology and heritage
  • Investigate the development of archaeology and heritage with regard to political, social, economic, legal, ethical and technological considerations
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through CV building, career workshops, the development of productive working relationships in group activities and the acquisition of specialist skills


  • Lectures; seminars; demonstrations; fieldtrips; practical work; tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning;  work placements
  • Most teaching involves small group sessions, the latter especially important for the acquisition of practical skills
  • Sessions are a mix of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.
  • Guest speakers, including practitioners from the archaeology and heritage sector, form part of the learning process.

Elective modules

Single Honours Students: The structure of our courses allows you to tailor your studies according to your interests and strengths. You can study topics outside of your chosen course if you wish, thus giving you the opportunity to build skills that can boost your employability. You are able to choose from a number of Elective Modules in your first and second years which add breadth to your studies, make your degree distinctive and enable you to stand out from the crowd.

Visit our Elective Modules pages to find out more.



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.

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

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

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

Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Ecology - VD44
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Environmental Management - VV47
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Art & Design-  WN19
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography - LN79
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History - NV91
Fine Art and Archaeology & Heritage Studies

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.

How to apply

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