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What makes Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Worcester special?

Finding meaning in the past whilst developing insights for the future, archaeology 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. Develop the real-world skills you will need to excavate a site and identify artefacts, as well as the creative approaches you will need to help you 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 2015 90% of our students were in employment or pursuing further study 6 months after graduating
Stone Celtic cross against a blue sky

“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

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


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


  • World Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations
  • Human Origins
  • Introduction to Geology                       
  • Country and the City
  • Reconstructing the Past

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
  • GIS

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 
  • GIS
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Ice Age Environments
  • Countryside Conservation
  • Town and Country Planning
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939-45

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?

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

Teaching approach:

  • 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


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.

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 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 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 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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.

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 fieldtrips. 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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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


Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Ecology - VD44
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Environmental Science - VV47
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Art & Design-  WN19
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography - LN79
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History - NV91
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Fine Art - 7V3W


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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Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111

Institute of Science and the Environment Admin Office

01905 855201