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

Studied as joint honours, these subjects offer a critical interpretation of how the variations in the landscape affect the human experience both in the past and the present.

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.

Geography explores the big questions about our planet and issues that affect us all. Fieldwork is also a big part of the course - that includes residential field courses in the UK, Europe, Africa and North America.



Key Features

  • Integral to the course are excellent local and residential fieldwork opportunities and practical activities
  • Specialist equipment including geophysics, survey kit, a GIS and Visualisation Suite, GPS units for field mapping and two river monitoring stations
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics and issues, assessed through a diverse range of coursework types
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local heritage organisations
  • 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

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
  • Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes 
  • People and Place

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 
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage 
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • (Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film 
  • Geography Field Course 
  • Researching Geography
  • GIS
  • Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
  • Meteorology and Climate 
  • River Monitoring and Assessment  
  • Natural Hazards 
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Geography
  • Geographies of Development 
  • Rural Geography 
  • Urban Geography

Year 3


  • Dissertation


  • 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 
  • GIS 
  • Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
  • River Conservation and Management 
  • River Science Research Project 
  • Environmental Geology 
  • Mountain Glaciers and Landscape 
  • Ice Age Environments 
  • Critical Geographies of Leisure and Consumption 
  • Political Geography 
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change 
  • Town and Country Planning 
  • Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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 Geography.

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 Geography BA/BSc (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. It will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), conservation, working with the Wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching.

Archaeology and Geography graduates have an excellent track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

There are many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several local government (such as local authority planning departments) organisations and other environmental and conservation agencies and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). Numerous undergraduates have volunteered to assist in the collection of River Science field data in recent years and have gained experience in using our state-of-the-art river monitoring equipment. This has helped some of them gain employment after graduation in the water industry, with environmental consultancies and the Environment Agency.

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 Geography BA/BSc (Hons) – LN79

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 David Storey

Admissions Tutor, Geography

Dr Jodie Lewis

Admissions Tutor, Archaeology