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Course summary

FdSc Archaeology covers extensive fieldwork and artefact care, providing the opportunity for you to undertake surveys and discover the practical essentials of archaeological work. The course offers several museum placements and practical sessions in artefact analysis, covering additional skills such as surveying, excavation, museum work, computing and conserving monuments. This is the only Archaeology Foundation Degree offered in the country and it will teach you the latest digital technologies and how to utilise them in practice. You will receive a good grounding in all periods of British archaeology, both prehistoric and historic. Cornwall presents a fantastic setting to study in, meaning that there are several field trips to local sites in the South West as well as opportunities for optional overseas residential trips. There is also a focus on developing requisite interests and skills for your career path with flexibility in the choice of work experiences and project work. You will undertake research into a topic of your own choosing under the guidance of staff. In the first year, you will produce a project design; you will then research and produce a project report in the second year. This helps you apply the skills learnt in other modules and have a tangible record of your capabilities to show to future employers. This course has excellent employer links and hands-on practical experience in a range of archaeological and heritage skills. It deals with both prehistoric and historic archaeology. You will undertake work experience which is linked to the professional project module in the second year. Graduates can apply to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Archaeology top up degree delivered at Truro and Penwith College or to further archaeological studies at degree level at other universities. Alternatively, graduates could progress to employment in archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.


First Year Archaeology, Landscape & Environment From Prehistory to Roman Times  Excavation, Post-Excavation & Archives  History of Archaeological Debate  Post-Roman to Recent Times  Field Survey & Site Reconstruction  Entrepreneurship & Professional Development  Second Year Archaeology, Geology & Landscapes of Cornwall  Museum Conservation and Management  Archaeological & Environmental Science  Landscape and Site Mapping, Imaging & Modelling  Professional Project  Modules may be subject to change

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider international applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8224 Year 1
EU £9335 Year 1
England £8224 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8224 Year 1
Scotland £8224 Year 1
Wales £8224 Year 1
Channel Islands £8224 Year 1
International £9335 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information and guidance about fees and funding, please visit the website:
Archaeology at University Centre Truro and Penwith - UCAS