BA (Hons) Archaeology & Landscape History

Course Overview 

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Landscape History, offered at University Centre Peterborough, examines British history as represented in the archaeological record and landscape from prehistoric to modern times.

It examines theory and practice in archaeology and landscape history, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in archaeology, museums and archives. This course offers an exciting opportunity to study the increasingly popular subjects of archaeology and landscape history together by offering a multi-period, skills and techniques approach. This will allow you to understand the development of human activity in northern Europe, from prehistory to the 21st century.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BA (Hons) Archaeology & Landscape History

Students can also look forward to the highly vocational module Ancient Technologies, designed to ensure graduates have the hands-on skills valued by the heritage sector.

Module Guide

Year one core modules

  • Principles and Methods of Archaeology and Landscape
  • History Themes in Archaeology
  • Analytical Techniques for Forensic Scientists
  • Western Civilisation 1 and 2
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Management Themes in Landscape History

Year two core modules

  • Archaeological Desk-based Assessment
  • Ceremonial and Ritual Landscapes
  • Prehistory and European Wetlands
  • Science in Archaeology
  • Placement and Portfolio
  • History Today: Methods and Approaches

Year three core modules

  • Urban and Industrial Landscapes
  • Ancient Technologies
  • Buildings in the Landscape
  • Major Project


The new Ancient Technologies module gives an exciting opportunity to develop skills that are highly prized in the heritage sector – you will use a hands on approach to learn flint knapping, pottery, wood and metal work, rope and cordage and dry stone walling.


The course is assessed in a variety of ways including, essays, reports, reflective log books, exams and practical placements.

Links with industry and professional recognition
We currently have several formal partnerships with organisations in the region. These include Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Project and Vivacity. Through these partnerships you will gain the opportunity to excavate and work in the heritage sector, giving you an advantage when applying for employment.

Special features

One of the most significant discoveries of Bronze Age log boats occurred in 2011 at Must Farm near Peterborough. Now undergoing conservation at Flag Fen our students are actively involved in related projects.
As Peterborough Cathedral recently celebrated its 900th anniversary with the “Peterborough 900: Letting it speak for itself” project, a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled the involvement of our students in investigating the archaeology of the Cloister over the next three years

Associated careers

This course could lead to careers in archaeology (excavation, surveying, HER management); heritage (visitor services, care of collections, education), and teaching (history).

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points

A levels required
3 A levels in any subject.

BTEC/Access required
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Please note AS levels are acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.

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