BA (Hons) Archaeology and Landscape History

Whilst studying Archaeology and Landscape History, we will inspire you to investigate past societies, discovering how they developed both materially and culturally.

Our primary aim is to equip you with the necessary skills both theoretical and practical, to progress with confidence within the Heritage and/or archaeological profession.

The topics studied range from the prehistoric period through to the modern. The areas of investigation include Britain and Europe primarily; however this does not exclude the investigation of other locations throughout the world.

In close proximity to Peterborough are the historic Fens with an archaeological landscape of national and international importance as evidenced through the discovery of Flag Fen and latterly Must Farm. Both sites offer an insight into how we existed during prehistory; ranging from wood working techniques to the types of food being consumed. Moving beyond domestic, there is also evidence of ceremonial activity along the fen-edge, involving the deposition of items, for example swords into the water.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • The greater Peterborough area is steeped in history which includes the Bronze Age sites at Flag Fen and Must Farm.
  • Field trips to local heritage sites are used to build on information gained in lectures.
  • The modules studied are wide and varied, allowing students to gain knowledge and interests for future careers.
  • Students will develop a wide range of transferable skills which will improve their employment opportunities.

80 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Principles and Methods of Archaeology and Landscape History (30 credits)
  • Western Civilisation 1: Antiquity to the Renaissance (15 credits)
  • Themes in Archaeology (15 credits)
  • Analytical Techniques (15 credits)
  • Western Civilisation 2: The Reformation to the Modern Age (15 credits)
  • Heritage Management (15 credits)
  • Themes in Landscape History (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Prehistory and European Wetlands (30 credits)
  • Science and Archaeology (15 credits)
  • Ceremonial and Ritual Landscapes (15 credits)
  • Desk based Archaeological Assessment (15 credits)
  • History Today (15 credits)
  • Placement and Portfolio (PDP) (30 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Urban and Industrial Landscapes (30 credits)
  • Ancient Technologies (15 credits)
  • Buildings in the Landscape (15 credits)
  • Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

This course aims to develop an individual’s practical, research and presentational skills; achieved through the varied course content and designed to enhance the chances of gaining employment. We have excellent connections with local employers that include: local archaeological field units, Peterborough City Council Planning Department as well as Vivacity Museums, Heritage and Culture. After graduating, we will provide continual support to students wishing to find employment within the heritage sector.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Landscape History degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I first started teaching in 2002 on part-time archaeology course at a local college before progressing to lecturing full-time at undergraduate level.

I graduated from Sheffield University in 1994 having completed a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory.  Before studying at university, I worked for three years as a field archaeologist for ‘Fenland Archaeological Trust’ in order to gain practical experience before embarking on academic studies.  During these early years I gained invaluable field experience of dry land sites such as Etton causewayed enclosure in Cambridgeshire and Barnhouse in Orkney, which dated back to the British Neolithic, as well as wetland sites, including a Neolithic lakeside settlement in southern Germany and a Late Bronze Age wetland site of national importance at Flag Fen in Cambridgeshire.

Since graduating, I continued to gain a wealth of experience in field archaeology working on a number of archaeological excavations throughout the British Isles. Many of the sites excavated I have subsequently written-up being published as grey literature by Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit. The major sites include Prehistoric Landscape at Stowe Farm, West Deeping, Lincolnshire and Prehistoric and Roman Settlement Remains at Mayor’s Walk.

I am currently researching Bronze Age field systems located along the Welland Valley, as part of studying for an Mphil. The aim of the research is to place the site at Stowe Farm, Lincolnshire, in a local and regional context.


  • Mphil Archaeology and Landscape History, Sheffield University (currently studying)
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology and Prehistory, Sheffield University
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Northampton University

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

6 years part-time 
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2019/20 including our complaints policy.

The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.

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