BA (Hons) History and Archaeology

Are you interested in the past and how it shapes the future? Are you fascinated by the history of your environment - of the buildings and landscapes that comprise it and the laws and institutions that animate it? Do you view the present as continuous with the past or do you see the past as a series of more or less violent ruptures leading up to the present? Are you passionate about the historical world and its importance for understanding the present? Are you interested in a career in the Heritage Industries – in a fast developing sector that contributes more to the UK economy than the Agricultural and Aerospace industries combined?

If so our BA (Hons) History and Archaeology course may be for you. The course is a unique combination of history and archaeology modules designed to create an integral course that supports students that want to pursue careers in either discipline.

We aimed to create a course that at one and the same time satisfies the intellectual curiosity of history/archaeology students while providing the best possible opportunity for progression into the graduate jobs market in the heritage sector.

The course was developed through extensive consultations with academics and industry professionals to ensure that the skills with which our students graduate align as closely as possible with the skills required by industry.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with one of a range of heritage organisations in the city and wider region. These include Vivacity, Headland Archaeology, Oxford East Archaeology and Historic England. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a major undergraduate project on a topic of your choosing, under the supervision of one of our academic staff.

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.

80 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals 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 or grade 4 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)
  • The Birth and Development of Modern Europe (30 credits)
  • Practical Aspects of Archaeology (30 credits)
  • Themes in Archaeology (15 credits)
  • Heritage Management (15 credits)
  • Prehistory: A European Perspective (30 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Rome and the Roman World (15 credits)
  • The Role of Science in Archaeology (15 credits)
  • Ritualised Landscapes (15 credits)
  • Historiography and the Historian (15 credits)
  • Working in the Heritage Industries: Work Placement and Reflective Portfolio (30 credits)
  • Imperialism and Empire (15 credits)
  • Desk-based Assessment (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Urban Experience and Identity in Early Modern Europe (30 credits)
  • Pre-industrial Technology (15 credits)
  • The Social Role of Buildings (15 credits)
  • The Archaeology of the Human Bone (15 credits)


  • Conflict and Society in European History (15 credits)
  • Surveying the Historic Environment (15 credits)

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 to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 30%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 30%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 30%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 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:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 90%     Coursework
  • 10%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 70%     Coursework
  • 5%       Written Exams
  • 15%     Practical Exams
  • 10%     Placement
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 70%     Coursework
  • 15%     Written Exams
  • 15%     Practical Exams

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

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Curator
  • Heritage Manager
  • Educational Officer
  • Teacher
  • Events/Project Organiser

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) History and Archaeology 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 applications can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

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.

The next start date for this course is w/c 14th September 2020. You can apply for this course from 21 May 2019.

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)

4 years part-time 
(1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

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

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