This BA (Hons) Degree ‘top-up’ is for students who have completed the Level 5 Foundation Degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology at Strode College and want to continue their studies to gain the full Level 6 Degree. Suitably qualified students from elsewhere with a background in History and/or Heritage and/or Archaeology are also eligible for a place on this programme.

Length of study

You can study the BA (Hons) Degree ‘top-up’ programme full-time in just one year, attending college two days each week or part-time over two years. You can also study individual modules. Taught sessions are spread over thirty weeks, divided into two semesters. Reading weeks and holidays coincide with local schools and colleges.

Course content

  • Body and Soul in Peril: The Medieval World  c.1000-1430
  • Contemporary Heritage Projects
  • Archaeology and Landscapes
  • Legendary Britain (eg King Arthur and Robin Hood)
  • Dissertation

For full information download the course handbook

Enrichment opportunities

Each year we organise a wide range of visits and activities to build on your previous studies and experience and further enhance your knowledge and skills.

Previous trips include: Salisbury, Andover and Danebury; local World Heritage sites such as Stonehenge and the historic city of Bath; and education activity centres such as Somerset Heritage Centre and the Dorset Ancient Technology Centre. You will also have the opportunity to join a residential study trip: previous trips include Pompeii, Bruges, Barcelona, Rome and Nuremburg.

Excavation opportunities are provided in association with professional archaeologists and archaeological organisations. You will have opportunities to be active in the organisation of history, heritage and archaeology conferences and workshops. Costs for trips are additional to course fees.

Employer support

Our Employers’ Forum plays a significant role in planning and operating this course to ensure it is relevant and current. We have strong links with experts and practitioners in the field including the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society, the South Somerset Archaeology Research Group, and the curators of local sites and collections including Glastonbury Abbey and the Museum of Rural Life, Wells Museum, the Somerset Heritage Centre and the Museum of Somerset.


You will be assessed through coursework, including a dissertation and presentations. There are no formal examinations. The awarding body is Plymouth University.


Programme Manager:

  • Andrew Pickering MA, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
    (areas of expertise include cultural history and heritage management)

Module Leaders:

  • Katherine Dray MA, BA (Hons), PGCE 
    (areas of expertise include practical archaeology and the interpretation of landscapes)
  • Dr Sean McGlynn MA (London), PhD (Exon), RFHistS 
    (areas of expertise include the history of medieval and modern Europe)

Tuition fee

The full-time fee is £6,750 per year. See HE Tuition fees for part-time fees. Trips and visits are not mandatory; additional costs will apply.

You may be eligible for a student loan, or your employer may wish to support you on this programme.

Higher Education Loans

For this course you can apply for an Higher Education student tuition fee loan. See below 'Financial support and loans'.

No concessions

For this course we are unable to offer any fee discounts – see below 'Fees and finances'.

Higher Education documents

View our HE-related documents including student contracts and policies, procedures and regulations.

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