History, Heritage and Archaeology FdA/BA

Sherlock Bone


The heritage sector is an extremely important element of leisure and tourism in the southwest region. The course will deliver relevant practitioner knowledge, skills and critical understanding of the fields of history, heritage and archaeology with particular emphasis on the local area. The course has a very active and involved Employers’ Forum which participates fully in the planning and operation of the course and ensure that it is kept relevant and current. The team includes staff who are practising researchers and published in their fields. The course should appeal to anyone with a general interest in the past, particularly the heritage of the south-west of England.

Special features of the programme:

  • All sessions are taught across just two days each week (usually Wednesday and Thursday) – the rest of the time you can study off-campus and, if you wish, have a part-time job.
  • Many visits are organised each year including an annual residential field trip.
  • Small classes ensure a very supportive learning environment with plenty of opportunities for formative guidance from the module leaders as you work through the assignments.
  • Making Mesolithic Glue

    The fees for this course are almost 1/3 less than those for equivalent courses at the main Plymouth University campus and significantly less than many HE programmes offered elsewhere.
  • The Foundation degree route enables the College to provide students with a place in higher education even if they have fallen far short of their UCAS target grades. For older students life experience is considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
  • All assessment is by coursework; there are no formal examinations.
  • Students are encouraged to undertake work-related learning activities and opportunities for these are included in the programme.



Level 4:

  • The Theory and Method of History
  • Archaeological Survey and Excavation
  • Heritage and the Heritage Industry
  • Prehistoric Wessex
  • Rebellion and Reformation: English History from c.1450 to 1603
  • Professional Practice

Level 5:

  • Historical Interpretations: Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe
  • Alfred the Great and King John: Contemporary Sources and Historical Reputations
  • The Analysis, Interpretation and Conservation of Archaeological Evidence
  • Personal Investigation
  • Agricultural and Industrial Lives: 18th Century and19th Century Wessex
  • Ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology

HHA classLevel 6*:

  • The History of Medieval Europe
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Heritage projects: local history, oral history,  genealogy, vernacular architecture survey
  • King Arthur and Robin Hood: History, Heritage and Archaeology
  • Dissertation 



  • Andrew Pickering MA, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE [Programme Manager]
  • Katherine Dray MA, BA (Hons), PGCE [Module Leader]
  • Sean McGlynn MA, BA (Hons), FRHistS [Module Leader]


Entry Requirements

The usual entry point score requirement at age 18 is 180 UCAS points (eg. National Diploma with triple Merit or above; three A Levels grade C or above; plus at least one pass at A2 Level), however experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. For consideration please discuss with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis with the course tutor in lieu of experience, enthusiasm, and other forms of evidence of aptitude.


How to Apply

For all Foundation Degrees and HNDs, full or part time, apply directly to Strode College. Please either apply online or complete the application form in the Higher Education Prospectus.

Applications for Higher Education courses at Strode College are accepted throughout the year.

Conditional or unconditional offers will be made subject to appropriate qualifications and or experience, successful interview and a relevant academic or vocational reference.

If you are offered a place you should accept within three weeks of an offer being made.




Successful completion of the foundation degree can lead to stage 3, final year through approved routes to the:

  • BA (Hons) History degree at Plymouth University;
  • *BA (Hons) History, Heritage and Archaeology degree at Strode College (from 2014 subject to approval);
  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree at Truro and Penwith College (subject to approval).

Ultimately the programme can lead to employment in a very wide range of contexts including jobs associated with the heritage industry.

For further information contact the Programme Manager, Andy Pickering apickering@strode-college.ac.uk


Student Profile

Natasha Wimberley


Case Studies


Staff Profiles

Sean McGlynn
Andrew Pickering


Key Facts

  Foundation Degree BA (Hons) Degree
Course code AH4HAH TBC
Level HE Level 5 HE Level 5
Award FdA BA (Hons)
Awarding Body Plymouth University Plymouth University
Length 2 or 4 years or modular 1 year
Tuition fee Up to £6,750 per year Up to £6,750 per year