History, Heritage and Archaeology FdA/BA

Sherlock Bone


The heritage sector is important to leisure and tourism in the South West. Our courses deliver relevant practitioner knowledge, skills and critical understanding of history, heritage and archaeology with emphasis on the local area. They should appeal to anyone with a general interest in the past, particularly the heritage of the South West.

We have an active Employers’ Forum which participates fully in the planning and operation of the courses, ensuring that they are relevant and current. Our team includes staff who are practising researchers, published in their fields, including textbooks specifically written for the course.


Length of study

You can study the Foundation Degree full-time over two years, attending college two days each week; part-time over four years; or more flexibly module by module. You can study the BA (Hons) final year over one year attending college two days each week, part-time over two years or module by module.


HHA classCourse content

Foundation Degree

Year 1, 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

Year 2, 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 and 19th Century Wessex
  • Ethno-archaeology and Experimental Archaeology


BA (Hons) Degree

Year 3, Level 6:
For students completing the top-up year at Strode for the Plymouth University BA (Hons) Degree, the following will also be studied:

  • Body and Soul in Peril: The Medieval World c. 1000-1430
  • Contemporary Heritage Projects
  • Archaeology and Landscapes
  • Legendary Britain
  • Dissertation

You will have opportunities for UK visits such as Dorset Ancient Technology Centre, Stonehenge and Avebury, and to international sites of historical and archaeological interest.


Making Mesolithic GlueEmployer support

  • Somerset County Museum Services
  • Somerset County Archaeological Services
  • The National Trust
  • Somerset Heritage Centre
  • Mid-Somerset Newspapers
  • English Heritage

Potential work placements include: museums heritage centres, schools and colleges, archaeological excavations.



You will be assessed through coursework and presentations. The awarding body is Plymouth University.



Programme Manager:

  • Andrew Pickering MA, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

Module Leaders:

  • Katherine Dray MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Sean McGlynn MA, BA (Hons), PGCE, FRHistS


Entry requirements

At age 18, the usual entry requirement is 180 UCAS points. Typically you may have gained an Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above. However, experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. Please discuss this with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis by the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.
All applicants meeting the entry requirements will be offered a personal interview.

Please apply directly to Strode College. You can also apply via UCAS. See How to Apply.



Successful completion of the Foundation Degree can lead to a final year through approved routes to the BA (Hons) History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree at Strode College; the BA (Hons) History Degree at Plymouth University or the BSc (Hons) Archaeology Degree at Truro and Penwith College.
Previous students have gone into a range of careers including teaching, curation for the Somerset Heritage Service and roles with the National Trust.


Tuition fee

Full-time fee £6,500 per year. See the Financial Support page for part-time fees.

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