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:

  • Each Stage is taught across just two days each week.  In September 2014 Stage 1 and Stage 3 is being delivered on Thursday and Friday and Stage 2 on 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.
  • A Foundation degree combined with the option to complete the BA (Hons) top-up 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 (Foundation Degree Stage 1):

  • 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 (Foundation Degree Stage 2):

  • 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 (BA (Hons) Stage 3):

  • Body and Soul in Peril: The Medieval World c.1000-1435
  • Archaeology and Landscapes
  • Contemporary Heritage Projects: local history, oral history,  genealogy, vernacular architecture survey
  • Legendary Britain
  • 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

Foundation Degree:

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 Programme Manager in lieu of experience, enthusiasm, and other forms of evidence of aptitude.

BA (Hons) top-up:

Successful completion of the History Heritage and Archaeology Foundation degree enables students to progress to the top-up year.  In addition students who have specific qualifications at level 4 or 5 in related subjects or who have achieved parts of degrees or recognised modules are also considered on an individual basis with the Programme Manager.


How to Apply

For all Degrees, HNDs and HNCs, 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.


2014-2015 HE Term Dates

The Higher Education term dates for 2014-15 are:

  • w/c 15 September 2014 - w/e 19 December 2014
  • w/c 5 January 2015 - w/e 27 March 2015
  • w/c 13 April 2015 - w/e19 June 2015



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

  • BA (Hons) History, Heritage and Archaeology top-up at Strode College
  • BA (Hons) History degree at Plymouth University;
  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology degree at Truro and Penwith College 

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 AH6HAH
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 or 2 years
Tuition fee £6,500 per year (2 years)
£3,250 per year (4 years)
£6,500 (1 year)
£3,250 per year (2 years)