Truro and Penwith College

BSc (Hons) Archaeology

Designated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieving ‘full confidence’ from the Quality Assurance Agency, our national reputation as one of the leading colleges in the country speaks for itself. Study a specialist degree with us. Be part of our close-knit community. Learn from our dedicated staff. You’ll graduate with a degree from one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide. 

Course details

  • Course overview
  • Core modules
    • TCARC304 Current Debates in Archaeology

      Students will examine the current debates and philosophies behind today's archaeology. They will also critically examine the literature in other disciplines that have influenced archaeology. They will learn how archaeology is part of a much wider academic discussion, and a much wider academic community.

    • TCARC305 Environmental and Conservation Archaeology

      Students will critically evaluate laboratory and field techniques of Environmental and Conservation Archaeology. This module will examine the principles and practices of Environmental and Conservation Archaeology, current issues and debates within the field, and investigate the interrelationship between them.

    • TCARC308 Dissertation

    • TCARC309 World Archaeology

      World Archaeology will give the detailed analytical knowledge of a range of international developments in Archaeology This is a student-led module. The lecturer introduces the broad themes and gives guidance, but it is the students who actually research and present the specific topics to their fellow students.

    • TCARC310 Entrepreneurship and Event Management

      Students will learn to present material to different types of public audience. They will develop an understanding of audience so as to present the material in a way that is understandable and enjoyable for those audiences, whilst retaining the essence and integrity of the material. They will also learn how their statements may be liable to misinterpretation or manipulation.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • TCARC304 Current Debates in Archaeology

      Students will examine the current debates and philosophies behind today's archaeology. They will also critically examine the literature in other disciplines that have influenced archaeology. They will learn how archaeology is part of a much wider academic discussion, and a much wider academic community.

    • TCARC305 Environmental and Conservation Archaeology

      Students will critically evaluate laboratory and field techniques of Environmental and Conservation Archaeology. This module will examine the principles and practices of Environmental and Conservation Archaeology, current issues and debates within the field, and investigate the interrelationship between them.

    • TCARC308 Dissertation

    • TCARC309 World Archaeology

      World Archaeology will give the detailed analytical knowledge of a range of international developments in Archaeology This is a student-led module. The lecturer introduces the broad themes and gives guidance, but it is the students who actually research and present the specific topics to their fellow students.

    • TCARC310 Entrepreneurship and Event Management

      Students will learn to present material to different types of public audience. They will develop an understanding of audience so as to present the material in a way that is understandable and enjoyable for those audiences, whilst retaining the essence and integrity of the material. They will also learn how their statements may be liable to misinterpretation or manipulation.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

Find out more about studying at Truro and Penwith College

Pete Missingham – BSc (Hons) Archaeology graduate

Get out there and do as much fieldwork and as varied fieldwork as possible, and keep doing it during your studies. My current job came from a volunteer excavation I was helping with: unknown to me, my future employer was watching the volunteers.

Unearthing an Anglo-Saxon glass bead and rediscovering a fireman’s helmet are amongst the wonderful things Pete Missingham has found during his work.

Find out more about Pete