Truro and Penwith College

BSc (Hons) Archaeology

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • World Archaeology (TRUR3103)

      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.

    • Experimental Archaeology and Event Management (TRUR3104)

      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.

    • Heritage Conservation & Environmental Archaeology (TRUR3106)

      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.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Current Debates in Archaeology (TRUR3105)

      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.

    • Dissertation (TRUR3107)

      This module will build upon the experiences of Foundation Degree projects. Students will research themes, topics or sites from a more critically analytical perspective. Students will examine appropriate philosophical and theoretical themes in relevant research areas. Students will be expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of archaeological theory relevant to their project work.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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 Partnerships 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. 

Please contact Truro and Penwith College to apply for this course:

Truro and Penwith College
College Road

Tel: +441872267000

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

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.
Plymouth students working on a group project