Strode College

FdA History, Heritage and Archaeology

Consistently beating the national average with our results, you’ll also enjoy the newest technology and specialist equipment in your studies at Strode. We’ve invested over £12 million in our facilities, after all. Our partnership with the University of Plymouth commenced in 2006.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • The Theory and Method of History (SHHA101)

      This module introduces modes of explanation in history and the nature of historical evidence. These themes are explored through several British and non- British case studies spanning over a thousand years of history.

    • Archaeological Survey and Excavation (SHHA102)

      This module reveals how and why archaeologists discover sites and gather archaeological information and material. Practical elements such as field walking and excavation are included when opportunities arise.

    • Heritage and the Heritage Industry (SHHA103)

      This module explores the theory of heritage, past and present. Modern practices are explored and the module includes a detailed examination of a contemporary heritage centre.

    • Prehistoric Wessex (SHHA104)

      From the earliest hominids to the early medieval period, this module places Wessex in the wider context of the prehistory of western Europe. Opportunities to visit key local sites will be incorporated in the programme.

    • Rebellion and Reformation: English History from c.1450 to 1603 (SHHA106)

      This is a study of the social and political upheavals of early modern England. Short lectures combine with seminars to promote in the exploration of change and continuity across time. Students analytical skills are developed through the study of a wide range of sources.

    • Professional Practice (SHHA109B)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • The Analysis, Interpretation and Conservation of Archaeological Evidence (SHHA204)

      This module provides an introduction to artefact analysis, conservation techniques, curation of archaeological material culture and archaeological report writing.

    • Personal Investigation (SHHA205)

      The Personal Investigation is a project based around each student's areas of particular interest. In many cases it will build on the experience of the work placement module or the work-place for those already employed within the sector.

    • Ethno-Archaeology & Experimental Archaeology (SHHA207)

      This module explores the ways in which archaeologists endeavour to reconstruct, understand and explain the past. It focuses in particular on archaeological experimentation and ethno-archaeological methods.

    • Historical Reputations (SHHA208)

    • Historical Interpretations (SHHA209)

    • Historical Identities (SHHA210)

      This thematic module explores the impact of one or more identified groups in their own region and/or elsewhere. It covers elements such as society, politics, economics, culture, belief systems, ideas and physical environments. Lectures and seminars will promote the exploration of change and continuity of the impact of this group(s). Analytical skills are developed through the study of sources, theory and interpretations. 

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. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Strode 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 Strode College to apply for this course:

Strode College
Church Road 
BA16 0AB

Tel: +441458844400

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 Strode College

Want to be part of a modern and thriving campus? Located in Street, central Somerset, we’ve specifically developed our foundation degree courses with support and advice from a wide range of local employers.
Plymouth students working on a group project