Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Archaeology

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCARC106 Principles of Field Survey

      This module will cover the development of surveying ideas and techniques, analysing why they were used and what their limitations are. Crucial concepts of modern survey are introduced and linked to the practical exercises, which cover the broad range of surveying techniques that field archaeologists are likely to encounter, including a basic knowledge of theodolites and levels. HER, SMR, other archives, aerial photographs, cartographic information and geophysical surveys, as well as basic mathematical concepts are covered.

    • TCARC118 Excavation, Post-Excavation and Museums

      This module covers broad issues such as how and why excavations are, and have been carried. Particular attention is given to issues of stratigraphy (e.g. context sheets and matrices). It then shows how provision for the long term study and conservation of materials and structures recovered from excavations is built into the excavation design. Finally, The role of museums in communicating the results of such work is investigated.

    • TCARC119 History of Archaeological Debate

      The content of this module includes the history of archaeology to the present, and the interpretation of archaeology, including issues such as nationalism, gender and racism. It also investigates ICT technologies as sources of reliable and appropriate information.

    • TCARC120 Post-Roman to Recent Times: Culture, Science and Statistics

      The periods in Britain from the Late Roman period until the present will be studied, with particular emphasis on the anthropological and economic aspects. As well as the basic chronological outline, recent topics of research will be covered. The scientific and theoretical background will complement the programme of field trips. As well as the basic chronological and environmental outline, recent topics of research will be covered. Also, this module covers an introduction to the use of statistics, spreadsheets and databases.

    • TCARC121 Entrepreneurship and Applied Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have the qualities, skill and innovation needed for employment in their chosen sector. The module will enable students to exercise a sustainable approach to decision making including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • TCARC122 Archaeology and Environment from Prehistory to Roman Times

      Students develop and apply archaeological skills and knowledge from a relevant or appropriate work situation with a placement organisation in their project. They thus develop awareness of learning from experience and planning for their own continued development as independent learners. The Project itself involves the completion of data collection, the synthesis of evidence and the effective presentation of the results. The topic will normally require the collection of primary data.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCARC204 Quaternary and Archaeological Science

      This module will include scientific approaches and techniques for dating and materials analysis, with assessment of scientific reports, field assessment and some theoretical considerations.

    • TCARC207 The Archaeology and Geology of Cornwall

    • TCARC210 Field Techniques and Interpretation

      Students will learn how to plan survey critically and make professional assessments in the field in the light of recent approaches. The module includes practical experience of laser and IT technologies.

    • TCARC211 Professional Project

      Students develop and apply archaeological skills and knowledge from a relevant or appropriate work situation with a placement organisation in their project. They thus develop awareness of learning from experience and planning for their own continued development as independent learners. The Project itself involves the completion of data collection, the synthesis of evidence and the effective presentation of the results. The topic will normally require the collection of primary data.

    • TCARC212 Museum Conservation and Display

      Students study a wide range of techniques and principles, including organisation, conservation, ethics and analysis in presenting objects for display.

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.



Progression routes

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

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

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.

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