Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Archaeology

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and 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.
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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

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

      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.

    • Entrepreneurship and Applied Practice (TCARC121)

      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.

    • Archaeology and Environment from Prehistory to Roman Times (TCARC122)

      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.

    Optional modules

    • An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain (TCPH127)

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Principles of Field Survey (TCARC106)

      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.

    • Excavation, Post-Excavation and Museums (TCARC118)

      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.

    • History of Archaeological Debate (TCARC119)

      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.

  • Year 3

  • Core modules

    • The Archaeology and Geology of Cornwall (TCARC207)

    • Field Techniques and Interpretation (TCARC210)

      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.

    • Museum Conservation and Display (TCARC212)

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

    Optional modules

    • Collections and Curatorship: Material Culture and the Heritage Sector (TRUR2195)

      This module examines the role of museums within the cultural heritage sector. The history of collecting since ancient times will be considered before exploring the development of professional standards for museum curatorship today. Theoretical debates focusing on representing the past in exhibitions will be discussed. A work placement will also be completed, leading to a critical reflection on a collection/ exhibition.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Quaternary and Archaeological Science (TCARC204)

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

    • Professional Project (TCARC214)

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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

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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

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