What our Students Say

Our archaeology programmes attract local, national, and international students who graduate with extremely wide-ranging transferable skills. 

The range of skills our students leave CCCU with is reflected in their diverse career and further study paths, such as:

  • English Heritage and The National Trust
  • Commercial archaeology (including Canterbury Archaeological Trust, York Archaeological Trust, and Wessex Archaeology)
  • Postgraduate study (including in cultural heritage, forensic anthropology, osteoarchaeology, and maritime archaeology)
  • Local government
  • Teaching in the UK and abroad

Our students tell us how we're doing and we keep in touch with many of our graduates. Here are some of their stories and experiences:

"I graduated with a degree in Archaeology and I am now continuing on to do my Master's in Tourism and Events Management. I hope to work within the heritage sector to provide events and outreach to the community. The Archaeology Programme helped me to discover which career path I wanted to take, and their ongoing support helped me to expand my skill-set and knowledge within the archaeological sector. They also provided great pastoral care and ensured every student could reach their full potential during their time at CCCU."

Beth, graduated 2019

“Having started my career at 16 I always wondered about my academic abilities and finding that I was lost and had no real sense of direction after my retirement from law enforcement, I decided to find out.

I have always been interested in history and geography and decided to undertake a single honours degree in Archaeology. I primarily chose CCCU because of its location in relation to my home, but I have to say that the support and positivity of the lecturers I met at an open day, as well as the intimate feel of the campus, were also big factors. I was not disappointed.

We were a small Programme and cohort of students, but throughout, despite being a 'commuting, mature student,' I always felt fully supported by staff and my fellow students. What made the whole experience particularly rewarding was being accepted as a peer within an inclusive learning environment.

The course had a good variety of module choices that progressively pushed my critical thinking and academic writing forward without being intimidating or overwhelming. Like most students I likely underused the tutorial support, despite it always being fully available and positively encouraged.

Having successfully obtained my degree I felt that I had the grounding, confidence and on-going support from my lecturers to apply for a commercial archaeology role. I am now in my third month, working on a major infrastructure project and doing archaeology daily. It has been a steep learning curve, but it is great to be focused again and starting out on a second career.”

Ron, graduated 2020

"The course is interesting and intellectually stimulating. Having never studied archaeology or prehistory before, I have found the teaching to be brilliant and the subjects cool to learn about.”

“The course is well coordinated.”

“The teaching has been excellent, it is always very clear with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.”

“The volume of material covered effectively by tutors is impressive and inspiring.”

“I have found the lecturers easy to contact for guidance and my work has improved as a result of the useful feedback.”

“Help from tutors has allowed me to progress and given me confidence”


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