This course helped me confirm what I wanted to do in life. I could not have had a better undergraduate experience at any other university.


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Our Canterbury Campus is in a World Heritage site. It makes an excellent place to study Archaeology.

You will participate in funded fieldwork placements, where you gain practical skills from professional archaeologists and experienced volunteers.

Our expert staff will support and inspire you in your academic journey as we explore the past, from the earliest human origins through to the present day. Archaeology is a rich and diverse discipline where you can study topics such as laboratory techniques, landscapes and environment, and art and material culture.

Why Study Archaeology with Foundation Year?

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Whether you are a school leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year is the stepping stone to starting a degree.

Archaeology is a fascinating and varied subject that draws upon the humanities, natural and social sciences, and the arts.

Our course will help you to consolidate a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers across a number of sectors, including heritage, education, environmental policy and planning, tourism, conservation, museums, and media.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year is designed to help you develop self-confidence, knowledge and skills in a highly supportive environment, so you are prepared to study at degree level. 

You'll learn about arts and humanities and will begin to understand research methods and skills that are needed as you enter Year 1.



Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You'll learn through a combination of academic and practical activities on and off campus. Some modules are centred around lectures, seminars and workshops (usually held weekly and of two hour duration), while the majority of practical teaching is in the laboratory and field, where you can spend up to eight weeks learning archaeological techniques.

You'll have one-to-one contact time with staff during your studies and for some modules, such as the optional third year dissertation, there will be small group tutorials and one-to-one supervision.

You will typically have around 12-14 contact hours per week, in addition to one-to-one sessions and day field trips.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-guided study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, local museums and heritage sites, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops, and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For your Individual Study in Year 3, you will undertake independent research alongside workshops and one-to-one supervision from a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours per week during semester time. In addition, you will undertake 13-15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In some weeks there will be field trips, and the fieldwork placement typically takes place five days a week (full-time) over the course of a month during the summer.

The team consists of highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience. Our staff are research-active and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. 

Our team members hold doctoral, teaching and professional qualifications.The majority of staff hold Higher Education Academy professional teaching qualifications and/or membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Postgraduate students and invited guest lecturers sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, our permanent course team deliver the vast majority of teaching.

You should note members of the teaching team might change.

I've taught at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2012. I love the opportunities that come through working in a World Heritage Site. I specialise in early medieval archaeology and particularly enjoy teaching fieldwork techniques and research methods.

Dr Andy SeamanProgramme Director, Archaeology

How you’ll be assessed

Our modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments (such as essays and reports), practical exercises (such as laboratory reports and assessed work in the field), with less emphasis on exams. Support and guidance for assessments is provided throughout the course.

The balance of assessment depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

50% Coursework
45% Practical assessments
5% Exams

Your future career

A degree in archaeology provides training in creative and critical thinking, analysis of complex datasets, and research and communication. The study and practice of archaeology also rely on excellent teamwork, management, and problem-solving skills. This opens many opportunities for employment and further study.

Our graduates have successfully gained employment in a range of professions, including commercial archaeology, local government, museums, and industry. Recent graduates have worked for Wessex Archaeology, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Historic England, and the National Trust. The degree can also lead onto postgraduate study of archaeology or a related discipline such as history, geography, museum studies, or anthropology. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications in specialist fields such as osteoarchaeology, heritage studies, and urban planning.

Since graduating I have started a Masters in Tourism and Events Management. I hope to work within the heritage sector organising community events and outreach activities. The Archaeology Team 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 I could reach my full potential.

BethClass of 2019


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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