Truro and Penwith College

FdA History, Heritage and 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.

For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCPH115 The Making of Britain, 1348-1707

      This module is an introduction to the history of Britain, and to the skills and concepts required for the study of history. It is focused on concepts of continuity and change. The outline lectures are supported by seminars in which students are introduced to the range of documents used as evidence, and the skills required, and by practical workshops in which they are introduced to a variety of investigative techniques and key skills (see vocational modules).

    • TCPH121 The History and Literature of Cornish Mining: A Study of it's Impact on the Construction of a Distinct Cultural Identity

    • TCPH125 What Is History?

      What is History? ¿ provides an overview of how the discipline of history operates, and looks at some of the key skills associated with the subject

    • TCPH127 An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain

    Optional modules
    • TCPH116 Uncovering our Heritage: Theory and Practice in Archaeology

      This module is divided into three elements, which progressively provide students with an outline to the practice of Archaeology and the relationship between Archaeology and History. A close study of Archaeological sites in Cornwall will demonstrate the diverse nature of archaeological practice that encompasses prehistory, medieval, early modern and industrial periods.

    • TCPH123 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.

    • TCPH124 Archaeology and Environment from Prehistory to Roman Times

      Human ecology and society in Britain from prehistory till the Romano-British period will be studied, in context with the relevant world archaeology. Interpreting the evidence of fossil landscapes and archaeological evidence is the focus of the module with a programme of field trips, reinforcing the science and theory.

    • TCPH126 The English Crown and its Celtic Neighbours, 871-1327

      This module is aimed to give a foundation to studying the history of England and is designed to encourage students to critically reflect on their progress as an historian and how this relates to employment opportunities. Seminars will introduce a range of documents and the experience of participating in an exhibition can be gained, alongside the opportunity of presenting findings of research to a potential employers.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCPH218 Parliaments and Peoples, 1603-1707

      The seventeenth century witnessed the establishment of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom, through two revolutions and a series of civil wars. Students will be able to study these events in depth, using contemporary sources, to investigate their causes and assess the nature of the outcomes. Their significance within a century of political evolution is evaluated by addressing three themes: the development of parliamentary monarchy, the development of political theory, and the role of the masses.

    • TCPH219 Conflict Resolution: A History of International Relations in the wake of war

      This module will examine international diplomacy from 1648 to 1995 with a focus upon peace agreements and will assess how successful such treaties were at avoiding repeat conflicts. The course will proceed by means of comparative case studies with the bulk of attention upon the C20th when the avoidance of further conflict was an avowed aim of peace treaties. Earlier agreements such as Westphalia (1648) and Vienna (1815) will provide comparisons with the efforts of Versailles, Yalta/Potsdam and Dayton (1995).

    • TCPH220 Issues and Ethics in the Public Presentation of the past; Heritage in the Post-modern

      This module focuses on heritage as a political tool through which the past can be manipulated to serve particular interests. It will examine how heritage can be politicised, the link between heritage and the modern nation state and the creation of `heritage¿ to foster a sense of continuity with a `mythical¿ past. Attempts to hijack History for grand political events such as those in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland will be investigated, as will the ways in which the media portrays the past with case studies of film and television.

    • TCPH221 Industry and Society in Britain 1750-1900

      This module examines the impact of industrialisation upon British Society and economy. The historiographical debates that surround the `Industrial Revolution' will be addressed and engaged.

    Optional modules
    • TCPH222 Final Major Project

      This module will require students to apply the historical skills acquired on the previous modules to address a question of historical significance. Students will choose the topic area and will frame the question in consultation with their lecturer. They will practice research skills and apply analysis.

    • TCPH223 Research Methods

      This module engages with the key skills of the historian investigation of primary source material. Case studies produced are placed within the wider context for comparative purposes.

    • TCPH224 Professional Report

      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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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

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.

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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. 

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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