Archaeology and Ancient History


Distance learning is a flexible and completely equivalent way of studying and getting academic qualifications in archaeology and ancient history. Our BA (Bachelor of Arts) courses are undergraduate courses, suitable for you if you would like to study for a recognised university qualification but do not have formal qualifications or previous experience of higher education.

If you know from the outset that you can't or don't want to commit to a full BA, you can apply for level 1 (Certificate) or levels 1 and 2 (Diploma) only. Similarly, if for any reason you are unable to complete the full BA programme, you can opt to leave at the end of each level. Successful completion of level 1 entitles you to a Certificate (CertHE) and successful completion of levels 1 and 2 entitles you to a Diploma (DipHE). If you don’t want to register for a qualification at all, that's fine – the modules are also available as stand-alone modules for interest only.

Our undergraduate distance learning courses also provides an alternative route onto our campus degrees. If you pass level 1, you can transfer on to campus study for your second year.

Archaeology Field Schools at Leicester

Distance learning student Pete explains why he chose Leicester.

Available courses

Archaeology BA (also available as DipHE, CertHE)
1-6 years, by distance learning
Can't make it to campus? In this distance learning degree, you can still learn about the theory and practice of archaeology, and how it can be used to make sense of millions of years of human history.

Archaeology short course (single modules)
4-8 months, by distance learning
These distance learning short courses allow you to learn about the theory and practice of archaeology, and how it can be used to make sense of millions of years of human history.

Ancient History and Classical Archaeology BA (also available as DipHE or CertHE)
1-6 years, by distance learning
When it comes to understanding the past, two disciplines are often better than one. In this degree, you'll study the ancient and classical worlds through both textual and material remains, with the added flexibility of working from home.

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