Heritage BA

London, Stratford (UCL East)

UCL’s new BA Heritage degree will offer students access to excellent facilities (including curation and exhibition space), outstanding teaching and the skills and knowledge required to pursue a successful career in the heritage sector and beyond. We believe that in-depth studies in this area provide the building blocks for a better world. Our students will be at the forefront of building a brighter future by learning from the past, looking at subjects such as climate change, sustainability, migration and social inequality in greater depth.

We will encourage you to think beyond the news headlines and to develop key critical thinking skills, research capabilities and other transferrable assets that will be highly sought-after by employers.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

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No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction, 12 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass, all from Level 3 units.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades ABB.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

UCL is proud to offer this brand new degree that will help you understand the core theories, methods and practical skills you will need to become a student of heritage. During the course, you will explore heritage in all its forms with a view to building a brighter future by learning from the past. You will cover natural, cultural, tangible, intangible and personal aspects of the subject and how the latest thinking in these areas relate to each other and to the wider world. This wider approach will enable you to tailor your studies to match your personal areas of interest.

Furthermore, our excellent facilities and talented course leaders will give you the tools you need to establish a thriving career in the heritage arena. You will develop transferrable skills and develop your critical thinking with our future-focused syllabus with a strong emphasis on the diversity of heritage and how different communities engage with it. You will gain hands-on experience through the completion of a placement with a heritage organisation or collection, including partners such as the National Trust and V&A. At the end of the course, you will have gained a deeper understanding into such vital issues as climate change, sustainability, conflict, migration and social inequality. All vital components of a successful employment path within and outside the field of heritage.

What this course will give you

When you join us at UCL to study for our BA Heritage degree, you will become part of a top-class institution, currently ranked third in the world for archaeology in the QS World Rankings and second in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper’s University Guide 2022 League Table with a score of 91.2 out of 100. We offer an inclusive, diverse working environment at all levels of study.

Our BA Heritage degree programme will have an engaging, exciting variety of modules to choose from so that you can build your course to match your specific areas of interest and career aspirations. From Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography to the History of Art and studying with the UCL Institute of Americas, you will cover a wide range of engaging topics in a theoretical and practical manner.

We will also offer additional modules that can be subject to change each year, including Public Archaeology, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Geography, Culture and Materiality, Environment and Society. These are aimed at deepening your knowledge and widening your experience to increase your employability and enrich your time at UCL.

Every BA Heritage degree course student will also complete a compulsory placement during the final term of their second year. This works out at around 90 hours of work across four weeks and will help put classroom-based learnings into real-life context.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Heritage.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

The BA Heritage degree will train you in the latest core theories, methods and practical skills needed to work in the global heritage sector. You will cover natural, cultural, tangible, intangible and personal aspects of heritage and how these all relate to each other and to the wider world. Learning will take place in the classroom, in real-world work placements and via our well-appointed curation and exhibition spaces and other facilities.

Drawing on a range of richly diverse approaches from such sectors as Archaeology, Anthropology, History, History of Art and Geography, our new BA Heritage degree course will give student the tools they need to develop essential critical thinking, research capabilities and other transferrable skills. Strong emphasis will be placed on diversity within the heritage sector and how different communities engage with differing aspects and approaches.

You will learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to pressing global issues, including climate change, sustainability, conflict, social inequality and migration. You will gain valuable insights that will help you secure and progress quickly in a rewarding career within the heritage sector or beyond. You will graduate with a strong sense of justice, new insights into major global issues and an enviable, transferrable skillset.

BA Heritage degree students will be based at UCL’s state-of-the art School for Creative and Cultural Industries, located in a lively and diverse part of East London. You will have unique access to our cutting-edge facilities for hands-on training in vital heritage sector skills. These include object-based research, staging and developing exhibitions, curating and caring for museum collections, natural and cultural conservation techniques, digital heritage capture and working directly with communities.

Your first year will be entirely based at our East London campus to give you the chance to gain a strong foundational knowledge of the subject and understand how to understand, practise and draw on your heritage studies in a number of ways.

In your second and third year, you will take on up to three optional modules that could see you working at our attractive Bloomsbury campus. Here, we offer you even more opportunities to engage with peers and staff and access to specialist facilities and learning resources. Additional subjects and options for your second and third years will cover a wide range of topics, that will help you understand and apply critical thinking, such as colonialism, race, gender, sexuality, environmentalism, conflict and health.

While our BA Heritage degree will be hosted by our globally acclaimed Institute of Archaeology, you will receive valuable input and training from other social sciences departments across UCL, including our esteemed Departments of Anthropology and Geography. You will also have the opportunity to work with UCL’s History of Art department and Institute of Americas. At the end of your second year, you will undertake a placement with one of a range of external organisations.

This ‘real-world’ experience will provide you with vital work experience, as well as networking opportunities within the heritage, creative, education, charity and public sectors. You will learn valuable organisational, time-management and project management skills and apply your university studies to real-time employment contexts.

Finally, your degree will conclude with the submission of your dissertation, written around a heritage topic of your choice. We will help you make the most out of your research and practical learning opportunities and guide you in your choice of research ideas to enable you to produce original work that reflects your individual skillsets, depth of knowledge, areas of interest and career aspirations.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.

During the third term of the second year, students will undertake a compulsory placement (total of 90 hours’ work across four weeks). This placement will be with an approved organisation and will give students the opportunity to apply their learning to workplace contexts, as well as building networks beyond the university.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods, developing and applying various skills that partly replicate tasks undertaken in the workplace and build your critical thinking and presentational skills. In the first year, take-home examinations aim to replicate the kinds of written tasks and timeframes as encountered in the workplace, including in heritage institutions, and allow you to synthesise your knowledge developed across modules in the first year. These exams will also prepare you for those optional modules taken across departments that have exams as part of their assessments. Assessments in Year 1 include a number of written assignments, in order to develop your academic writing skills. With options in cognate departments offering largely essay-based assessments, Year 1 will prepare you to learn to write critically within a chosen discipline in your options. Your Year 2 and 3 Heritage-specific modules progress to more multi-modal and report-based assessments over the following two years, including creating exhibitions, posters, practical lab books, short films and podcasts, and project-based work. These assessments will build your various practical skills, as well as encouraging creativity and innovation in addressing various topics.


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The foundation of your career


Our BA Heritage degree will offer students the best of both worlds, with in-depth studies, excellent facilities and a formal work placement that puts learnings into real-world context and hones vital employability skills. This dual approach will help students learn how to work collaboratively and effectively within teams, as well as work independently to carry out research and complete the final dissertation. As a result, students will develop strong research and analytical skills and valuable insights into and appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through academic and practical experience.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2023/24 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

There may be some minor travel costs to and from field trips and placements (based in and around London).

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.