Course at a glance


This diploma is designed to show you aspects of past history is by looking at available literature and archaeology. The course covers what archaeology is (‘the study of ancient things’), what methods it uses, how it is conducted and how evidence is analysed. The course explores the archaeology and history of Britain from the Late Iron Age Period to the fourth century AD when traditionally the Romans came and left Britain. The course will also help build research, develop questioning skills and analytical skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to explore the background and history of the island of Britain.
  • You will review techniques used in archaeology such as how to locate sites, aerial photography, surveys, field walking and sampling.
  • Gain knowledge in the Excavating Roman Britain
  • Learn about the Trade, Exchange and communication in Roman Britain.

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by CIE Global, a leading Awarding Body.

Assessment Objectives (AO)

AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.

AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. Students can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course remembering Confidentiality and Data Protection.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Course Content

The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 1: Iron Age Britain

In this unit, the history of the island of Britain in the Late Iron Age before and after the invasions of Caesar in the 50s BC. It begins with an introduction to the discipline of Archaeology which began in the late 19th century (although people even Kings have been digging up sites for much longer), and links to how literary sources are used in the study of Roman Britain.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 2: The conquest of Roman Britain AD 43-117

The unit explores techniques used in archaeology such as how to locate sites, aerial photography, surveys, field walking and sampling. Initially sites were mainly based in cities, but later many rural sites were excavated, often found when building or construction work located them. Using literary and archaeological evidence derived from forts it is possible to trace the progress of the Roman army across Britain as well as resistance to the Romans by leaders such as Caratacus and Boudicca.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 3: Excavating Roman Britain AD 117-221

The unit helps the student to explore excavation processes is discussed in terms of how and why it is carried out since it is an expensive and destructive process. In the past land was simply dug, rather than being carefully excavated, as the usefulness of the discoveries became known, then the techniques were refined and carried out methodologically and judiciously. Layers or ‘strata’ provide a timeline of history and the rules of stratigraphy are essential for successful excavations since they provide an order of the finds. Throughout the course, historical overview of Roman Britain is continued, and in this section up to AD211 examining the reigns of Hadrian through to Septimius Severus.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 4: Government of Roman Britain

This unit helps the student to compile evidence of key influences of the Romans was the way they brought construction, organisational systems, new methods of planning, governance, finance and structure, e.g. extensive road systems in towns and villages. Thus, how the Romans managed to govern the island of Britain through its offices such as the Governors and Procurators; Client rulers as well as taxation and security measures taken to ensure that the province was run effectively is explored.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 5: The Roman Army in Britain

In this unit you will be exploring its role, its organisation as well as some of the military installations and the role in maintaining the Emperor as an Autocrat with power, prestige and position. Throughout the occupation of Britain, the Roman army changed in its role and structure in order to meet the challenges it faced.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 6: Rural Roman Britain – post-excavation analysis

How we prepare Roman villas owned by the very rich and influential with most of excavations having been carried out on them, and yet very few people inhabited such structures. A case study of villas is, therefore, shown here. The majority of people in Roman Britain lived in village homesteads. You will examine how archaeologists scientifically examine excavated materials once they have been retrieved, and post-excavation analyses as well as techniques used to examine organic material such as bone or animal and human remains.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 7: Dating and Urban centres in Roman Britain

Within this unit you will review various kinds of settlement established by the Romans and will explore the reasons behind establishing these settlements. The methods used by Rome to ‘Romanise’ Britain is explored, e.g. by building an extensive road system, trade was attracted to the towns and villagers could get a better income.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 8: Trade, Exchange and communication in Roman Britain

Here you will examine how The Roman army was involved in extending and expanding the number and types of products from gold, corn, cattle and iron to greater range of metals including silver and lead, semi-precious stones, salt, stone and ceramics. Coal was relatively unknown to the Romans so the introduction of this material was valuable to them.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 9: Understanding Religion and Ritual in Roman Britain

This module is looking at the key concepts in anthropology and sociology to explore and explain the beliefs, rituals and religion by exploring the religious and ritual sites (e.g. towers, sacrificial slabs, altars, temples with finds of religious vessels and instruments) of Britain during the Roman period. You will also examine how religion is particularly valuable in the study of archaeology as it enables us to try to understand how people thought, were like and behaved in the past.

Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma Unit 10: The end of Roman Britain? Interpreting Archaeology

In this final unit what caused the end of the Roman occupation of Britain and elsewhere, who else invaded the Island (the Gaul and Saxons as well as local invasions from the north of UK) and how this influenced the changes to the economy and the way the country was administered and consider how archaeological evidence is presented to the public and why interpretations of this evidence can change as accurate techniques formed.


This Accredited Level 3 Archaeology- Roman Britain Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.