History of Shetland in 100 Sites (Part 1) NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

The evening classes will look sequentially at the major societal developments from the Mesolithic (hunter gatherer society) to twentieth century conflict (World Wars I and II and the Cold War). The field visits will look at groups of sites in different parts of the archipelago, mainly on Mainland Shetland but with one trip to the North Isles. No qualifications or previous experience of archaeology is required, but students will need a reasonable level of written English ability to successfully complete the modules’ assignments. The course would suit those with a general interest in Shetland’s past or those wishing to pursue a career in tour guiding or in museums / heritage centres. It is anticipated that students could do either module on its own.

Entry requirements

Applicants may be invited to interview.

There are no formal qualifications required.

Part 1

  1. Shetland before humans and Mesolithic colonization.
  2. Neolithic Farming landscape.
  3. Neolithic funerary and ritual use.
  4. Shetland during the Bronze Age.
  5. Iron Age Shetland.
  6. Shetland as part of the Pictish Periphery.
  7. Viking Shetland.
  8. Medieval / Norse Shetland.
  9. Early Modern Shetland.
  10. Shetland in the era of Global Conflict.


Part 1 would require home broadband access and ICT equipment to support VC participation.

How will I study my course?

  • Evening
  • Online

Part 1 comprises 10 evening classes taught through the medium of video conference (VC) supported by additional virtual learning environment (VLE) materials. Classes will be tutor led seminars supported by slides with interactive discussion.

How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

The full course comprises two modules, a classroom based unit of 10 evening classes and intended to be delivered by VC, and a field element of 8 trips out to see the landscapes and monuments of Shetland.

How will I be assessed?

    On completion of Part 1, the student should have:

    1. A good general knowledge of Shetland’s archaeological monuments.
    2. An understanding of Shetland’s place in European prehistory / history.
    3. An appreciation of the inter-relationship between environmental change, technological development and social evolution.

    Assessment by multiple choice test.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    26th January


    • £56

    Additional costs

    Part 1 will require a good standard of home broad band access and IT equipment equipped with camera and microphone.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    The course would support careers in the tourism sector.

    Is there more information available online?

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    The two modules are a chance to explore Shetlands fabulous history, first come the comfort of your own homes and after Easter, when the rain warms up, out in the glorious Shetland landscape.

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