Digging Stirling - An Introduction to Archaeology & History of Stirling - Evening

An introduction to archaeological techniques and practices in the context of the history of Stirling.

Stirling sits at the lowest crossing point of the Forth, if you don’t control Stirling you can’t control Scotland. Every major event in Scottish history impacts or is impacted by Stirling.

Learn about our earliest ancestors, Romans and Picts, Vikings and Angles, Kings and Queen, heroes and villains and much, much more!

Explore Scotland’s former capital and understand the best preserved medieval city in Scotland!

This exciting course also includes a live dig.

This course is suitable for applicants aged 16 or over.

This course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings.

  • Introduction to the history of Archaeology
  • Stirling’s Geography and its influence on Scottish History
  • Romans and Celts
  • Wars of Independence
  • Stewarts: From Peak to Trough
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
  • Field trip to Old Town Cemetry (Sunday morning trip – 3 hours)
  • Field Trip Excavation of Stirling Castle Midden (Sunday morning trip 3-4 hours)

  • No formal entry requirements.

Course places are only secured after payment/funding has been arranged.

As per the College Tuition Fees and Refund Policy, tuition fees are non-refundable except under exceptional circumstances. Refunds will only be given if the course is cancelled or significantly altered by the College. Refer to our Tuition Fee and Withdrawal Procedure Information on the College website.

Student Paying Fees

Fees of less than £100 must be paid in full. Payment by instalment is available, provided the course fee is greater than £100. You can access a direct debit form here.

An initial 30% deposit is required in order to secure your place. Instalments can be paid via direct debit over the duration of the course, up to a maximum of a 4-month period. You will not be able to apply online if paying by direct debit, please contact Evening Admissions - eveninginfo@forthvalley.ac.uk.

Employer Paying Fees

If your employer is paying for your tuition fees, an Employer Agreement Form or letter from your employer must be submitted prior to or upon enrolment. You can access the Employer Agreement Form here and this should be returned to Evening Admissions - eveninginfo@forthvalley.ac.uk

Important Information for all non UK nationals

The College has a requirement to complete a residency check on all non-UK nationals for tuition fee purposes. When you book and pay for your course online, please be aware that you will be contacted by a member of our Student Administration team and asked to provide documents i.e. a copy of your passport; proof of your settlement status and EU share code.

Following assessment of evidence, if you do not meet the criteria for ‘home fee status’, you will contacted and advised of any additional fee required.

If you require further information please contact residency@forthvalley.ac.uk

EU Nationals

If you are currently living in the UK then you should have already applied for the EU Settlement Scheme which will allow you to continue living in the UK. 

From 1st January 2021, if you are a national of a country outwith the UK it is most likely you will need a visa to study in the UK.  You can check if you require a visa by visiting the UK Government’s website here.  If you require a student visa, further information can be obtained at the following link.

For the latest information about EU nationals studying in the EU, you should visit the UK Government’s website.


Stirling Campus





Start date

14 May 2024

End date

18 June 2024

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