Archaeology A Level

Sixth Form

Date (from)


Awarding body


Full Time - September 2017



Course introduction

Do you have an inquisitive mind and a talent for investigation? Do you like the arts and the sciences? Do you want to find out how our ancestor’s lived?

If you do, then you could achieve academic success and personal satisfaction by studying on this course.

Archaeology is an exciting and rewarding subject, which calls upon academic, logical and practical skills.  It combines elements of humanities, earth science, social science and pure science.

From the outset you will learn scientific and analytical techniques aimed at identifying and dating evidence of past human activity. You will also explore the psychological, sociological, functional and ritual significance of archaeological finds.

Why choose Brock for Archaeology A Level?

At Brock we have excellent links with local universities and lots of opportunities to visit them and use their resources.

All Archaeology teaching staff have considerable experience in the field, both in the UK and internationally, which means they have a lot of detailed knowledge to pass on.

We are also fortunate to be near many sites of archaeological significance. For example, the New Forest has a rich Bronze Age history, while the city of Southampton stems from the Roman period.

Teaching & learning

This course is mainly classroom based. However, where possible you will get out and handle archaeological material including faunal remains, Roman pottery and stone tools.

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to enable you to answer structured questions, essay questions and questions related to applied data.

Lessons will comprise of Powerpoint presentations, individual work, group discussions, notetaking, and the interpretation of source material such as maps and photographs.

Importantly, you will have opportunities to participate in fieldtrips to places of archaeological significance like Stonehenge, for example.

Course structure

  • Explore archaeology in relation to religion and ritual.
  • Learn a range of archaeological skills and methods to help you interpret discoveries and work effectively in the field.
  • Develop your knowledge of world archaeology to give you an international outlook on the subject.
  • Investigate an archaeological topic of your choice and produce a comprehensive piece of coursework.
  • Recognise how the preservation of important sites, and aspects of planning law and tourism make archaeology important in society.
  • Undertake a subject that encompasses skills and knowledge related to the sciences and the humanities.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • Including maths grade C (4)
  • English language grade C (4)
  • Science grade C (4)

What can I do with this qualification?

Archaeology equips you with skills that can lead to a wide variety of jobs.  Due to its scientific nature it is ideal for practical applications of Chemistry and Physics, as well as Forensics.

It is also a useful qualification for careers in travel and tourism, leisure services, and museum and library settings. Finally, this course can facilitate your route into university where you may choose to study Archaeology or another subject.

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