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Archaeology AS & A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

You will learn about the archaeology of religion and culture as well as studying the methods used by archaeologists when conducting their work.

Course content

Unit 1 

The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual: focuses on the belief systems and activities relating to beliefs including ideas about the ‘afterlife’, funeral rituals, use of locations and symbols. This content will be studied through a particular culture such as Prehistoric Europe or Ancient Egypt.

Unit 2 

Archaeological Skills and Methods: focuses on how archaeologists conduct their work including aerial photography, surveying, excavation, how sites are dated and interpreted.

A2 course:

Unit 3

World Archaeology: examines some of the key issues and controversies such as how people have adapted to their environments, how people have exercised power over others.

Unit 4

Archaeological Investigation: a personal study based on fieldwork and personal research of an archaeological topic.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Science at grade C or above is preferred. You should also have an interest in archaeology although background knowledge is not essential. GCSE Average 5.2 or above.


100% exams at AS but 40% coursework at A2

Future opportunities

You could choose to move onto an archaeology degree or an associated subject such as classical civilisations. However, the subject is also a good subject to support degrees or employment relating to history, geography and geology.

Further information

You will be able to visit archaeology sites to see how the theory of archaeology can be applied and you will have access to university departments to develop your understanding of the subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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