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Archaeology GCSE at Firth Park Academy

Course content

Archaeological Skills and Techniques

- Methods of excavation

- Dating

- Site detection

Archaeology of the British Isles - Pre-History to

Post Medieval


You will use a number of topic books and resource sheets. Individual as well as group work is undertaken and the use of television programmes is used to help understand some of the topics. Archaeology also includes some site visits.

Entry requirements

You need a inquisitive mind. Archaeology is the study of past human societies an looks at how people and their environment have changed from far back in Pre-History to the recent past, and how society has developed into what it is today. You need to be able to evaluate all different types of evidence including physical structures, maps, artefacts and documents. You must be willing to work in your own time.


There are two examination papers at the end of the course.

These are worth 75% of the final mark.

a) Paper 1: Archaeological Skills and Techniques - 35%

b) Paper 2: Archaeology of the British Isles - 40%

You will have to complete two pieces of coursework at the end of Year 10 and the beginning of Year 11.

a) Artefact recognition 15%

b) A site study 10%

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2016

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