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Archaeology AS and A Level at York College

Course description

Would you like lots of transferrable skills for your next step, whether that's university or employment? Got an interest in the past? Then archaeology is the course for you! 

This subject bridges humanities and sciences with elements of scientific study and a concern for people and society. We examine material remains to learn what people were doing in the past and to try to answer some big questions such as what ancient cultures did when faced with the prospect of death.

The AQA specification examines many themes, including social organisation, belief systems, art, technology, settlement, and the economy of past societies. Students will also be expected to examine debates in archaeology, for example, should human remains be displayed in museums and who should pay for archaeology?

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). You should ideally have at least a grade B in GCSE English (grade 5) or History and at least a grade C (grade 4) in Maths.


We follow the AQA specification, with end-of-unit exams. There is no coursework in the first year. The A Level individual investigation is completed in the summer following the first year.

Financial information

Students should be aware that there is no practical excavation element to this course. However, there will be museum and site visits arranged for which a small charge may be payable.

Future opportunities

A degree in this subject would be advantageous if you are interested in working as a professional archaeologist, in museums or in the leisure, tourism or heritage industry. Past students have progressed to study history, archaeology and other humanities subjects as well as English and other arts subjects. The skills you will develop during this course would be useful for a number of professions.

Further information

Archaeology works well with any of the humanities subjects, Geography, Geology and other science A Levels.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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