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Archaeology A Level at Strode College

Course description

Archaeology is the study of humans from 2.6 million years ago to the present day through the material remains they left behind. It is studied via artefacts, landscapes, environmental evidence, buildings, burials and science.

You will learn about the methods and techniques used by archaeologists to find, record and interpret sites and artefacts; you will gain an understanding of the importance and significance of monuments; you will learn about past cultures, appreciate more fully landscapes shaped by human activity and develop skills in research and analysis.

Typical areas of study include: the archaeology of religion and ritual in prehistoric Europe, world archaeology, archaeological skills, methods and investigation.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to go on field trips to sites and monuments of archaeological and historical interest, in the UK and abroad. Recent study trips abroad include Dublin, Ireland; Pompeii, Italy; and a grand tour of Iceland. You will undertake practical sessions and fieldwork activities, where you will work with professional and specialist archaeologists; explore documentaries and media on archaeological topics; analyse and discuss key archaeological themes and controversial theories.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent, including English Language. Grade C or above in Science is also recommended.


The course will be assessed by written exams and coursework on a topic of your choice.

Future opportunities

Archaeology is an excellent foundation to numerous university degrees, in particular humanities and science degrees. Previous students have progressed to Archaeology degrees at the universities of Cardiff, York, Exeter and Bristol. You can also study a degree or foundation degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology at Strode College, in partnership with Plymouth University.

Archaeology graduates enter a wide range of professions, including professional archaeology, the heritage industry, museums, cultural resource management, local planning authorities, education, the media industry, the armed forces and law. Archaeology has many transferable skills that are useful in an international setting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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