A-Level Archaeology

Course Information

  • Course Code: 5011
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

A-Level Archaeology is the study of past human societies from the investigation of material remains, and often provides the only source of information about aspects of our development. As an archaeology student, you will study the techniques of modern archaeological research, religion and rituals, practical archaeology including site investigation and excavation, and contemporary issues in world archaeology.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study an introduction to the subject through the study of 'The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual'. Students will focus on belief systems and activities related to those belief systems, mortuary practices, funerary monuments, personal or group activities, links to symbolism and art and the locations of these practices such as lakes, peat bogs, rivers, caves and temple henges. Students will also study specific archaeological sites from the prehistoric period, ancient Egypt and Roman Europe.

During the second year, students are introduced to a range of themes and controversies in world archaeology (People and society in the past; Sites and people in the landscape or economics and material culture) and also 'contemporary issues in world archaeology. During this year you will also undertake an independent archaeological investigation in the format of personal study.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Archaeology you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs) 

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by coursework and written exam.

What can I do next?

Archaeologists work in various settings, including local councils, national agencies, museums, teaching institutions, commercial archaeology companies, national parks, the environment agency, highway agencies, engineering companies, forensics, geophysics, surveying, cultural heritage management, and some professional archaeologists do still work in the area of undertaking fieldwork.

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  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
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As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
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  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
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