By studying A-level Archaeology, you are studying past human societies by investigating material remains. By choosing to study A-Level Archaeology, you will not only develop knowledge of approaches to modern research in archaeology. You will also develop knowledge in a variety of other subjects, including art, geography, technology, science, history and religious studies.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level Archaeology is by exam.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- AQA AS-Level Archaeology
The first unit, The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual will allow you to develop key knowledge of archaeology. You will focus on belief systems and activities related to beliefs, such as preparations for journeying to an afterlife. You will also focus on symbolic expression, such as art, relating to beliefs and rituals. This unit covers prehistoric Europe, Ancient Egypt and Roman Europe and you will focus on two of these periods in the exams. In the second unit, Archaeological Skills and Methods you will develop knowledge of site investigations, including discovery, recording, excavation, dating and interpretation.
The A2 Archaeology is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Archaeology. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Archaeology with the AS-Level Archaeology makes up the A-Level Archaeology. The A2-Level Archaeology will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Archaeology.
- AQA A2-Level Archaeology
In the first A2 unit, World Archaeology, you will explore themes and controversies in world archaeology, including people and society in the past, sites and people in the landscape and economics and material culture. You will also focus on topics such as cultural resource management archaeology and archaeologists, archaeology and society, archaeology and identity and archaeology and evolution. In the second A2 unit, Archaeological Investigation, you have the opportunity to identify a topic, investigate the topic and report the findings.
A-Level Archaeology Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level Archaeology specification is available on the AQA website.
Most people study A-Level Archaeology so that they can study Archaeology, Ancient History, Geology or Classics at University. Archaeologists are in demand in a number of areas, including museums, libraries, the police and local councils.
Whatever your career choice, A-Level Archaeology shows that you have the ability to gather data and analyse it thoroughly.
Other Useful Information
- AQA past papers for A-Level Archaeology are available on their website.
- There is a selection of A-Level Archaeology resources available here.