Level 3, A-Level

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

A -level -archaeologyArchaeology is the study of past human societies from the investigation of their material remains.

You will explore the practice of religion and ritual across the Ancient World and will be introduced to the basic skills and methods of archaeological techniques, including site discovery methods; excavation procedures and dating systems.

This subject will provide you with an advanced understanding of both the theory and practice of modern Archaeology. 

This course is currently under Government Review. Please regularly check our website for its latest status.


Year One:

  • The Archaeology of Religion & Ritual: How and where did ancient societies bury their dead? What may they have believed in? You will study the available evidence from a range of fascinating sites from across Prehistoric Europe, Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire
  • Archaeological Skills & Methods: How do Archaeologists locate, excavate and record sites in the landscape? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different types of archaeological investigations? 

Year Two:

  • World Archaeology: Building on your work from Year One, you will study how people and society developed across the ancient world, and how contemporary issues in Archaeology effect the preservation, funding and understanding of our ancient sites
  • Personal Study: A 3,500-4,000 word Archaeological Investigation based on your own fieldwork or research of an archaeological topic. 

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

Students will be guided through an interesting study program which will include a mix of targeted reading, class discussion, films, group activities and practical demonstrations by experts in Archaeology.

This course is formally assessed by two written exams in Year One and one written exam in Year Two. The final unit in Year Two will be an externally moderated written piece of coursework, taking the form of a personal archaeological study of your own choice (3,500-4,000 words).

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • A-Level Archaeology is not currently offered by any other college or sixth-form in South Essex. This means that you will be gaining a qualification that sets you apart from the crowd.
  • Exciting opportunities to visit museums to conduct research, archaeological find handling and guided field walking excursions – working alongside local community historical groups.
  • Volunteering opportunities for working on current archaeological sites.  

What Could I Do Next?

Archaeology combines well with other humanities subjects such as Classical Civilisation and History. It can also combine effectively with Anthropology and Sociology. The scientific elements of archaeological investigation will also appeal to students who are interested in subject to compliment and contrast with Science subjects.

Archaeology is accepted as an academic A-Level by all Russell Group universities. It provides progression to a range of degree courses, including: Ancient History, Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences and Classics.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or maths.

If you achieve English at a Grade C/4, your maths grade must be a D and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

Grade C/4 in English Language.

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