AS-level Archaeology

AS-level Archaeology has two units that have to be studied. In the first unit you will be introduced to the importance of belief systems, religions, and the rituals and culture accompanying them. These studies will typically cover Prehistoric Europe, Ancient Egypt and aspects of the Roman Empire .

The second unit for AS-level Archaeology introduces you to practical aspects of archaeology such as archaeological research, how to interpret what an archaeological site can tell you and how to excavate an archaeological site. On completion of each unit you are assessed by formal examination.

A2-level Archaeology

Having successfully completed the AS-level in archaeology you can progress to the A2-level. A2-level Archaeology also has two units that have to be studied. The first A2-level unit builds on the archaeological knowledge you acquired at AS-level, broadening it to encompass aspects of world archaeology.

This is achieved by examining; how in the past people have organised themselves along social or political or economic issues, how human groups have impacted on their surrounding landscape and the importance of culture in ancient societies. It will also examine how the concept of world archaeology is both perceived and received in an international context. The first unit is completed by passing a formal examination assessment.

The second A2-level Archaeology unit is dedicated to archaeological investigation, assessment of this second unit is by coursework only. The archaeological investigation unit requires students to apply all of the skills and knowledge so far acquired and apply them to personal research and fieldwork into an archaeological subject.

This could involve participating in or visiting an archaeological excavation, or be done by reference to artefacts in museums. However, it must involve the student in personal and first-hand research, resulting in a report of between 3500 and 4000 words.

Studying for A-level Archaeology Online

Online study and research towards the award of A-level Archaeology will undoubtedly be of great benefit to students. Indeed the internet can give access to archaeological records and images of archaeological artefacts that students in previous times could not have hoped to see. Furthermore, studying other A-levels online could also help A-level Archaeology students to more fully understand and appreciate what they learn about archaeology; subjects as diverse as history, geography and chemistry etc.

What Advantages Will A-level Archaeology Offer You?

Studying A-level Archaeology involves much more than studying human history. To gain the full A-level in archaeology you will also have to learn and apply aspects of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, geography, photography, art/drawing … etc.

In this respect A-level Archaeology should be seen as a multi-disciplinary subject that will demonstrate your ability to gather data, research and analyse it and to then assimilate it into a report – skills very much in demand across a wide range of other subjects and careers from town and country planning to forensic sciences. Needless to say A-level Archaeology is an excellent choice to study to if you would like to study archaeology, or a related subject, at university.