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AS Archaeology

A Level

In Eastleigh ()

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Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Duration

    1 Year

Description

Archaeology is the study of past human societies from the investigation of material remains. AS students will study the techniques of modern archaeological research, archaeology's place in society and focus on religion and ritual in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland (Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age).

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Course programme


Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of past human societies from the investigation of material remains. AS students will study the techniques of modern archaeological research, archaeology's place in society and focus on religion and ritual in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland (Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age).

AS Archaeology course (AQA) was offered for the first time in September 2004 and is available to students in their second year.

Aims

To develop a knowledge of -

  • Sources
  • Methods
  • Archaeological concepts
  • People and their activities in relation to material culture and technology, economics, settlement and social organisation and religion and ritual


To promote and understanding of -

  • The nature of archaeological evidence and its limitations
  • The archaeological time scale
  • Methods of recovery of archaeological evidence
  • The process of interpretation of archaeological evidence
  • The place of archaeology in the modern community


It is intended that College lessons will be both teacher led and learner centred. With the later involving discussion, debate, role play, presentations and practical sessions strongly linked to examination technique.
Information technology will be used to support learning by means of CD Roms, info track, the internet and archaeology intranet and to enhance presentations and analysis through the use on Power point, Word and Excel.

Course Content

Students will study 3 modules -
1. Survey and excavation (sources and methods) (which includes how sites are discovered and recorded; how sites are excavated)
2. Post excavation, dating and interpretation (How recorded material is analysed; how sites are dated; how evidence can be interpreted and presented).
3. Religion and ritual (prehistoric Britain and Ireland [Neolithic to Iron Age] (Archaeological information linked to: mortuary practices, art and symbolism, ritual structure and locations, beliefs, the organisation of religion and ritual).

The modules are intended to help students develop a knowledge and understanding of -
· The nature of, and factors affecting, change and continuity in the past
· The limitations of archaeological evidence and its relationship to historical and other evidence
· Key themes and ideas in world archaeology
· The concept that past cultures cannot necessarily be understood in terms of present day values and assumptions.

There is no coursework at AS, only three written examinations of one hour each. Each paper draws on source materials such as plans, sketches and photographs from the archaeological record.

Every effort is made to make the course as real and practical as possible and to link it with current research. Students are encouraged to promote their own learning by joining a local archaeological society, visiting museums, attending local lectures, taking part in fieldwork and work experience and regularly reading archaeological journals and watching archaeological programmes.

Past students have applied to universities to read Geography or related degrees such as Geology, Coastal Management, Geographical Information Systems, Planning, Earth Science, Environmental Science or Management, Geological Hazards, Hydrology or Meteorology. The last two years have seen successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge.

Geography combines well with almost all other AS and A level subjects. Taken with Physics, Chemistry, Geology and/or Biology, its supports applications for degrees in Engineering, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Marine Biology or Earth Science; taken with English, French, History or Economics it supports applications for courses such as Business, Media, Politics and Law; taken with P.E, Travel and Tourism or Leisure and Recreation, degrees in Event Management, Tourism or Leisure Management and combined degrees such as Geography and Mountain Leadership.

University Archaeology courses are becoming increasingly competitive. This course gives those students wishing to study Archaeology at university a real advantage. Archaeology is a multidisciplinary subject combining Earth science, social science and pure science. This means that it can provide an invaluable background for a wide variety of degree courses. At University, Archaeology can be studied as a single subject or combined with such subjects as Geology, Geography, Anthropology and Environmental Science. Other related degrees include Heritage Management, Geophysics and Conservation.

AS Archaeology

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