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1 A-level Archaeology – challenges, opportunities Edmund Dixon Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. 06/04/2013 x of x Version 3.0

2 Biographical sketch Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. Transferable skills –Analysis, synthesis from arts and sciences –Evaluation from incomplete information –Communication, teamwork, management –Finance: business basis for creative and educational activities –ie how to fund what really matters, how to manifest this (career and personal) x of x Version 3.0

3 Archaeology – subject challenges Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. Practical work is essential – how to provide it? The range of the subject – science to arts Prescribed periods – assessment independent of period? What to cover : core and optionality – AQA A-level spec –ARCH1 Religion and Ritual –ARCH2 Skills and Methods –ARCH3 World Archaeology (2 of 3 themes, contemp issues) –ARCH4 Arch investigation x of x Version 3.0

4 Anthropology – subject challenges Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. PR  our work with RAI: but how do we spread the word? 21 HEI courses A-level provision - teachers’ background in subject, or sociology How to sell the subject? Subject breadth AQA specification: –Being human: unity and diversity –Becoming a person: identity and belonging –Global and local: …globalisation –Method and investigations x of x Version 3.0

5 Student’s choices AS or also A-level? An advantage for u/g study, not a requirement Some specific career paths require archaeology Many other career paths with this subject (SCFA) Media and ‘reality? (eg Richard III recently) Employment numbers, options Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0

6 Archaeology – approx numbers AS – 1000 A-level – 500 A-level taught in ca 50 centres Undergrad places ?1000+ A few thousand professional archaeologists in UK Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0

7 Questions for teachers Often taught by non-specialists –Support –Periods covered –Practical experience Archaeologists in teaching? Types of schools – popular where offered Mature students and part time market? Sources of support: AQA, other Changes to A-level funding for schools –3 A-levels, + one AS? Changes to AS and A-level (DfE) Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0

8 Questions for HE Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0 How to reach A-level students (of Archaeology) Many more u/g places than students with A-level Arch HE funding changes add pressure: –Core and margin with ABB funding –Archaeology not a RG facilitating subject Changes to AS

9 Resources, links Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0 network/blog/2013/feb/19/archaeology-funding-student-decline-futurehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education- network/blog/2013/feb/19/archaeology-funding-student-decline-future Guy de la Bedoyere, teacher etchttp://www.romanbritain.freeserve.co.uk/ of_Archaeological_Specialists - employment survey of_Archaeological_Specialists Council for British Archaeology Education campaigns, but they have recently lost funding for education outreach

10 Resources, links (2) Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0 Advice on getting into Archaeology in the UK for teenagers SCFAhttp://www.universityarchaeology.org.uk/

11 Resources (AQA) Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version /teaching-and-learning-resourceshttp://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/archaeology/a-level/archaeology- 2010/teaching-and-learning-resources

12 Questions? Copyright © AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. x of x Version 3.0 Thank you – to the Departments today Thank you - to Prof Rosemary Cramp for her inspiration


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