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Entry requirements

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One year.

What will I study?

Would you like lots of transferrable skills for your next step, whether that's university or employment? Have an interest in the past? Then an EPQ with a focus on archaeology is the course for you!

The first term will focus on teaching the basics of archaeological investigation and an introduction to different archaeological cultures which may include the Mycenaean World, the Palaeolithic world, Medieval Britain. You will also complete the HE skills course which will give you a firm grounding in the skills you will need to produce a good piece of independent research. The individual project will be the focus of the second term and will tackle either an archaeological problem (excluding excavation) or an archaeological issue that you wish to research in more detail.

Previous practical student projects have examined diverse issues from tracing the remains of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, to looking at changes over time at All Saints Church, Pavement. Topics that could be investigated in more detail could range from examining the reasons for the invention and adoption of farming to whether human remains should be displayed in museums.

Whilst this is a one year course, the College has good links with museums and archives in the area and there will be opportunities for work placements to enhance your UCAS application or CV during your second year at College.

Please note that the Extended Project Qualification is only open to students in their first year if they are doing an archaeological project. This is because it is providing an opportunity for students to study archaeology because the AS Level and A Level Archaeology qualifications that have been discontinued by AQA. Other students will be able to undertake EPQs in their second year.


Students should be aware that there is no practical excavation element to this course. However, there may be museum and site visits arranged for which a small charge may be payable.

How will I be assessed?

We follow the Edexcel Extended Project Qualification specification.

Good course combinations

An EPQ works well with many subjects, both sciences and humanities, as you will develop independent learning, research skills and project management skills. Carrying out your own investigation is satisfying in its own right. An archaeologically focused EPQ would work well with any of the humanities subjects, Geography, Geology and other science A Levels.

What could it lead to?

A degree in this subject would be advantageous if you are interested in working as a professional archaeologist, in museums or in the leisure, tourism or heritage industry. Past students who have studied archaeology have progressed to study history, archaeology and other humanities subjects as well as English and other arts subjects. The skills you will develop during this course would be useful for a number of professions.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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