From experience, whilst many universities don't require science A'Levels to
take the BSc version of their archaeology courses, having chemistry or
biology can really help understanding of things like carbon-dating, isotope
analysis, biological anthropology, conservation of objects, etc. Certainly
if Shona wants to specialise later and take a masters in something like
Conservation, doing an MSc without chemistry A'Level may be more hard work,
although again she is likely to be able to enter courses without science
On the other hand, if Shona's more able at non-science subjects, she should
concentrate on them, as it really is the grades that count, not the
subject. As others have said, don't take the GCSEs too seriously, you need
good grades to move onto A'Levels but beyond that Shona should take the
chance to pursue what she enjoys. Don't worry about the lack of Latin, even
courses like Classical Archaeology which require it offer starting courses
for students with no prior experience.
Lots of people change their minds about what they want to study (I changed
from vet to physicist to archaeologist during GCSEs through to
university!), so I would encourage Shona to keep up with science and maths
as long as possible as these are often what employers in big buisness are
attracted to, and they may be good to fall back on.
Best of luck (and keep an eye out for community projects and the Young
Archaeologist's Club for her to interact with as these make good additions
to personal statements when applying for university!),
On 27 January 2012 15:07, Jennifer Peacock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I definitely have to agree with all the comments so far. Getting onto an
> archaeology degree course really is about how well you do, rather than the
> specific subjects that you study. When I started my BA I remember being
> struck by the range of A Level subjects that people on the course had taken
> (I think there must have been one person for every A Level subject
> available at the time)!
> I do think that it's important to emphasise that writing a good quality
> personal statement also plays a vital role, especially if you haven't had
> the opportunity to study A Level Archaeology (which was the case for me
> when I was applying for uni, and might be the case for your daughter too).
> In that vein I think that it might be useful for your daughter to look
> into the Young Archaeologists' Club (http://www.yac-uk.org/), or perhaps
> your local archaeology society to see what opportunities there are for
> getting involved in finds processing/excavation etc. Aside from helping her
> to work out whether it's really what she wants to do, participation in
> things certainly demonstrates enthusiasm for the subject in a personal
> Hope that this is of some help.
> From: British archaeology discussion list [[log in to unmask]] on
> behalf of Mark Powell [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 27 January 2012 14:28
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [BRITARCH] a 13 year olds career choices
> ok my 13 year old daughter is about to choose her options at school and
> she has stated she would like to study archaeology at university when she
> has passed her GCSE's (thats O levels but much easier to old folk like
> me.).apart from doing the core subjects she has chosen french , history ,
> geography , and ict (thats computers to old people like me) Latin wasnt an
> option as the school hasnt the funding to employ a latin teacher and she
> was only permitted to study a maximum of 4 subjects of her own choosing
> nothing like holding kids back is there!
> although she hasnt decided which branch of archaeology she wishes to study
> she is concerned that if she doesnt make the correct choices now it may
> affect her chances of getting a place at university to study archaeology
> (and building up a massive debt in the process) so any advice on subject
> choices both at this early stage and at A Level would be greatly
> appreciated so she can plan her course of study and set herself something
> to aim for.
> many thanks in advance .
> Mark and Shona (the daughter)