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 statement!
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
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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)