There are plenty of opportunities to study archaeology although the range of qualifications is relatively small. To get further information on any of them either contact your local institution or the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Education service.
Short courses are offered by Colleges of Further Education (FE) and the Workers Educational Association (WEA). Typically these will be 2 hours a week for ten weeks and are generally aimed at adults. Increasingly, colleges will offer an Open College Network (OCN) certificate for these courses.
Day schools or conferences are offered by university departments, FE colleges, local and national archaeological organisations and museums. Many of these involve lectures at university level although some are practically based. The two key sources on these are Current Archaeology (CA) and British Archaeology (BA) magazines.
Field schools, or training digs, are offered by universities and some local organisations in the summer. Details are advertised in CA and BA magazines.
This is offered by AQA.
Students study archaeological methods and one period of British archaeology from prehistory to post-medieval. There is an exam on each section which follows a standard format. Paper 1 involves interpretation of a map and aerial photograph followed by a series of short questions on a range of methods. Paper 2 has a choice of several illustrations of sites or artefacts, each with a number of short questions. There is also a short piece of coursework. GCSE is largely offered by FE colleges and a few schools.
These are also offered by AQA. The AS can be taken separately or as the first stage of an A Level. Each exam is broken down into three sections or modules. Five of these sections are examinations which each last between one and one and a half hours.