Information for teachers

What is an archaeologist?

Archaeologists explore the human story through the effect people have on the world and the evidence they’ve left behind. [please suggest alternative/extra wording]


How does archaeology link to STEM?

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How can I incorporate archaeology into the curriculum?

There are an increasing number of heritage professionals offering resources and workshops that you could incorporate into your lesson plans in order to enhance your curriculum with archaeological resources and learning opportunities. [please suggest any links you are aware of]

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Where do archaeologists work?

Archaeologists work in a wide variety of roles. The sorts of projects you might find an archaeologist working on could be:

▪ local authority development plans

▪ planning applications for new development

▪ applications for listed building consent and scheduled monument consent

▪ minerals planning

▪ urban design

▪ landscape design

▪ infrastructure design

▪ architectural design

▪ construction

▪ environmental impact assessments

▪ heritage management or conservation plans

▪ tourism strategies

▪ research projects for universities, regional or national agencies

▪ local economic development plans

▪ transport plans

▪ planning policy and guidance development

▪ education strategies

▪ school projects

▪ community projects

▪ PR or media projects

▪ film and television programme writing

▪ housing and regeneration

▪ forensic investigation

[Maybe there could be links to professional profiles of people doing these jobs?]


What other jobs are open to those with archaeology training and qualifications?

Archaeology is an attractive option for those wanting to gain skills that employers find attractive such as project management, teamwork, communication, IT, problem solving and the ability to be creative and analytical. The skills that archaeologists develop are highly transferable. Archaeology graduates work in a surprising large, and varied, number of job roles including teaching, local and national government, management and senior management, acting, and TV/media.


Routes into an archaeological career

University degree – there are no standard A-level subjects required to study archaeology at universities and its also important to understand that not all archaeology programmes are the same.  You could discuss the different types of jobs and workplaces that a degree in archaeology might lead to and what interested them in the subject in the first place.  Archaeology is a subject that can incorporate all STEM subjects so some programmes will be arts based, some science based, some very practical and others theory and research led.  Students can search for archaeology courses offered by different universities on the UCAS website and find out what grades, points and subjects are required for individual courses.

A degree in archaeology is valued by many employers because it combines arts, science and the social sciences, includes IT and ‘soft skills’ like giving presentations and team working. There are many combinations of joint degrees which include archaeology.  If your student is planning a career in archaeology they should look for degrees which have a high proportion of archaeological studies and practical training.  There is information about CIfA/UAUK accredited degree programmes here [LINK to accredited degree page]


Apprenticeships- apprenticeships are a new route to a career in archaeology and the heritage environment for those who decide not to study archaeology at university.  There are two which are aimed at school leavers:

L3 Archaeological Technician, which will teach skills to provide practical support to Archaeologists undertaking archaeological Investigation

L4 Historic Environment Advice Assistant, which will train people to provide technical, research and logistical support to Historic Environment professionals.

Apprenticeship opportunities are offered by employers and will be advertised on the GOVUK website.  There is more information here [LINK to apprenticeship page].  


You may find the following links helpful:

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is a national online club that also has branches across the country for children and young people aged 8-16.

University Archaeology Day is an annual event held in person and online.  Young people and parents have the opportunity to talk to university departments