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Archaeology and Ancient History at A Level?

Discussion in 'Classics' started by AtheneHelotis, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. In September, I will complete an MA in AHA and I seem to be unable to put it to good use!! Having worked as a Cover Supervisor for 8 years (secondary) and been involved in Archaeology Tuition with a Heritage and Education Foundation, I'd really like to be able to offer my subject at GCSE and A-Level. Does anybody know of any training courses that would allow me to pursue this?
     
  2. lemoni122

    lemoni122 New commenter

    I don't I'm afraid. Are you Greek? If so...
    Do you also have knowledge of the classical languages - ie was your first degree in Φιλολογια? For then you could find a PGCE training course to teach Latin and Greek, with your other specialisms as a bonus; there are quite a few Greeks working as teachers of classics in the UK these days.
    Otherwise I think your field is too narrow for secondary education. Of course, there might be part-time work at a tutorial college teaching these subjects, without training. For example I know the occasional student for Archaeology or Anc Hist turns up in London.
    There's more call for Ancient History. Maybe you could have a look at the GCSE and A Level questions papers/mark schemes/examiners' reports etc. on the OCR site and train yourself! I found their AH training day last Autumn the best I have ever been on...especially as my generation did so much on outlines and read the sources in the original as literature and therefore I was desperate!
    I realise Classical Civilisation isn't the same thing, but there's quite a few schools, both state and private, which teach it these days, and if you got a post, you could perhaps choose units which reflect your special knowledge. Trouble is, I think you can only work in the independent sector if you're not trained, Catch 22 I'm afraid.

     
  3. Hi there,
    I teach A level Geology, Ancient History and Archaeology at a Further Education College. There are a large number of colleges that now offer the ancient history, classics and ancient languages (as they are a bit of a money spinner and get the students in!) A few jobs come up every year so it is worth looking around.

    I did a PGCE in Further Education so got generic training but it has suited me great. You can do specific PGCE's in classics but there is little difference and there are very few programmes left in the country. I did a placement in a great sixth form college and got a job straight away- I was VERY lucky but if you are ready willing and able you'll be able to do it.

    Hope that helps
     
  4. Hi,

    Thanks for your detailed reply. There are only two coursed in England offering Classics PGCE you are right! However, I have taken your advice and signed up with my local FE institution and also signed on for a PTLLS/DTLLS qualification. I hope that this, along with classroom experience and a good MA degree will get me on the right road!!

    In the meantime, I have set up Archaeo-Schools with the Sir John Moore Foundation and will be offering modular courses in heritage studies, research and Archaeology to secondary schools - if you think your school may be interested, then do please take a look at the web-site by googling the foundation!! (The pilot scheme was fab and has developed into a weekly extended schools session!).

    Sounds like you have made a success of your skills and qualifications etc and it's a real inspiration - thanks again.
     
  5. Hi,

    Thanks for your detailed reply. There are only two courses in England offering Classics PGCE you are right! However, I have taken your advice and signed up with my local FE institution and also signed on for a PTLLS/DTLLS qualification. I hope that this, along with classroom experience and a good MA degree will get me on the right road!!

    In the meantime, I have set up Archaeo-Schools with the Sir John Moore Foundation and will be offering modular courses in heritage studies, research and Archaeology to secondary schools - if you think your school may be interested, then do please take a look at the web-site by googling the foundation!! (The pilot scheme was fab and has developed into a weekly extended schools session!).

    Sounds like you have made a success of your skills and qualifications etc and it's a real inspiration - thanks again.
     
  6. Hi

    Thanks for taking the time to offer such a detailed response. I am not a Greek national, and have only introductory level Greek language skills. My first degree was Ancient History and Archaeology not Philologia.

    Your comment about the OCR training day is interesting - I will definitely look into that. In the meantime, I have signed up for a PTLLS/DTLLS course and registered with the bank of tutors at my local FE college so fingers crossed!

    I have also gone live with an extended learning scheme that I recently piloted in a local secondary school. Archaeo-schools offers modular courses from one hour to 10 days tuition in research skills, heritage studies and archaeology practice to secondary and primary schools. If you are interested please have a look at the Sir John Moore Foundation website (Google sir john moore foundation!).

    Thanks again
     

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