Posted by: archaccess | December 17, 2013

Year 12 Archaeology Study Day

On 28th March 2014, St John’s College in Cambridge is offering Year 12 students the opportunity to learn about the study of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge through a diverse and stimulating range of sample lectures and seminars with current students and academics.

This Year 12 Study Day will show that there is far more to Archaeology than wielding a trowel or donning a home-knit jumper. If you’ve ever wondered how the study of past civilizations can help to develop skills such as lateral thinking, problem-solving, data analysis and report writing relevant to a present-day career in Archaeology or other areas such as business, science, politics or the arts, then this is the chance to find out more about how to achieve this through study at a world-class University like Cambridge, and what that involves.

The University of Cambridge was the first university in the UK to teach Archaeology and is ranked number 1 for the study of the subject in 2014 by the Complete University Guide, which can be seen here. The current undergraduate course approaches different period, area and methodological focuses in the subject through theory and practice in both the humanities and the sciences. The Archaeology Division’s website includes testimonials from students about the fieldwork opportunities available here and the graduate career propsects here. The study of Archaeology at Cambridge also includes Egyptology and Assyriology, and is part of the Human, Social and Political Science Tripos which offers both breadth and specialisation across a range of disciplines.

Students attending the Study Day at St John’s College on 28th March 2014 will receive sample lectures from academics on subjects including archaeological science, ancient languages and the world of the pharoahs, and will take part in small-group discussions and workshops with current students. The day will also involve lunch and a tour of St John’s, with advice from the College’s admissions team on how to make a competitive application to Cambridge. The draft programme is available here.

Registration for the event is now open on the St John’s College website here, and will close on Friday 28th February 2014. The Study Day is open to individuals and small groups (no more than 4 students per school/college) in the UK. Priority will be given to students attending state-maintained schools if the event is oversubscribed. For more information, please contact the St John’s College Access Officer, Carly Walsh, at .

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