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Solihull students given insight into Archaeology by ex-student

Solihull Editorial 29th Dec, 2023   0

ARCHEOLOGY Academy enrichment learners at Solihull Sixth Form College were given an insight into opportunities in higher education and careers this half term.

Ex-student and current University of Leicester undergraduate Alfie Downs came onto campus to deliver a talk on degrees and careers in Archaeology.

Alfie talked about the subjects that students are likely to encounter in an Archaeology degree, such as Osteoarchaeology, Forensic Archaeology and Zooarchaeology, as well as careers in Commercial Archaeology and in the Heritage sector.

He discussed his own experience of study and the research projects he has been involved in, ranging from a community project exploring the Prehistoric Archaeology of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Western Scotland to major archaeological excavations at Leicester Cathedral.

Jane McCard, who leads the Archaeology Academy, said: “It was great to welcome Alfie back to College to talk about his experiences.

“He gave students an excellent insight into the opportunities Archaeology can offer and the wide range of skills he has developed through his study. Our students really valued his insights into the field.”




The college offers the Archaeology Academy as one of its enrichment options.

This term learners have enjoyed several sessions led by academics and experts, including talks on the Portable Antiquities Scheme by Finds Liaison Officer Teresa Gilmore.


Jane McCard added: “The course allows learners who are interested in Archaeology or Ancient History the chance to get an insight into the discipline.

“Exam Boards stopped offering A Level Archaeology several years ago, so it is great to be able to offer students the chance to study this fascinating subject.”

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