Archaeological specialist apprenticeship

Plan, undertake and lead archaeological research and investigations

An archaeological specialist plans, undertakes and leads archaeological research and investigations, which may include surveys, excavations, post-excavation analysis and scientific analysis of archaeological materials and data. During the archaeological specialist apprenticeship, you’ll develop specialised knowledge of one or more aspects of archaeological investigation and analysis. You’ll be responsible for the processing, reporting and preparation for long-term deposition of archaeological data and materials. You’ll work on site (outside and in all weathers), in an office or in a laboratory, including operating technical equipment and carrying out physical tasks. You’ll be responsible for leading and undertaking archaeological research and investigation, with a high level of responsibility for the delivery and quality of your own work and that of others. On completion, you’ll achieve an MA or MSc degree in an archaeology or archaeological science subject.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: History and geography

Entry requirements for the archaeological specialist apprenticeship: GCSEs, including maths, English and science. A-levels or BTECs are desirable. The apprenticeship would also be suitable for an undergraduate or someone with relevant work experience in a relevant field

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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