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ILAFS Learning Objectives

ILAFS constitutes a varied and challenging scheme of work which must be completed to the highest possible standards – the excavation results are used in academic research. In carrying out the wide range of required tasks, students will develop and refine a range of ‘soft’ skills vital for success in education and the workplace, and will also become more informed and confident about the world of university.

Life & Learning Experience

Participants learn new information, ideas and techniques which complement curriculum study but will also introduce themes, approaches and subject areas not taught in school at any level. Archaeology, as an interdisciplinary subject which combines sciences and humanities while also allowing original hands-on investigations to be carried out by participants, provides a unique opportunity for participants to work and think at a higher level and across conventional subject boundaries. Participants work in small, mixed-school teams, meeting and learning to work with new people in a new environment making new discoveries.

Skills Development

  • Collection, analysis and evaluation of original research material
  • Personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS)
    • Verbal communication
    • Structured working
    • Creative thinking
    • Reflective learning
    • Effort and persistence
    • Team working
  • Technical report writing
    • Report structuring and data presentation
    • Research Skills
    • Writing Skills
  • Citizenship
    • Working within local communities
    • Contributing to community knowledge
    • Investigating local environments
    • Conserving heritage

Raising Educational Aspirations

ILAFS aims to boost participants' confidence and capacity for learning, to help them fulfil their academic potential, to raise their educational aspirations regarding applying to university. It achieves this by giving participants the chance to complete all stages of a tertiary level research programme, working independently with the support of experts from the world-class University of Cambridge, while also learning about applying to university and the opportunities offered by Higher Education from current undergraduates.

Enquiry and Reasoning

Students undertake an original research project which requires demonstration and justification of a logical line of enquiry from planning to execution to writing. Their ability to problem-solve, think laterally and analytically about evidence and evaluate their reasoning will be challenged in both small group work and larger discussions in a fun and informal environment.