A Level History of Art

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title History of Art A Level
Code HA
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Learning to interpret images and understand design are skills for life.

History of Art provides you with an intimate environment for focused and intense discussion, revolving around the history and development of Art. It provides you with the tools to analyse a range of historical periods through painting, sculpture and architecture.

Classes are highly interactive, and you are encouraged to discuss, debate and present your ideas to both your teacher and with each other.

The course consists of studying works of art and architecture from classical antiquity to the present day. Learning takes place both in galleries and museums and in the classroom, using digital slides and films. You will learn through discussion, presentations and written essays on how to understand these works in the context of the time in which they were made.

Seeing work in situ is an enriching and important component of the course, with opportunities to visit galleries and architectural sites both at home and abroad.

"“I’ve loved taking History of Art and  I have learnt so much. It links into so many different subject areas, and has made me see the world in a completely different light.” RHIANNON, History of Art student.


Paper 1: 3 hour exam 50% of the A Level.
Section A
Visual Analysis – 3 unseen images
Questions on images provided in the paper assess knowledge and understanding of formal aspects of art and architecture and how they contribute to meaning.
Section B
Thematic Study - two short answer questions & two concise essays.
Two topics studied from a choice of the following four topics:
  • Nature in Art.
  • Identities in Art.
  • War in Art.
  • Journeys in Art.
Paper 2: 3 hour exam 50% of the A Level.
Two short answer questions, one concise essay and one long essay.
Two teacher-selected art historical periods from a choice of the following five optional topics:
  • Invention and Illusion (The Renaissance in Italy 1420-1520).
  • Power & Persuasion (The Baroque in Catholic Europe 1597-1685).
  • Rebellion & Revival (The Avant-Garde in Britain & France (1848-1899).
  • Brave New World (Modernism in Europe 1900-1939).
  • Pop Life (Contemporary Art & Architecture in Britain & the USA 1960-2015).

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

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