A Level History of Art

Head of History of Art: Dr S Wallace
The study of the History Art develops students’ understanding of the relationship between society and art. Students will acquire the core skills of visual literacy and understanding which are essential in today’s visual world.

There is a global scope in the syllabus which is appropriate for the modern world. History of Art develops the skills and understanding to enjoy a lifetime of access to, and appreciation of, the culture, heritage and ideas of the world around us.

Course content
Examination board: Edexcel

Visual Analysis and Themes

Students focus on analysis of nature in art and architecture, for example in the work of Georgia O’Keeffe; and war in art and architecture.

Examination – 50% of overall grade


Students study two time periods: the Renaissance in Italy (1420-1520) and the British and French Avant-Garde (1848-99). For each time period students must consider the impact of different styles, materials and techniques as well as exploring and evaluating the impact of regional historical events.

Examination – 50% of overall grade

There are opportunities to visit galleries in London including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Greenwich Palace and the National Gallery amongst others. A trip to Florence is planned for 2021.

University and beyond
History of Art is an amazing bridge between the study of history, Philosophy, Art, Religious Studies, Classics and English. The skill of visual analysis is key to careers in the ever-expanding creative industries.

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