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History of Art - A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This course is offered only as a linear A-Level. Students of History of Art will develop a knowledge and understanding of the production and development of works of art over the last 600 years, across the world. Candidates will develop the skills of description, deconstruction, analysis and appreciation. They should be able to work well with others, and contribute to discussion, and should also have a genuine interest in art, and the ways in which it is used and displayed. As with all Sixth Formers, candidates should have a high degree of self‐motivation.


A-Level History of Art will be assessed entirely through examination - there is no NEA. AS will not be offered as the qualification will work as a ‘linear’ A-Level.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is Edexcel.


Where can this lead?

  1. of Art can provide a stepping stone for a number of higher educational courses and careers. Obviously, it is an essential A-Level for any student who wants to pursue any course or career in art analysis or appreciation. It should also be an attractive option for many other students, though, and provides a great companion A-Level with English, , Sociology, Art, Music, Theatre Studies or Film Studies, and any of the humanities’ subjects, like Ethics and Geography.


A recent article by the Royal College of Surgeons suggested that History of Art is a useful qualification for future doctors because of the way it trains the eye to examine details: it is also a subject in which students build on their ability to work within a group, such an important skill in the majority of jobs in the 21st century. Employers are looking for graduates who ‘stand out’, who can offer something different and who have high degrees of emotional intelligence, communication skills or creativity. Therefore, HART offers a sound introduction to the field of art analysis, but also enriches and deepens an understanding of all arts and humanities subjects.


The subject matter of the course increases a student’s ability to converse with a variety of people, and reference aspects of culture which are impressive in a range of circumstances. One final point is that this course is very rarely offered in the state sector: Wales High School students are getting a chance usually reserved for young people in private schools.


Course Entry Requirements

At least a grade 5 in English Language and Literature.


Course Breakdown

Specifications require students to choose from a range of themes (Nature, War, and Identity) and artistic periods between 1420 and 2015, and assessment is carried out through 2 final exams in Year 13. There is no coursework or NEA as part of the course.


Enrichment Opportunities

Students can participate in gallery and museum visits, and can access the wealth of material on TV and online, and will be offered extra support at lunchtimes and after school.







Additional Information

Lessons are a healthy combination of practical learning supported by the necessary academic theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes place through the following: discussion and research, and ‘lecture-style’ delivery.


The style of homework varies according to the unit of exam work. Research and essay writing are integral to the course. Three hours of private study per week are expected across the course, in addition to timetabled lessons.


For further information, please contact – Mr P Stanton /

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September