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History of Art: Critical and Contextual Studies A level at City and Islington College

Course description

The story of beauty and the story of art changes with every generation and era. Gain a new appreciation of the art you love, and learn about its social background, in this testing but fun two-year course.

Course content

You will study art history and contemporary art, from painting, sculpture and textiles to photography, film and architecture. We will analyse themes and issues, and consider the historical, sociological and philosophical factors which influence our understanding of art.

We will explore how ideas of beauty change in different cultures and periods, as well as consider how artists have interpreted the idea of utopia. During the second year you will apply your knowledge and interest from the first year to iconic art movements. The course involves many trips and visits to London galleries and museums.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies (full course), English Language.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by written exam and coursework assignment.

Future opportunities

Taken with another Art-based A Level, this course is the ideal route into Art College, a University Arts Degree or a vocational training course in Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.