A-level History of Art

Edexcel A-Level
Develop your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills whilst discovering fascinating facts about the History of Art.
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A-level History of Art online course

Are you interested in the art of interpretation, and the interpretation of art itself? Then you’ll enjoy delving into captivating artwork and analysing themes like gender and ethnicity with this engaging online A-level History of Art course.

Where is Art History Useful?

If you’ve ever thought about working in museums or galleries, History of Art is a qualification that could help you get your foot in the door. In this online course, you’ll learn all about the fascinating field of art history. For example, did you know the first human artwork used shells, paint and stone and can be dated back to the Late Stone Age, around 40,000 BC? After completing this course, you will have a developed understanding of this field and its impact on our contemporary society.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Visual Analysis

    • Visual analysis of paintings
    • Visual analysis of sculpture
    • Visual analysis of architecture
  2. Unit 2 - Identity

    • The Divine
    • 2D portraits
    • 3D portraits
    • Gender identity
    • Ethnic identity
    • Identity in architecture
    • Vincent Van Gogh
    • Grayson Perry
    • Christopher Wren
  3. Unit 3 - Nature

    • Landscape or seascape in 2D
    • Animals in 2D or 3D
    • Plants in 2D or 3D
    • Elements in 2D or 3D
    • Relationships between humans and Nature
    • Architectural works influenced by Nature
    • Albrecht Dürer
    • Barbara Hepworth
    • Antoni Gaudí
  4. Unit 4 - Rebellion & Revival: The British & French Avant-Garde (1848-99)

    • Painting of working life by British and French artists
    • Painting of leisure by British and French artists
    • Religious paintings by British and French artists
    • Mythological/literary works (painting or sculpture) by British and French artists
    • The female figure (painting or sculpture) by British and French artists
    • Landscape painting scenes by British and French artists
    • Commemorative sculpture by British and French artists
    • Public architecture by British and French architects
    • Domestic architecture by British and French architects
    • Paul Gauguin
    • Edgar Degas
  5. Unit 5 - Pop life: British and American contemporary art and architecture (1960‒2015)

    Portraits (in any medium) by British and American artists

    The object in 3D by British and American artists

    Non-objective (or abstract) work (in any medium) by British and American artists

    Figurative work (in any medium) by British and American artists

    Performance or video work by British and American artists

    Installation works by British and American artists

    Land or earth art by British and American artists

    Commercial or public architecture by British and American architects

    Domestic architecture by British and American architects

    David Hockney

    Rachel Whiteread



  6. Unit 6 - Preparation for the Exam

    • Practice Paper 1
    • Practice Paper 2

Awarding Body


Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.

Recognised through UCAS

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-Level History of Art, issued by Edexcel (9HT0). Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university. 

This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning. 

How is this course assessed or examined?

You will be required to complete the two written assessments for written A-level History of Art: 

    • Paper 1: 3 hours, 50% of A-level, 110 marks.

  • Paper 2: 3 hours, 50% of A-level, 110 marks.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this Art History course. However, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. This History of Art A-level syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, which is usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

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