A-level History of Art

Develop your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills whilst discovering fascinating facts about the History of Art.

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Overview

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. 

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'll learn

Unit 1 - Visual Analysis

In this unit of A-level Art History, you’ll find out how to look at paintings, sculptures and architecture. So, you’ll learn the art of visual analysis and how to interpret pieces of artwork.

Unit 2 - The Theme of War

In this section, you’ll explore the work of specialist artists including Eugene Delacroix, Jeremy Deller and Daniel Libeskind. Different themes will be covered, such as leadership, memorials and architecture in this unit, which is dedicated to the overall theme of war.

Unit 3 - The Theme of Identity

In this section of Art History A-level, you’ll discover the work of Van Eyck, Marc Quinn and Zaha Hadid. Themes explored will include gender, ethnicity and The Divine, in a section dedicated to the overall theme of identity.

Unit 4 - Rebellion and Revival: 1848-1899

In this unit, you’ll explore times of rebellion and revival, as you delve into the British and French Avant-Garde period of 1848-1899. Study the work of famous artists like Manet and Rodin, with varied themes from impressionism to Art Nouveau.

Unit 5 - Pop Life: British and American Contemporary Art (1960 – 2015)

In this section, you’ll find out all about contemporary in England and America and how this has transformed from the Pop art of the 1960s to the modern art we see today. Themes covered in this unit range from portraiture to non-objective and performance.

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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.

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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 can enrol now for Edexcel History of Art A-level examinations for Summer 2024. 

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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What will I learn in A-level Art History?

From studying specialist artists like Matisse and Manet to exploring themes such as mythological and literary painting and sculpture, the History of Art A-level equips you with expert knowledge. You’ll get to examine artwork to gain a deeper interpretation and understanding of its context.

 

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Why study A-level History of Art online?

This distance learning course adheres to the Edexcel A-level History of Art syllabus and has been specifically designed so you can study online, in your own time. You’ll also benefit from unlimited tutor support and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to excel in your two exams. 

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