A levels History of Art (2017)

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This course develops students’ understanding of the relationship between society and art; art historical terms, concepts and issues; the influence of cultural, social and political factors, as well as developments in materials, techniques and processes of both art and architecture over time. 

The initial Visual Analysis unit delivers the core skills of visual literacy and understanding, a vital skill in today’s visual world.

The inclusion of Specified Artists and a selection of works from beyond the European tradition provides clear guidance on areas of study and reflects the need for an appropriate global specification in our modern world. The Additional Works maintain individual freedom that enable centres to explore local Museums and Galleries and to integrate these resources into the curriculum.

The five Periods give the opportunity to study some of the most significant and exciting eras of Art and Architecture in depth. Students will continue to build on and develop their skills of Visual Literacy and their knowledge base as they expand from the breadth of the Themes to the greater detail of Period study.

This new A level offers clear assessment, allowing students the opportunity to engage in debate and evaluate ideas.

All elements of this course equip students with skills for higher education and beyond: art history’s inter-disciplinary benefits are key to this, as are the requirements for all students to learn to analyse, research and to create substantiated reasoned argument in written form.

A Level History of Art specification
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Qualification type:
Advanced General Certificate of Education (A level)
Level 3
Accreditation status:
History of Art
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:

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