A Level

History of Art

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to History of Art

Learning to interpret images and understand design are skills for life. History of Art provides you with an exciting opportunity to better understand the world around you by looking at a wide range of artists and architects, from classical antiquity to the modern-day!

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for History of Art is 58.

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About the Course

Classes are highly interactive, and you are encouraged to discuss, debate and present your ideas to both your teacher and each other. As a result, you will gain a better understanding of painting, sculpture and architecture in the context of their art historical periods.

Learning takes place both in galleries and museums and in the classroom, using digital slides and films. The course will also teach you vital essay writing skills, preparing you not just for examination but also for life beyond A level.

2023 History of Art A level results


15% of our students achieved an A


38% of our students achieved A* to B 


92% of our students achieved A* to E on results day

Course information

Learn to develop skills to read images and to better understand the world around you as you discover art and artists from some of the most significant and exciting eras of Art and Architecture.

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Hear from our students

I've loved taking History of Art and I have learnt so much. It links into so many different subject areas, and has made me see the world in a completely different light.

Rhiannon, Year 12 student

Quick facts


47 year 12 and 13 students take History of Art

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.