History of Art: Critical and Contextual Studies A Level


History of Art: Critical and Contextual Studies A Level

About the course

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.

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses which are based on your GCSE results.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in one other written subject e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business or Religious Studies (full course).

International students:

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

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.

Assessment is by written exam and coursework assignment.

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.

I have always wanted to be a lawyer

Hosanna Makanda

Hosanna Makanda

Studied: ESOL progressing to study A Levels in English Language and Literature, French, History and Sociology

Now studying Law at the University of Birmingham

Hosanna Makanda came to the UK from war torn Congo in 2011. She spoke no English and had experienced very little education. Enrolling on an ESOL course at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, her potential was spotted and she was encouraged to progress to A Levels. This summer she achieved an A*, two As and a B and is now studying Law at the University of Birmingham.

She said: “My teachers always made sure I had everything I needed and have inspired me to go to university. I have always wanted to be a lawyer as I have developed a need to defend other people.”

Course information

Start date
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08 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
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Sixth Form College
Class Type
Full time
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A level entry requirements

A Level entry requirements

Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.

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Sixth Form College

Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.