History of Art: Critical and Contextual Studies A Level


History of Art: Critical and Contextual Studies A Level

About the course

Are you curious about artists and designers? Do you want to find out more about the social, political, cultural and historical influences on art and design production? This course involves short projects on subjects such as: the function of art, curation, autobiography and art, beauty, the representation of women and modern architecture. Expanding upon these starting points you will research your own areas of interest producing essays and a practical outcome. You can choose to work in ways which suit your skills and interests, for example, producing an illustrated gallery guide, scripts, architectural models, films, photography and painting.

• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

• At least a grade 5/B in one other written GCSE subject. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, 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 extend your knowledge of art and design across all disciplines, and develop skills in thinking critically about works of art. This A Level will help your written skills and support you technically. 



Coursework 60%

Externally Set Assignment 40%

Students go on to study Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design, as well as Degree courses in History of Art and Architecture. Others use this subject to support interests in the Humanities, Film and English Literature. 

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.”

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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 3
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2 Years
Sixth Form College
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Full time
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A level entry requirements

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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.