Specification at a glance

This four unit A-level requires students to develop an ability to analyse and interpret a variety of paintings, sculpture and architecture, alongside an understanding of some of the major themes:

  • Unit 1 Visual Analysis and Interpretation: requires knowledge and understanding of formal characteristics and terminology, and a general knowledge of historical, social and cultural contexts for painting, sculpture and architecture.
  • Unit 2 Themes in History of Art: students develop an understanding of eight art historical themes.
  • Unit 3 Investigation and Interpretation (1): requires the study of one prescribed period and location from the four optional topics listed in the specification.
  • Unit 4 Investigation and Interpretation (2): requires the study of one prescribed period and location chosen from the four optional topics listed in the specification.

This specification is available for assessment in June and all four units are assessed by written examination.

There are no previous learning requirements and this course is suitable for the diverse range of students who wish to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, the study of History of Art.