A level History of Art

Why study A level History of Art

History of Art involves the study of art and architecture ranging from the classical period through to the twentieth century. You will learn the skills and technical vocabulary necessary to analyse material from a diverse range of cultures and eras and will develop your critical and evaluative skills as you study key works of art and architecture within their historical contexts. Key periods studied on our course include the Renaissance in Italy (1420‒1520) and the British and French Avant-Garde (1848‒99). The course encourages wide reading and independent research and will hone your critical writing skills as you learn how to develop and support arguments in your essays.

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

Cambridge A level History of Art

What do I need to know to enrol?

No prior knowledge of History of Art is required to embark on the A level course. This subject is an excellent choice for anyone with an interest in culture and the arts.

For those planning to go on to university, it complements A levels in Classical Studies, English Literature, History and Philosophy. It is also a popular choice for students studying practical A levels in Art or Art and Design, as it provides a valuable grounding in key artistic traditions. The skills you will acquire provide a solid foundation for the study of Art, Archaeology, Classics, English Literature, History, or Philosophy, as well as History of Art, at university.

The syllabus and exam

The course prepares you for the Edexcel syllabus 9HT0. The A level is a linear course, normally taken over two years. Please note that there is no separate AS qualification for this syllabus. Exams take place in May/June exam series only.

Paper 1

Visual Analysis and Themes (code 9HT0/01) is worth 50% of your A level grade. Length: 3 hours.

For Paper 1 on this course, you will be studying the following two themes: B1: Nature in Art and Architecture and B2: Identities in Art and Architecture.

Paper 2

Periods (code 9HT0/02) is worth 50% of your A level grade. Length: 3 hours.

For Paper 2 on this course, you will be studying the following two periods: C1 Invention and illusion: the Renaissance in Italy (1420‒1520) and C3 Rebellion and revival: the British and French Avant-Garde (1848‒99).

We can provide details of Edexcel exam centres that are most convenient to your location.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course sample

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Rachel Sanders

Subjects: History of Art
As a first time home-schooled student, Wolsey Hall Oxford has proved very successful and helped me to obtain the results I wanted. Not only does Wolsey offer a very well structured and focussed course but also has very insightful, informative and supportive tutors who are willing to go that extra mile to reply and explain each and every query. Through Wolsey Hall I managed to come out with completely ‘A’ grades in each AS level I took and I owe it to my Tutors for being there and helping me through it all; I couldn’t have done it without them (especially Carol – Geography Tutor, who always went the extra step to make things easier for me). I have now got into University! If you want results – look no further. Thanks Wolsey Hall!
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Brittany – A level Student


Just to let you know, the exam centre was excellent. The team were professional and organised but also created a very friendly and supportive environment. I just remember that this time last year we were anxious about finding a good exam centre! Many thanks once again to the Wolsey Hall Team!
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D. Taylor, Homeschooling Parent


I spent the evening reflecting on everything and I individually messaged all my teachers saying everything and asking for help. Long messages writing how I really feel about the course etc. and I just really wanted to thank you so much, I have never even heard of such a kind teaching group and such understanding teachers. My old school was nothing like this, and although I can’t see you in real life I already feel so so welcome and I can tell my teachers and I connect in a way. So, thank you for supporting me, it really really means the world. For many reasons I have never really fit in my schools and I love Wolsey Hall! One of my teachers replied to my message already and it really touched me how much you want to us succeed and put no unnecessary pressure on us. I am really grateful you have no idea. Have a lovely evening and don’t worry, I’m getting my working mode on. Just wanted to say your heart for the students doesn’t go unnoticed!
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