This A Level is included within the Creative Studies A Level pathways as a Recommended Core subject. However, you can choose Art: Historical Practice with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
Historical Practice is a unique way to study the History of Art without the need for any timed written exams. The course is assessed 100% through your own coursework. This course will give you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of key artists and the times in which they worked.
In Year One you will explore a range of themes in History of Art including mythological, contemporary and symbolic art. You will learn about the role of curators in museums, and how to design and create your own exhibitions.
Then in Year Two you will specialise further and create another exhibition or create a unique personal practical response. You will produce a separate related study and will also receive an externally set task, where you select a theme and create another exhibition or produce practical work in your preferred way.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including GCSE grade 4/C or above in English, and preferably a GCSE grade 4/C in Art. If you have not taken Art at GCSE but have an interest in History, then this course would be suitable for you.
Future career and study opportunities
This course will allow direct access to a wide range of careers, for example: Curation, Art Conservation, Archivist, Gallery Consultant, Art Manager, Art Therapist, Architect, Fashion, Interior Design and Careers in the leisure, art, and creative industries.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but offers other activities to help you develop employability skills. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
All materials will be available for you to use in our fully stocked and open studios. The course includes visits to museums, galleries and art events, for which you will be asked to pay for, but costs are kept to a minimum. As you further your skills, you may decide to purchase your own art materials, which we can advise you on.