New Exam Board

Please be advised that the exam board for Art History has been updated to Edexcel:
Information about the new Edexcel AS and A levels in History of Art (2017) for students and teachers, including the draft specification and other key documents.

This course develops students’ understanding of the relationship between society and art; art historical terms, concepts and issues; the influence of cultural, social and political factors, as well as developments in materials, techniques and processes of both art and architecture over time. 

The initial Visual Analysis unit delivers the core skills of visual literacy and understanding, a vital skill in today’s visual world. The inclusion of Specified Artists and a selection of works from beyond the European tradition provides clear guidance on areas of study and reflects the need for an appropriate global specification in our modern world. The five Periods give the opportunity to study some of the most significant and exciting eras of Art and Architecture in depth. Students will continue to build on and develop their skills of Visual Literacy and their knowledge base as they expand from the breadth of the Themes to the greater detail of Period study. All elements of this course equip students with skills for higher education and beyond: art history’s inter-disciplinary benefits are key to this, as are the requirements for all students to learn to analyse, research and to create substantiated reasoned argument in written form.
A Level Fine ExamArt (linear): 7202/C 7202X
Exam Board: AQA
A-level art is the culmination of all art study at school and it builds on all the skills learnt at KS3 and GCSE to produce even more independent and individual work informed by thorough cultural investigations. It is important to those who choose a creative path in life and can also be a highly valuable complement to other subjects, such as science and English. It is ultimately about problem-solving and taking risks. 
Year 1 (September to April ): Foundation style course where students are introduced to a variety of materials and techniques which they can explore under set themes.
Year 1-2 (April-January 31st): Personal Investigation where students pick a theme they wish to pursue in great depth supported by an essay.
Year 2 (February 1st – May): Externally Set Assignment where students respond to one theme from eight chosen by the exam board.
Students should be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen areas of study. Knowledge of art, craft and design should be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials. Students are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.
Component 1 Personal investigation (60%) 96 marks
This is a practical investigation supported by written material.
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. 
Component 2 Externally set assignment (40%) 96 marks
Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
Preparatory period – from 1 February
Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.
Supervised time – 15 hours
Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive.
In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. 

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