Art History for Everyone

September 2018 – July 2019, term-time Saturdays.

Free Art History EPQ/A level courses at the Wallace Collection and National Gallery for state maintained sector students.

The deadline for applications is 10th September however students are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible:

From September 2018, students will have the opportunity to study for a taught Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) –  equivalent to half an A level in UCAS points at the National Gallery or the Wallace Collection – taught alongside two modules of the new Pearson A Level Art History course. Students have the option to study a further two modules  and sit the A level exam at the end of the second year. 

Every student is offered learning support in the form of EPQ/homework club, visiting expert advice on careers and FE/HE applications, and access to work experience in relevant sectors. Past placements include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Collection, Scala Publishers, HENI talks and ART UK. There is significant and increasing demand for places. All places are offered at no charge to state maintained sector sixth form students, with priority to candidates from a widening participation background, and to those with aptitude and ability for the course. 

Teaching takes place in dedicated teaching spaces, with close access to the permanent collections. It is envisaged that the modules taught alongside the Extended Project Qualification course at the Wallace Collection will be “Nature in Art and Architecture” and “Power and Persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe 1597-1685”. A separate taught EPQ course is based at the National Gallery based on two modules from the A level Art History specification, “Identities in Art and Architecture” and “Invention and Illusion: The Renaissance in Italy 1420-1520”. It is envisaged that the Wallace Collection course will run on Saturday mornings and the National Gallery course on Saturday afternoons from September 2018 to July 2019.

Benefits for students:

  • Additional qualification: EPQ equivalent to half an A-level in UCAS points
  • Students have the option of continuing to study a further two modules and sitting the Pearson/Edexcel A level Art History exam at the end of a second year of the course
  • Access to, familiarity with and understanding of, great works of art in the capital’s public collections: The course is structured around examples of art and architecture which can be experienced and studied at first-hand in our great collections
  • Access to careers/FE seminars; work experience placements include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Collection, ArtUK, HENI Talks and more
  • Relevance and application for Art & Design students, at A level and beyond, and a wide range of other subjects
  • EPQ/homework club following class, with snacks, plus EPQ and careers mentoring, and membership of alumni club
  • Exam entry, and other administration, is organised by Art History Link-Up. Study materials are included

For more information please visit Art History Link Up’s website: