Art History Link-Up’s FREE A level and EPQ courses for state supported students at the Courtauld Institute and online – application deadline 5pm Friday 9th September

What: Free fast-track Art History Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) & A level courses

Who: State supported sixth form students

When: Saturdays during term-time (morning or afternoon courses) in the 2022-23 academic year

Delivery: In-person and online.

Art History Link-Up, a registered charity, offers free online a fast-track Art History Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and A level courses for state supported students on term-time Saturdays.

Applications for September 2022 entry are now open! Further information, student and parent / teacher flyers, and on-line five minute application form here:

We’re delighted to announce that this year, our courses will be based at The Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 0RN. However, our courses can be taken by students from anywhere across the UK – our hybrid options can be attended in person in a dedicated teaching space, or online.

We offer two separate Saturday sessions – morning and afternoon – based around The Courtauld Gallery’s famous collection, which you will be able to study first-hand. The morning A level modules will cover “Nature in Art and Architecture” and “Power and Persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe 1597-1685”; the separate afternoon course will explore “Identities in Art and Architecture” and “Rebellion and revival: the British and French Avant-Garde (1848–99)”. Both classes will cover visual analysis and wider issues around Art History.

Find out more about the Art History A level here.

The subject offers a unique perspective and approach to history, culture, critical thinking and more. However currently Art History A level is offered in only a handful of state schools (eight at the last count).

We want to ensure more students can access this incredible subject, which is why, since 2016, we’ve offered FREE Art History courses to over 300 students from state schools across the UK. As part of Art History for Everyone, our students have the opportunity to learn about and alongside some of the world’s great works of art.

And many of our alumni are now studying Art History at some of the UK’s best universities, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and of course, the Courtauld Institute of Art itself. Read what our students have to say below and here.

Since September 2020, students have studied online for a taught Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) — equivalent to half an A level in UCAS points and highly regarded by university admission officers. The EPQ is delivered alongside two modules of the Pearson Edexcel A Level Art History course. Students have the option of continuing for a second year of the course, to study a further two modules and sit the A level Art History exam at the end of the linear course. Volunteer EPQ mentors from across associated sectors include head teachers, curators, editors and academics. The students are further supported by Dr John Taylor, a chief examiner for the EPQ.

Students are offered careers advice and guidance, as well as access to work experience at high-profile institutions including Art UK, Christie’s, the Royal Collection and the Victoria & Albert Museum. This is in addition to advice on FE/HE applications and careers, and membership of an alumni club.

All places are offered at no charge to state-maintained sector sixth form students, with priority given to candidates from a widening participation background, and to those with aptitude and ability for the course. Applications to our courses are now open, via form. By completing and submitting this form, candidates are confirming that they are eligible for the course i.e. they are in full-time state-supported sixth form education and that they intend to complete an Art History EPQ and / or to continue with a second year of the Art History A level course to sit the exams in June 2023. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 9th September, although students are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications received after 9th September however may be added to the waiting list. We will be in touch with applicants shortly after the deadline. Further information is below, with student and parent / teacher flyers available to download, alongside our online application form. Courses will begin on Saturday 24th September.

Benefits for students:

  • Courses taught by experienced teachers online and/or in dedicated teaching space with close access to the collections, and with visits to other museums and galleries arranged as appropriate to the topics being studied, and public health conditions. Find out more about our teaching team, guest lecturers and EPQ mentors here
  • Weekly homework clubs and individual EPQ and study support from AHLU’s Student Liaison Officer plus individually assigned specialist EPQ mentors from across the sector.
  • Support with university applications, access to work experience, information about careers
  • Our hybrid / online classes are interactive and run by expert teachers, with the support of a team of specialist teaching assistants who run break-out group discussion using interactive Miro whiteboard technology, and teaching resources issued via the Google Classroom. n the arts, and membership of our alumni organisation.
  • 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
  • Additional qualification: EPQ equivalent to up to half an A-level in UCAS points; it is possible to enter more than one EPQ. Students with an EPQ are more likely to obtain a good degree and to attend a Russell Group University.
  • The EPQ provides the thinking skills that HE/FE admissions staff are interested in and can be a film, performance, app, or any number of creative and collaborative endeavours.
  • Relevance and application for Art & Design students, at A level and beyond, and a wide range of other subjects
  • Access to, familiarity with and understanding of, great works of art in public collections: The course is structured around examples of art and architecture which can be experienced and studied at first-hand
  • Exam entry, and other administration, is organised by Art History Link-Up with study support and resources offered.
  • Further details about the Art History for Everyone courses are here: Art History for Everyone





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