Art History Course


National Gallery or The Wallace Collection


9th September 2019

Additional information:

FREE Art History A Level & EPQ course
Deadline for applications 9th September 2019, 5pm

Art History Link-Up, a registered charity, is offering free taught Art History Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and A level courses for state maintained sector students in museums and galleries on term-time Saturdays.

From September 2019, students will study for a taught Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – which is the equivalent to half an A level in UCAS points and very well regarded by university admission officers – at the Wallace Collection or the National Gallery. The courses are taught by experienced specialist teachers and each student is offered membership of homework club with further support from teaching assistants  and mentors. 

The EPQ can be an essay or also any number of creative endeavours, for example a performance, film, app, or collaborative project. Two modules of the A level course, including visual analysis of  painting, sculpture and architecture, will be taught alongside the EPQ. 

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. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 9th September however students are encouraged to apply using the online form as soon as possible, it will only take 5 minutes:

Students are offered access to work experience at institutions including Art UK, the Royal Collection and the Victoria & Albert Museum, in addition to advice on FE/HE applications and careers, and membership of an alumni club. Students have the option to study a further two modules and sit the A level exam at the end of the second year.

Benefits for students:

  • Courses taught by experienced teachers 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.
  • Access to careers/FE seminars; work experience placements include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Collection, ArtUK, HENI Talks and more
  • EPQ/homework club, with snacks, plus EPQ and careers mentoring, and membership of alumni club
  • 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.
  • Students entering an EPQ do statistically better in their other results than those who do not: taking an EPQ increases the odds of achieving a high A level grade (A*-B) by 29%.
  • 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 the capital’s 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. Study materials are included

Art History 2019 Student Information

Art History 2019

Art History Link-Up Supporters’ Update 2019