Art History EPQ & A Level

Date of past event:

10th September 2018


FREE Art History EPQ and A level courses on term-time Saturdays at museums and galleries

Do you like art? Then study for a free Art History EPQ with us in museums and galleries!

– An EPQ is the equivalent of up to half an A level in UCAS points

– You can submit up to 3 EPQs in total

– An EPQ can be a film, performance, app, or loads of other creative projects as well as a dissertation!

– An EPQ increases other A level results, and the odds of A*-B by 29%

– The EPQ is part of an A level Art History course with the option of taking Art History A level, based at the National Gallery or Wallace Collection, on term-time Saturday mornings or afternoons.

For more information and to apply online – five minutes maximum –


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 22nd September 2018, 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. it is possible to submit more than one EPQ qualification. Students will be supported throughout.

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 10th September however students are encouraged to apply using the online form as soon as possible:

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

Further information about Art History A level:

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.Topics studied at the Wallace Collection will be “Nature in Art and Architecture” and “Power and Persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe 1597-1685”, and at the separate National Gallery course, “Identities in Art and Architecture” and “Invention and Illusion: The Renaissance in Italy 1420-1520”.  Art History A level is currently only offered in a handful of state maintained sector schools, eight at the last count. Yet in 2017-18, students from over 25 different state schools studied Art History with us, learning alongside some of the greatest works of art in the world.  plus a lot of fun: read what our students have to say below and here: This is the third year of the Art History for Everyone programme: you can find out more about the opportunities and benefits in this blog on Art UK’s site: