GCE History of Art (2016)

Please note that the last opportunities for assessment for this qualification are Summer 2019 (AS) and Summer 2020 (A2); after that, the qualification will be withdrawn.

The CCEA GCE History of Art specification explores some of the most significant developments in western art, architecture and design from classical Greek and Roman times to the end of the twentieth century.

It brings to life, in visual form, aspects of human history such as society, religion, philosophy, politics, science and technology, ranging from learning about whole societies to understanding the enduring impact of individual innovators and visionaries.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, students learn about some of the key influential periods of art history and deepen their knowledge and understanding of art history contexts, and seismic developments in architecture, craft and design.

Students who continue to A2 can build on their learning by studying further influential periods of art history, such as twentieth century and postmodernist art, right up to the present day.

This specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: Art: Selected Art Greek–1945
  • Unit AS 2: Architecture, Craft and Design, Visual Analysis and Interpretation
  • Unit A2 1: Art: Selected Art High Renaissance–Present
  • Unit A2 2: Architecture, Craft and Design, Visual Analysis, Interpretation and Connecting Knowledge.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2019
First award of A level: from Summer 2020
QAN AS level: 601/8411/5
QAN A level: 601/8413/9
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 3830

Skills developed through our GCE History of Art

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Through this course students develop observational, analytical, interpretive, critical, creative, visual and communication skills. These skills have wide application, particularly in a world increasingly dominated by visual imagery. They learn the skills of research, investigation, and discussion, and how to visually appraise both known and unseen works in the disciplines of painting, sculpture and architecture.

Future careers might include working as a curator, editing and publishing, writing and reviewing, or museum, heritage and restoration work.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235
Anne McGinn
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2263