Art History For Everyone 2021-10-25T11:31:26+00:00

Art History For Everyone

Fast-track Art History Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and A level courses for state supported students, offered free of charge online on Saturdays during term-time in the 2020-21 academic year.

The course has been offered for the last six years to a wide range of state maintained sector students, many from BAME and/or widening participation backgrounds, on term-time Saturdays at museums and galleries.

Until March 2020, Art History for Everyone was based at two venues: the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery. Our classes pivoted online when the National Gallery and Wallace Collections closed in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. We hope to be able to return to teaching in the galleries when it is safe to be able to do so. Meanwhile our courses continue to be based around examples of works of art that can be seen in our great public museums and galleries.

Since September 2018, Art History Link-Up students have been studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is the equivalent to half an A level in UCAS points, taught alongside two modules of the new A Level Art History course, with the option to continue to sit the A level exams at the end of the two year linear A level course. Volunteer EPQ mentors from across the sectors include head teachers, curators, editors and academics. The students are further supported by Dr John Taylor, a chief examiner for the EPQ.

Our 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. Visiting lecturers to class include Professor Craig Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, the University of Oxford and Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, the National Gallery.

AHLU offers students weekly online homework clubs and individual EPQ and study support from AHLU’s Student Liaison Officer plus individually assigned specialist EPQ mentors from across the sector. We also offer students support with university applications, access to work experience, information about careers in the arts, and membership of our alumni organisation.

Delivering our courses online has allowed us to double the number of students we can offer our opportunities to, while allowing us to increase the level of support we are able to offer. Many of our students tell us they have had more teaching and support from AHLU than from their own schools throughout the last year of the pandemic. There is significant and increasing demand for places.

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Some of the tangible benefits which students have identified as a result of our courses include:

  • An additional accredited qualification, UCAS points and strengthened FE/HE
  • Career development and CV-building opportunities for a wide range of exciting and varied careers.
  • New analytical and communication skills with cross-curricular application.
  • Access to, familiarity with and understanding of works of art in the country’s great public collections.

How the scheme works

  • Students study for a taught Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – which is the equivalent of up to half an A level in UCAS points, well regarded by university admission officers and can increase exam grades – online, or at the Wallace Collection or the National Gallery on term- time Saturday mornings or afternoons, pandemic permitting. The Wallace Collection and National Gallery generously offer dedicated study space free-of-charge for the scheme.
  • The EPQ course is taught alongside two modules of the new A Level Art History syllabus at each site, so the Baroque period and Nature theme at the Wallace Collection, and the Renaissance period and Identities theme at the National Gallery. Students have the option to study a further two modules and sit the A level exam at the end of the second year.
  • Students are taught by experienced subject specialist teachers, and supported by Art History post-graduate students in homework club/study support sessions.
  • Students visit other major collections throughout the year, pandemic permitting, to learn from works of art at first hand and also benefit from visiting specialists, advice on careers and FE/HE application, and work experience opportunities.
  • All places are offered to state supported sixth form students at no charge, with priority to candidates from a widening participation background¹ and who are suited to the course.
  • To date, each year, our students come from 50-80% BAME and/or widening participation backgrounds. There is significant and increasing demand for places.
  • Students are offered an EPQ mentor to support and guide them through the EPQ process. Mentors include state maintained and independent sector teachers, including head teachers, plus doctoral candidates, writers, and museum curators, who generously give their time and expertise to support our students. The Art History for Everyone scheme also benefits from the generous support and advice of Dr John Taylor, EPQ Chief Examiner.
  • The scheme is managed by Rose Aidin, Art History Link-Up’s Chief Executive, who is a qualified Art History and Art teacher with extensive experience in both the state supported and independent sectors. Art History for Everyone builds on two years’ experience of a fast track Art History AS level scheme delivered and managed by Rose for the Association for Art History at two London state schools in 2014-16². The scheme is now run independently by Art History Link-Up and is entering its fifth successful academic year: over 100 students from more than 50 state supported schools in and around London have studied Art History with Art History Link-Up.

¹ Widening participation indicators include eligibility for Pupil Premium (i.e. free school meals) and/or a parent who has not attended FE/HE

² Two classes, taught for two hours a week as a ‘twilight’ session, after school, at St Marylebone CE School and Townley Grammar School.

Art History for Everyone is managed by Art History Link-Up, which is supported by The Rothschild Foundation, Christie’s and James Allen’s Girls’ School.

Rothschild Foundation

Art History for Everyone: Participating Students’ Schools

Acland Burghley School, Greater London
Alton College, Hampshire
Ark Globe Academy, Greater London
Ash Green School, Warwickshire
Ashmole Academy, Greater London
Aylesbury High School, Buckinghamshire
Banbridge Academy, County Down
Barking Abbey School, Greater London
Bay House School, Hampshire
Beaumont School, Hertfordshire
Bexhill College, Greater London
BHASVIC, Brighton & Hove
Big Creative Academy, Greater London
Bishops Wordsworth’s School, Wiltshire
Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, East Sussex
Buckswood School, East Sussex
Cadbury Sixth Form College, Birmingham
Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff
Cardiff High School, Cardiff
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Greater London
Caterham High School, Greater London
Chobham Academy, Greater London
Christ the King Sixth Form College, Greater London
City and Islington College, Greater London
City of Westminster College, Greater London
Clapton Girls Academy, Greater London
Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
Devenport High School for Girls, Devon
Dixons Sixth Form Academy, West Yorkshire
Duchess Community Highschool, Northumberland
Eastbury Community School, Greater London
Ecclesbourne Sixth Form, Derbyshire
Epping St John’s, Essex
Esher College, Greater London
Exeter College, Devon
Fashion Retail Academy, Greater London
Graveney School, Greater London
Greig City Academy, Greater London
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, Greater London
Hackney Community College, Greater London
Hammersmith Academy, Greater London
Hampstead School, Greater London
Harris Academy, Greenwich, Greater London
Harris Academy, Essex
Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen
The Henrietta Barnett School, Greater London
Hitchin Girls School, Hertfordshire
Holy Trinity C of E Secondary School, West Sussex
Holyport College, Berkshire
Humberston Academy, North East Lincolnshire
Jane Austen College, Norfolk
Jewish Free School (JFS), Greater London
Kingsdale Foundation School, Greater London
Kingsmead School, Staffordshire
Kingston College, Greater London
The Latymer School, Greater London
Leyton Sixth Form College, Greater London
London Academy of Excellence, Stratford, Greater London
London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham, Greater London
London Screen Academy, Greater London
Maiden Erlegh School, Berkshire
Mossbourne Community Academy, Greater London
New College Swindon, Wiltshire
Nonsuch High School for Girls, Surrey
North Cestrian School, Greater Manchester
The Northern School of Art, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool
Oak Park School, Surrey
Overton Grange School, Greater London
Parliament Hill School, Greater London
Pate’s Grammar School, Gloucestershire
Pembrokeshire College, Pembrokeshire

Piggott School, Berkshire
Pimlico Academy, Greater London
Prendergast School, Greater London
Prince Henry’s Grammar School, West Yorkshire
Priory Ruskin Academy, Lincolnshire
Prospect School, Berkshire
Queen Elizabeth Girls’ School, Greater London
Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Greater London
Robert Smyth Academy, Leicestershire
Richmond Upon Thames College, Greater London
Riddlesdown Collegiate, Greater London
Saffron Walden County High School, Essex
Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Cheshire
Sarah Bonnell School, Greater London
School 21, Greater London
Sharnbrook Academy, Bedfordshire
Silverdale School, South Yorkshire
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Kent
Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, Kent
Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Cheshire
South Essex College, Essex
South Staffordshire College, Staffordshire
Southfield School for Girls, Northamptonshire
St Bede’s School, Greater London
St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, Greater London
St George’s School, Harpendon
St James’ Catholic High School, Greater London
The Maria Fidelis FCJ Catholic School, Greater London
St Mary Magdalene Academy, Greater London
St Mary’s Catholic High School, Surrey
St Marylebone CE School, Greater London
St Michael Steiner School, Greater London
St Michael’s Catholic College, Greater London
St Paul’s School for Girls, Birmingham
St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School, Kent
Strathearn School, Belfast
Strode’s College, Surrey
Swakeleys School for Girls, Greater London
Tapton School, South Yorkshire
The Becket Sixth Form, Hertfordshire
The Bedford Sixth Form, Bedfordshire
The BRIT School, Greater London
The Cardinal Wiseman Sixth Form, Greater London
The City of London Academy, Greater London
The Compton School, Greater London
The Dukeries Academy, Nottinghamshire
The Fitzwimarc School, Essex
The Global Academy
The Grey Coat Hospital, Greater London
The King David High School, Greater Manchester
The Latymer School, Greater London
The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School, Hertfordshire
The Tiffin Girls’ School, Greater London
Three Rivers Academy, Surrey
Tiffin School, Greater London
Twyford C of E High School, Greater London
The UCL Academy, Greater London
V6 Sixth Form, Bristol
Varndean College, Brighton
Walton High, Buckinghamshire
Wanstead High School, Greater London
Watford Grammar School for Girls, Greater London
Weald of Kent Grammar School, Kent
West Hatch High School, Essex
Westminster Academy, Greater London
Westminster Kingsway College, Greater London
Wigan & Leigh College, Greater Manchester
Woodhouse College, Greater London
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicestershire
Xaverian College, Greater Manchester
Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, Swansea