History (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School
The History Pre-U is challenging, rewarding and wide-ranging. Studying History at this level enhances pupils’ skills in critical analysis and encourages them to write with clarity and precision within the framework of a clearly constructed line of argument. Pupils are encouraged to discover information and ideas for themselves with the guidance of their teachers.
There is a great emphasis on independent learning as the course includes a Personal Investigation. Candidates should show a willingness to read around the subject and an ability to write clear, precise English. Very occasionally a pupil takes History in the Sixth Form without the GCSE.
Paper 1 Outline Paper 2¼ hours examination [25%]
Pupils study forty works specified by the syllabus. The works are split into the following four sections: painting, sculpture, architecture and drawing/printing/photography/collage/film.
Paper 2 Outline Paper 2¼ hours examination [25%)
There are nine possible topics. Art Historians currently study Man: the measure of all things, the Early Italian Renaissance 1400-1500 and The Shock of the New, Art and Architecture in Europe and the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Paper 3 Special Subject 2 hours 15 examination [25%]
The thematic topics are Art and Architecture in the City, Landscape, Portraiture, The Nude and Still Life. Pupils need to develop a sophisticated level of argument and analysis and be familiar with a wide range of texts.
Paper 4 Written assignment (3000 words) (externally marked with viva) (25%)
The Art History Personal Investigation engages the candidate in a piece of independent study. Pupils have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired to a new issue, area, work or body of work of their own choice.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.