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History (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

Course description

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.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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