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

Course description

The study of Pre-U History gives pupils all the benefits

of a post-16 course in history, which includes the

development of the practical critical skills relevant

to, and prized in, a wide range of careers. It is also a

fascinating subject in its own right, satisfying a desire

to understand more about human nature and the

past, and to appreciate the roots of so many of

today’s political, religious, racial and international

problems and conflicts.

Course content

More topics will be covered for Pre-U than are

expected at AS. In the first year one of your tutors

will teach a period of British and Irish history, with

an emphasis on the personality clashes of Peel,

O’Connell, Gladstone and Disraeli and the turbulent

politics of reform and protest in the nineteenth

century. The other tutor will cover a similar time

period of either European or American history

depending on options available. This will include the

conflicts surrounding German and Italian unification,

or the struggles in the USA from independence to

the twenty-first century including the Civil War, the

Great Depression, and the 1960s. In the second year,

a shorter period of history will be studied in depth

and at present, this is Nazi Germany.

Entry requirements

It is desirable that Sixth Form history pupils have at

least grade B at GCSE History. At least a C grade in

English Language is essential.


Pre-U History consists of four papers, each worth

25% of the final grade. In the two outline papers,

studied in the Lower Sixth, you will be expected to

write analytical responses to the questions asked

and to be able to place the topic in its broader

historical framework. In the special subject paper,

studied in the Upper Sixth, you will study a set of

recommended documents and be required to

evaluate extracts from these in the examination.


There will also be an essay question. The final paper

in the Upper Sixth is the personal investigation or

coursework paper, in which you undertake a detailed

study of 3,500 to 4,000 words on an historical topic

of your choice.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

History combines well with all other arts subjects,

and is also attractive to science pupils who are

looking for a more balanced combination of subjects.


The subject, especially in this qualification, is highly

respected by both university admissions tutors and

employers, as the skills it teaches – the ability to

gather together information, analyse it and present

conclusions – are valuable for so many different

courses and professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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      Rail users may travel to Castle Cary (12 miles), Bath (30 miles), Bristol (29 miles) or Yeovil Junction (19 miles).

      By Road

      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.