History (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
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.
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.
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.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
payable before submitting your application.
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.