History is a popular and thriving subject amongst the students at St Edward's. We pride ourselves in our innovative teaching, interesting choice of topics and the varying educational visits which we are able to offer to students across all key stages. We teach a variety of overviews and studies in depth during each year and encourage students not only to learn and understand global history, but also to challenge the accepted norms through source analysis.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 follow a course including History study skills and a focus on Medieval Europe.

The units that are studied in Year 7 are:  Background basics / The Norman invasion / How did William secure control of England? / The Castle project / The Medieval Church / The Murder of Thomas Beckett / The Crusades / The Black death / The Peasants Revolt / Lessons on Medieval life / Local History - Medieval Poole - and Harry Paye the Pirate / The Wars of the Roses / How far was life different in the Tudor period?

Year 8 students consider Great Revolutions in History from 1500-1800.

The topics that are studied in Year 8 are: The Religious Revolution: The Terrible Tudors / The English Revolution: The Stuarts and the Civil Wars / The French Revolution / Industrial Revolution / A presentation topic getting students to argue who was the Greatest Britain.

Year 9 students focus on more recent historical events and focus on the making of the modern world. The topics that students cover are: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire / The history of the Black Peoples of the Americas / Why did the Titanic Sink / The First World War / Why were people able to vote? / The Second World War / The Holocaust / The Cold War, finishing with a genuine murder mystery.

Key Stage 4

"To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child" said Cicero, a famous chap from ancient Rome.  Whether or not this is true you can't deny that without understanding the choices people from the past made, today's mixed up world simply makes no sense.  This is the brand new GCSE course which enables students to study a wide range of fascinating topics which set the scene for the modern world.  It celebrates the highs, lows and bizarre features of mankind over the last thousand years with units on British and global historical events.  We also hope to take students to Belgium and France to study the First World War battlefields which forms a core part of the course.

Paper 1 - Understanding the Modern World

  • The causes and events of World War One: 1894-1918
  • Germany: Democracy and Nazi Dictatorship: 1890-1945

Paper 2 - Shaping Britain

  • Power and people 1170 to the present day. Includes a study of major events in Britain
  • Elizabethan England 1567-1603. Major events include American exploration, English rebellions and the Spanish Armada

Method of Assessment

Exam board: AQA

Exam structure: 2 external exams, 1 hour 45 minutes each

Key Stage 5

History A level follows the OCR A Level History programme and consists of 3 taught options and a personal study which revolve around British and international events.

The British units include the Stuart monarchy and English Civil Wars (1603-1660) and the rebellions against the Tudor Governments (1485-1603).  The international unit looks at the Cold War in Europe in depth (1945-1990).

The personal study is a coursework element and is an in depth examination of a subject which the students have a considerable degree of choice over and topics chosen range from modern studies of the Gulf Wars to further back into Medieval issues.

Pathways after Year 11

History is worth studying because it's interesting but it's good to know the skills are essential in many lines of employment.  Students will be taught how to present intelligent arguments in debates and also how to structure their written work sot htat they can present these in writing as well.  Additionally, the ability to challenge and look at evidence is an important one so that you don't merely accept anything at face value.  Therefore, History is excellent for anyone considering a career which involves writing, like journalism or a job which requires evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions such as doctors, lawyers, police and even a career in business.  Additionally, History also involves looking at different accounts of events written by individuals; those who wish to have jobs interacting with people, such as teachers and nurses, may find the insight invaluable.

Course Contact

Mr J Adams

History Subject Leader