Welcome to the History Department

Departmental Courses
  • GCSE History
  • GCE History

This department also teaches the linked subjects of Sociology, Citizenship and Politics. Our core aim is to teach young people about the world they live in and how it came to be the way it is today.

We hope to inspire them to be enquiring individuals who develop a lifelong love of learning and finding out more about their world and its people.

At Key Stage 3 we take a broadly thematic approach which is rooted in 3 different time periods. This, we believe, allows students both to make connections between aspects of life at different periods and also embeds a strong sense of chronology. Our 6 themes are: everyday life, conflict, migration and settlement, power and democracy, UK unity and empires. In Year 7 pupils learn about these 6 themes across the time period of 1066 up to the end of the Tudors in 1603. In Year 8 the same 6 themes are explored but this time with a focus on 1603-1900. In Year 9 the themes are revisited with a focus on the 20th and early part of the 21st centuries. Although the course is mostly focused on the story of the UK there is a significant amount of history of other parts of the world that is covered too. There is an assessment built into each of these 6 themes and these are one of three types: use of historical sources, extended essay writing or simple factual recall.

GCSE History (AQA)

Why study GCSE History?
Studying GCSE History will help you understand the present and provide you with a basis for your role as a responsible citizen. It will also help you develop your skills as an independent learner and a critical thinker. GCSE History will also give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of how the past has been represented, interpreted and given significance for different reasons and purposes. So understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human. That, in a nutshell, is why History matters. It is not just ‘useful’, it is essential.

Topics include:
America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
Elizabethan England, c1568–1603


About the course
The A-Level History course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time so that students will develop a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. We believe that the topics we have selected will not only cultivate an interest in history, but it will also equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed as historians.
A-Level History students will study two topics that have a chronological range of at least 200 years and contain a British and non-British study. The breadth study we have chosen to study is “The Tudors: England, 1485–1603” and the depth study is “France in Revolution, 1774–1815”.

How you will be assessed
A-Level History course is a two-year qualification that is assessed through written examinations and a historical investigation. The overall qualification awarded is solely based on the marks attained during the A-Level (second year) course although the content in this unit is based on what has been studied over the course of both the AS and A-Level units.

If there are specific issues for students, subject teachers will endeavour to help in-person or through email correspondence: j.preece@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk.