Online Course : Studying History with Simon – ‘Boudicca’ Group : Term 6

Please note, this course is exclusively for students who have already participated in Terms 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 - The Boudicca Group

Some of us left school with a passion for history; others, perhaps less well-taught, left thinking it was all about memorising dates, and never wanted to pick up another history book again.  This brand new, special course from the Learning Hub is designed to appeal to both groups, and to give you a strong grounding in a variety of historical periods, and just as importantly into the process of historical study itself.  Established Learning Hub tutor and historian, Dr Simon Gregor, will guide you through the course material, ensuring that the process is fun, engaging and informative. 

We will essentially be following the structure of one of the courses which GCSE history students might study (the Edexcel course); though we will of course be pitching it for an adult audience. Classes will include lecture style content, full-group discussion, and small-group work.  We will be studying both the history itself, and also learning about the very nature of historical enquiry and analysis, tapping into primary historical sources for the time period in question.  And the best bit – no exams, this is designed to be instructive and educational, but also fun and informal!


Modules & Terms

The entirety of the course will be broken up into six terms, each term comprising of ten weekly 90-minute long classes, spread over two years.

We will be studying five modules, across six terms, over the next two years. The modules will be:

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000-present 
  • Whitechapel c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city 
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91


Most modules will take a little over one term, allowing us to complete the course within the two-year timeframe.  The group size will be limited to up to 20 people, to enable plenty of time for discussion, and the opportunity to work in smaller break-out groups.  

Future Term dates will be confirmed with exact dates nearer the time, however they will be broken up into the following Terms over the 2 year duration:

  • Term 6: Autumn Term : 25th September - 27th November 2024


Course price

The cost of each term will be £120, for ten 90-minute classes. 

The terms will be available to book one at a time to break up the cost over the two year time period. We will do everything we can to keep days and times the same for your tuition group for the full two years.


Tuition groups

Although all the groups will study the same material, we will inevitably end up moving at a slightly different pace in each, not least as Simon wants to be able to respond to the interests and learning needs of each group.  So once you have signed up to a group, you’ll need to stick with that group right through the course.  We will do everything we can to keep days and times the same for each group for the full two years. To easily differentiate these, we have named our groups after Queens!

This group is the 'Boudicca Group' and these sessions will take place on Wednesday at 2pm – 3:30pm (approx. 90 minutes in duration) Term 6 will take place over 10 weeks; starting on Wednesday 25th September 2024 and will conclude on Wednesday 27th November 2024.


Exclusive Facebook Groups

In addition to the course experience, if you have not already joined, you will be invited to join an exclusive and private Facebook group which will be created for each tuition group. This group will enable you to connect with your fellow students and to provide a forum for discussion between classes. This will also offer an opportunity for Denman and Simon to keep you up to date with course related items, however anything essential will always be sent out via email.

Please note, there is no obligation for you to join the Facebook group. All essential information for the course will be sent via email.


Course texts

Please note, there is no requirement to purchase text books or to ‘do homework’, however Simon will sometimes recommend optional further reading or study between classes for those who want to delve deeper. 


Meet your tutor – Dr Simon Gregor

Simon Gregor has been passionate about history since he was a child studying the Tudors at secondary school!  He took his first degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, and later completed his PhD in History at the University of Wolverhampton.  He has extensive experience teaching and lecturing both in-person and online, including at Denman College and more recently for Denman at Home.  His passion for history is amplified by his love of travel, which has enabled him to visit a number of the places he teaches about, and he has been lucky enough to lead historical tours across the UK and Europe.  He is committed to making history fun, engaging and widely accessible; he also occasionally makes bad jokes, so apologies for those in advance!


Consent to share information

  • By signing up to the course, you agree to be recorded as part of each session; but recordings will only be made available to students on the course for a limited time, to catch up if you miss a session, or to re-watch the class should you wish to.
  • By signing up to this course, you will consent to your name and email address being shared with Simon so that he can send out any relevant handouts and information to you if and when applicable. Please note that none of your other personal details will be shared.



All sessions will take place via Zoom. Each 10-part term will have its own unique Zoom code created for that period. Please keep the Zoom code safe and do not share it to any external sources.



Don’t worry if you miss a live session or wish to watch anything back for clarification at a later time. Each session will be recorded to allow you to play back a recording in your own time. Denman will aim to send recording links out via email within 24 hours after each live session. All sessions will be viewable for at least 14 days afterwards.


Information documents including Zoom log in details and links to join your exclusive Facebook Group will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email after you have registered. 

(If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your spam/junk email boxes or sign into  the 'Your Account' section of the Denman website to retrieve all of your booking and course information)