Skip to content ↓

The Marlborough Science Academy

History - Key Stage 4

Students who choose to study History at Key Stage 4 will follow the AQA GCSE History course.

The areas covered in the course include:

  • Health and the People in Britain, c1000 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
  • Interwar International Relations, 1918–1939
  • Germany 1890-1945

The types of tasks that are completed are:

  • Written tasks, both short and extended answers
  • Analytical study of sources
  • Research tasks
  • Group debates and discussions
  • Use of video footage and films
  • Human timelines
  • Presentations
  • IT skills
  • Memory games
  • Fun quizzes to assess and recap knowledge
  • Use of online revision using YouTube and other resources

The course is assessed by two 2-hour written examinations:

  • Paper 1 – Germany, 1890-1945 (25%) and Conflict and Tension, 1918–1939 (25%)
  • Paper 2 – Britain: Health and the People (25%) and Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 (25%)

History is a well-established subject which colleges and employers both recognise as challenging and valuable. It develops many useful skills including the ability to interpret information, to evaluate information in order to establish if it is useful or reliable, to use information to reach a judgement and to be able to explain and justify that judgement. These are skills used in other subjects, many jobs and everyday life.

History is an excellent qualification to have for further learning and education.  It contributes towards the skills required for careers in law, journalism, and numerous corporate jobs. It also strengthens writing, communication and analytical skills essential for most jobs, it is a very popular qualification to have.

Curriculum Implementation 

Click here to view the curriculum overview implementation for History at Key Stage 4. 

Curriculum Timelines 

Click on the links below to view the timelines for History at Key Stage 4:

Curriculum Learning Journey 

Click here to view the learning journey for History at Key Stage 4. 

Click here to return to the History page.