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KS4 History

History at The MFG

“To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child”. Cicero, Roman statesman and orator.


History at KS4

History at KS4 encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Students will be encouraged to:

  • actively engage in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
  • develop their knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history;
  • develop an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes;
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context;
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements;
  • recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their role as responsible citizens, as well as for the possible further study of history.


History at KS4 requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical periods, themes and topics studied, and their chronology through:

  • making connections and comparisons between different aspects of the periods, themes and topics studied;
  • describing, analysing and evaluating the causes and consequences of historical events and situations;
  • describing, analysing and evaluating changes and developments in the periods, themes and topics studied;
  • assessing the significance of individuals, events, developments and/or ideas in the history studied;

History at KS4 requires learners to:

  • understand, analyse and evaluate how the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways, using a range of appropriate media;
  • investigate specific historical questions, problems or issues, reviewing and reflecting on progress being made;
  • use a range of historical sources (such as written and visual sources, artefacts, film, ICT, paintings, photographs, music, oral accounts, and buildings and sites) critically in their context, deploying appropriate information and reaching reasoned conclusions.

The course will be assessed in the following ways:

Paper 1: Development study (Medicine Through Time) with the American West, 1840-1895

  • 2 hours
  • 81 marks
  • 40% of final grade

Unit 2: Source skills written paper: Developments in British Medicine 1200-1945

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 53 marks
  • 35% of final grade

Unit 3: Local Study Investigation: Controlled assessment

  • 50 marks
  • 25% of final grade

External visits at KS4

Students will visit Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire as part of their controlled assessment at the end of Year 10. They will investigate this primary piece of evidence as a way of researching and interpreting both local and national developments in English History over a period of 500 years.