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History A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

It has been said that History is ‘an illumination of the soul’, History ‘answers all questions’ and that those ‘who fail to understand History are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past’.

History at Fairfax School endeavours to give students a sound of understanding into the past and includes exciting and relevant material. The British topic is about the Tudor dynasty; the challenges to Henry VIIs reign, the character and relationships of Henry VIII and his successors, including Mary and Elizabeth, and the country’s ongoing religious problems. Students will also develop their understanding of Germany’s history in a second topic, the Weimar Republic; a brief period of democracy which collapsed making way for the Nazis, Hitler’s treatment of the Jews and the development of the Terror state. Students will also work individually using primary sources and historians’ interpretations to produce an extended piece of writing on Civil Rights in the USA. This develops their skills as historians as well as allowing them to explore a fascinating period of time.

History at Fairfax School is an absorbing and exciting course of study, enabling students to develop their skills as well as satisfying their curiosity about the past.

Course content


Democracy and Nazism 1918-1945
The Tudors 1485-1603

Paper 1 - 50%
Paper 2 - 50%


Democracy and Nazism 1918-1945
The Tudors 1485-1603
Civil Rights In America* (done only by students doing the full A level)

40% each and there is additionally a piece of which is worth 20%.

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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