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Geography A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

Concern for the environment has risen sharply in many walks of life.  Geography provides a particular insight into work geared to the protection and appreciation of both rural and urban environments.

Course content

Year 12:

Unit 1: Global Challenges

Global Challenges, explores two compulsory topics that look at the ‘big issues’ that face us all: Topic 1: The World at Risk and Topic 2: Going Global.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

The second unit, Geographical Investigations, brings together today’s rapid economic changes which are impacting unfairly on people across the globe.  Students will study two topics Rebranding Places, which focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban areas, using appropriate strategies and  the second topic entitled Crowded Coasts, which reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments.  There will be a compulsory residential fieldtrip as part of this unit.

Year 13:

Unit 3: Contested Planet

Contested Planet, explores one physical and one human issue.  The physical options give students the opportunity to explore how we might best manage some of the challenges we face from the natural world.  The human option explores the changing relationship between rural and urban environments.

Unit 4: Geographical Research

In the second unit studied at A2, Geographical Research, students select and study one topic from six to reflect their geographical interests.  Options include Tectonic Activity and Hazards, Life on the Margins: The Food Supply Problems, and Pollution and Human Health at Risk.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require grade B or above in Geography and English Language GCSE and a grade C or above in Maths GCSE. 

Successful completion of AS Geography with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Geography.


All units are assessed through examinations that are taken in the summer term  for both Years 12 and 13

Future opportunities

A Level Geography is a means of entry to both Science and Arts courses in colleges and universities.  Many employers welcome the study of A Level Geography.  Specific careers involving Geography include Environmental Consultancy, Regeneration Officer, Government Policy Officer, Journalism, Tourism, Teaching and Surveying, Cartography, Banking, Town Planning and the Armed Forces.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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