How hard is it to get an A* at A level geography?

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Apparently an A in geography is equivalent to a D in physics...so idk
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Apparently an A in geography is equivalent to a D in physics...so idk
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Last year 4.3% of people taking Geography at A level achieved an A*. https://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-r.../a-levels/2016
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Apparently an A in geography is equivalent to a D in physics...so idk
One is an essay based humanity subject, with the other being a scientific subject based on maths. Both require completely different skillsets and it is stupid to compare them.

In relation to the question; the difficulty of the subject will depend on the exam board, and since geography is a new linear course, it has yet to be determined how difficult it is going to be. I did the old legacy edexcel spec and whilst the content was straightforward, the level of detail, analysis and precision needed for an A* was high - subsequently, the grade boundaries were high, meaning you needed to work very hard for an A*.
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One is an essay based humanity subject, with the other being a scientific subject based on maths. Both require completely different skillsets and it is stupid to compare them.

In relation to the question; the difficulty of the subject will depend on the exam board, and since geography is a new linear course, it has yet to be determined how difficult it is going to be. I did the old legacy edexcel spec and whilst the content was straightforward, the level of detail, analysis and precision needed for an A* was high - subsequently, the grade boundaries were high, meaning you needed to work very hard for an A*.
Did you get the A*? I'll need an A but A* would be nice
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Did you get the A*? I'll need an A but A* would be nice
I'll let you know next Thursday. :eek:
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Hi Geography is new spec (I just did year 12 and we are the first year of new spec) so noone has done the full A-Level yet.
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If you work hard, revise case studies inside out and keep ontop of your work, its not that hard to get an A* if you love geography! I'm hoping for at least an A if not an A*, and for the previous aqa spec as long as you revised EVERYTHING its easy to gain marks because they do repeat some questions or alter the wording... The only issue I think is timing and the 40 mark essay in A2 can be based on many small topics so its hard to remember everything! But definitely achievable, I know people that have done it
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Hi Geography is new spec (I just did year 12 and we are the first year of new spec) so noone has done the full A-Level yet.
I mean geography in general, it can't be much different just because it's new spec

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If you work hard, revise case studies inside out and keep ontop of your work, its not that hard to get an A* if you love geography! I'm hoping for at least an A if not an A*, and for the previous aqa spec as long as you revised EVERYTHING its easy to gain marks because they do repeat some questions or alter the wording... The only issue I think is timing and the 40 mark essay in A2 can be based on many small topics so its hard to remember everything! But definitely achievable, I know people that have done it
So it just mainly memorising the case studies or a lot of application too? Good luck

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I'll let you know next Thursday. :eek:
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I mean geography in general, it can't be much different just because it's new spec



So it just mainly memorising the case studies or a lot of application too? Good luck



good luck
Yeah revision tehniques are the same but exam is much different now . Also there is coursework on the new spec so that will be helpful in getting an A*
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Yeah revision tehniques are the same but exam is much different now . Also there is coursework on the new spec so that will be helpful in getting an A*
How else is the exam different? And when is the coursework sat? I want to do the A level in one year
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How else is the exam different? And when is the coursework sat? I want to do the A level in one year
We have a fieldwork essay and old spec doesnt... i am not sure how else its different as I never seen old spec paper but I am sure its different .

For edexcel my coursework is based on one of the AS topics . So you would start it right after you learn the AS stuff .

I am predicted an A for AS geog but not sure whar i willngrt tbh. If i get a good grade I will be willing to help you with advice once you start the A-level
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We have a fieldwork essay and old spec doesnt... i am not sure how else its different as I never seen old spec paper but I am sure its different .

For edexcel my coursework is based on one of the AS topics . So you would start it right after you learn the AS stuff .

I am predicted an A for AS geog but not sure whar i willngrt tbh. If i get a good grade I will be willing to help you with advice once you start the A-level
Decent... Thanks a lot And good luck!!!
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Yeah revision tehniques are the same but exam is much different now . Also there is coursework on the new spec so that will be helpful in getting an A*
There is no coursework (NEA) that counts towards the final grade.
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There is no coursework (NEA) that counts towards the final grade.
Oh right my bad, I hope my exam board isn't the only one that has set coursework :lol:
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Oh right my bad, I hope my exam board isn't the only one that has set coursework :lol:
It's Ofqual who decides whether a subject has coursework or not and the exam boards (AQA, Edexcel and OCR - different rules in Wales and NI) have to comply with that so either they all do or none of them does.
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It's Ofqual who decides whether a subject has coursework or not and the exam boards (AQA, Edexcel and OCR - different rules in Wales and NI) have to comply with that so either they all do or none of them does.
Completely wrong
1) They do have coursework I have just seen the specifications
2) OCR MEI Maths has coursework but the other exam boards don't so that can't be true either
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