Geography NEA word count help?!Watch
My final NEA was over 22,000 words. In my opinion, the "recommendation" for between 3000-4000 words is nonsense and not long enough. Everyone in my experience their NEA was much longer.
It is recommended that students write between 3000 and 4000 words for their independent investigation. Students will not be specifically penalised on the basis of the length of their written report. However, excessively high or low word counts may restrict students’ ability to evidence the skills outlined in the marking criteria.
Mine was 10,000 words in the end and I got an A*. In my experience, everyone went over the guide of 3-4000 words, so don't worry about it. If the 7000 words are all useful and contribute to your study, then going over the word limit isn't an issue. It's only an issue if you're waffling unnecessary, which I'm sure you're not doing. To be honest, 3-4,000 words is hard to achieve for a detailed study.