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hi, i am in year 12 and we have recently began discussing the nea and we have been told that we need to choose what to do it on over the next few weeks so that they can submit the initial idea to the exam board and so on. i am aiming high in my alevels and i want to do well in my coursework but i am stressing about what to do it on. at the moment i am thinking about doing it on regeneration in valencia but would that put me at a disadvantage if i was to do my coursework about somewhere that isn’t in the uk? furthermore, if i was to ask ‘to what extent has the regeneration in valencia been a success?’ would that be too bland? and then go on to talk about the social, economic and environmental impacts. if doing my project on valencia would put me at a disadvantage, i was thinking about doing the same question but about regeneration in manchester instead so which one is more likely to get me better marks?? i know for a fact that i want to do my project on human geography so if you have any other suggestions then please let me know!!
Original post by mayvitale
hi, i am in year 12 and we have recently began discussing the nea and we have been told that we need to choose what to do it on over the next few weeks so that they can submit the initial idea to the exam board and so on. i am aiming high in my alevels and i want to do well in my coursework but i am stressing about what to do it on. at the moment i am thinking about doing it on regeneration in valencia but would that put me at a disadvantage if i was to do my coursework about somewhere that isn’t in the uk? furthermore, if i was to ask ‘to what extent has the regeneration in valencia been a success?’ would that be too bland? and then go on to talk about the social, economic and environmental impacts. if doing my project on valencia would put me at a disadvantage, i was thinking about doing the same question but about regeneration in manchester instead so which one is more likely to get me better marks?? i know for a fact that i want to do my project on human geography so if you have any other suggestions then please let me know!!

Hi, I would recommend you aim to collect your data within the UK. This is mostly due to if there is an error in your data collection and you have to repeat it, well you will have to go back out to Valencia and I think it would be quite hard to justify why it was advantageous to select Valencia as a focus point. Another advantage is that there is most likely quite a lot of previous studies on Manchester, so that will help you a lot in your lit review. Hope this helps :smile:
Original post by mayvitale
hi, i am in year 12 and we have recently began discussing the nea and we have been told that we need to choose what to do it on over the next few weeks so that they can submit the initial idea to the exam board and so on. i am aiming high in my alevels and i want to do well in my coursework but i am stressing about what to do it on. at the moment i am thinking about doing it on regeneration in valencia but would that put me at a disadvantage if i was to do my coursework about somewhere that isn’t in the uk? furthermore, if i was to ask ‘to what extent has the regeneration in valencia been a success?’ would that be too bland? and then go on to talk about the social, economic and environmental impacts. if doing my project on valencia would put me at a disadvantage, i was thinking about doing the same question but about regeneration in manchester instead so which one is more likely to get me better marks?? i know for a fact that i want to do my project on human geography so if you have any other suggestions then please let me know!!

Hi @mayvitale
My best advise is to pick a topic for your NEA that your most interested in as you will be required to study it in great detail.
Maybe look if there has been similar projects around regeneration in Valencia/Manchester and that themes they have explored if you want to pick a slightly more specific question, and also look at what methods they have used in similar case studies and see if you could repeat some of these.
The only think about doing fieldwork abroad is that if you feel you want to go back at a later date and collect more data this will be alot harder if the study area isn't in the UK, but thats a personal decision.
Hope this helps, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster student ambassador)
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Original post by mayvitale
hi, i am in year 12 and we have recently began discussing the nea and we have been told that we need to choose what to do it on over the next few weeks so that they can submit the initial idea to the exam board and so on. i am aiming high in my alevels and i want to do well in my coursework but i am stressing about what to do it on. at the moment i am thinking about doing it on regeneration in valencia but would that put me at a disadvantage if i was to do my coursework about somewhere that isn’t in the uk? furthermore, if i was to ask ‘to what extent has the regeneration in valencia been a success?’ would that be too bland? and then go on to talk about the social, economic and environmental impacts. if doing my project on valencia would put me at a disadvantage, i was thinking about doing the same question but about regeneration in manchester instead so which one is more likely to get me better marks?? i know for a fact that i want to do my project on human geography so if you have any other suggestions then please let me know!!

Hi,
I am in Year 13 and have just recently submitted my NEA. I did it on "To what extent has regeneration in Hong Kong improved inequality between ethnic groups?". I won't say that doing your NEA abroad put you at a disadvantage, however, you do need to make sure that before you leave Valencia, you have all the data collected so your planning need to be very clear. For me, I kind of already had a picture of what my NEA would look like before I left for Hong Kong.

Please also ensure that if you are collecting any responses directly from locals (eg from questionnaire or social media) you have everything translated correctly as even with translation software like Google Translate, they may be inaccurate. The way I solve this issue was by getting a DSE Geographer (equivalent to A Levels in the UK) to look through my questions.

With your other question, I feel like it could just be more specific, maybe focus only on one of social, economic or environmental. I am not sure if sub-questions are necessary for your exam board, but make sure then your main question still leave room for you sub-questions if needed.

If you got anymore questions, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help!

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