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Geography or Environmental science A levels?

Picking my A level subjects soon, and I am stuck between these two. Which one is easier, which one is more essay based and which one is more memorisation based? Are they content heavy subjects?

Thanks! :smile:
What other A level subjects are you going to take?
Do you have any idea what you might do at Uni, or as a career?
Original post by McGinger
What other A level subjects are you going to take?
Do you have any idea what you might do at Uni, or as a career?

I am taking biology and chemistry, I would like to do medicine.

I want to make sure I do really good at biology and chemistry, so I would like to have an A-level that is easy and not really content heavy. My other options (other than geography and environmental science) are business, economics, psychology or maths.
Original post by School_Student99
I am taking biology and chemistry, I would like to do medicine.
I want to make sure I do really good at biology and chemistry, so I would like to have an A-level that is easy and not really content heavy. My other options (other than geography and environmental science) are business, economics, psychology or maths.

Oh yh, and sociology

I'm struggling to decide, because I heard that maths is looked upon better, but Im worried that I might not get an A, which would stop be doing medicine.

I would like to do the "easiest" subject out of those
Talk to the relevant teachers, and have a look at the course materials - and think about which of the topics your school teaches within these subjects actually interest you the most, and therefore which subject you would enjoy studying more. That will be where your 3rd A grade comes from and thats far more likely if you like/enjoy what you are studying.
Original post by McGinger
Talk to the relevant teachers, and have a look at the course materials - and think about which of the topics your school teaches within these subjects actually interest you the most, and therefore which subject you would enjoy studying more. That will be where your 3rd A grade comes from and thats far more likely if you like/enjoy what you are studying.
Thanks for the help! I would absolutely enjoy environmental science and geography, I wouldn't prefer either. I just want to know the differences between the two, is one generally percieved as "harder" than the other? Is one of them essay based while the other is memorisation based?
Original post by School_Student99
Thanks for the help! I would absolutely enjoy environmental science and geography, I wouldn't prefer either. I just want to know the differences between the two, is one generally percieved as "harder" than the other? Is one of them essay based while the other is memorisation based?

Its very unlikely that anyone here will have done both - a) because Environmental Science isnt a common A level subject, and b) because of subject overlap most schools would not advise taking both subjects.
Original post by School_Student99
Thanks for the help! I would absolutely enjoy environmental science and geography, I wouldn't prefer either. I just want to know the differences between the two, is one generally percieved as "harder" than the other? Is one of them essay based while the other is memorisation based?
Hiya! i do alevel geography and to be honest because i do AQA geography, i can see it being an essay based subject. Although theres lots of science to it we do have to sit two exams and an NEA (roughly around 3000-4000 words) There are 2 geography papers, one for physical and one for human geography. For paper 1, you will have to answer to a (3x) 4 marker, (3x) 6 marker, (2x) 9 markers and (3x) 20 markers in 2hrs and 30 mins ( you will do the same for paper 2 ) so yeah this would seem essay based. Also im presuming that the exam board for environmental science is also AQA and although its an uncommon alevel i am looking at past papers of this and it actually looks more calmer and the amount of 1 marker and 2 marker questions are making me jealous and the how you only have to write one essay. For my schools after we finished our gcses exams, we had a taster day of the subjects that we were interested to. If your school does that why dont you join the taster lessons for both geography and environmental science and see which one interests you more and dont mind doing it for 2 years. If your school does not do that, why dont you have a word with the geog and environmental science teachers. Also remember if you happen to change your mind and you've already started sixth form, you can always switch your subjects in september and maybe early october.
Original post by school_student99
Picking my A level subjects soon, and I am stuck between these two. Which one is easier, which one is more essay based and which one is more memorisation based? Are they content heavy subjects?
Thanks! :smile:

Hi I do environmental science and my friend does both geography and environmental science. Environmental science is extremely content based and the textbook is awful (not an official AQA textbook) but it gets you by. There’s also no external resources for help, and because no one really does environmental science AQA is quite frankly lazy with the exams (for example just asking silly questions and ridiculous maths questions). However the content is extremely easy and as long as you can memorise the (ridiculous) amount of content then the exam questions are easy. Geography and environmental science over lap a lot but my friend finds geography a million times harder especially with how little time you get in geography to write your essays. In the environmental science exam you get three hours which is more than enough for 95 marks worth of short questions and one 25 marker Environmental science has very mundane topics like soil, energy etc but also some fun ones. Geography is more respected and if you struggle there is many external resources for help and I think my friend finds geography somewhat interesting. Overall enviroentmal science is the bane of my existence, and geography is the bane of hers, so my best advice is to do neither icl.

Hope that helped.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by luccigucci
Hi I do environmental science and my friend does both geography and environmental science. Environmental science is extremely content based and the textbook is awful (not an official AQA textbook) but it gets you by. There’s also no external resources for help, and because no one really does environmental science AQA is quite frankly lazy with the exams (for example just asking silly questions and ridiculous maths questions). However the content is extremely easy and as long as you can memorise the (ridiculous) amount of content then the exam questions are easy. Geography and environmental science over lap a lot but my friend finds geography a million times harder especially with how little time you get in geography to write your essays. In the environmental science exam you get three hours which is more than enough for 95 marks worth of short questions and one 25 marker Environmental science has very mundane topics like soil, energy etc but also some fun ones. Geography is more respected and if you struggle there is many external resources for help and I think my friend finds geography somewhat interesting. Overall enviroentmal science is the bane of my existence, and geography is the bane of hers, so my best advice is to do neither icl.
Hope that helped.

Thank you so much! Seeing as geography is more essay based, I will probably go with environmental science. Thanks again!
Original post by blind-ranger
Hiya! i do alevel geography and to be honest because i do AQA geography, i can see it being an essay based subject. Although theres lots of science to it we do have to sit two exams and an NEA (roughly around 3000-4000 words) There are 2 geography papers, one for physical and one for human geography. For paper 1, you will have to answer to a (3x) 4 marker, (3x) 6 marker, (2x) 9 markers and (3x) 20 markers in 2hrs and 30 mins ( you will do the same for paper 2 ) so yeah this would seem essay based. Also im presuming that the exam board for environmental science is also AQA and although its an uncommon alevel i am looking at past papers of this and it actually looks more calmer and the amount of 1 marker and 2 marker questions are making me jealous and the how you only have to write one essay. For my schools after we finished our gcses exams, we had a taster day of the subjects that we were interested to. If your school does that why dont you join the taster lessons for both geography and environmental science and see which one interests you more and dont mind doing it for 2 years. If your school does not do that, why dont you have a word with the geog and environmental science teachers. Also remember if you happen to change your mind and you've already started sixth form, you can always switch your subjects in september and maybe early october.

Thank you so much!
Original post by School_Student99
Picking my A level subjects soon, and I am stuck between these two. Which one is easier, which one is more essay based and which one is more memorisation based? Are they content heavy subjects?
Thanks! :smile:

Heyy.
Based on the fact that u are doing bio and chem i think you said, you should definitely choose environmental sciene. I did both environmental and geography, they were both really easy but geography has a coursework which may have an impact on your other a levels in terms of putting time into it. And the coursework is worth 20% of your grade and you arent always given help or guidance on how to get high scores for it. geography does have more online resources for the topic but you can definitely find good resources for environmental science. I would say es is easier too and less essay based than geography depending on the exam board for geo. Message me if u have questions or reply :smile:)
Original post by Zazalaza
Heyy.
Based on the fact that u are doing bio and chem i think you said, you should definitely choose environmental sciene. I did both environmental and geography, they were both really easy but geography has a coursework which may have an impact on your other a levels in terms of putting time into it. And the coursework is worth 20% of your grade and you arent always given help or guidance on how to get high scores for it. geography does have more online resources for the topic but you can definitely find good resources for environmental science. I would say es is easier too and less essay based than geography depending on the exam board for geo. Message me if u have questions or reply :smile:)

Thank you so much! I think I will probably choose environmental science then, as it is less essay based and less content that I have to learn separately when paired with biology and chemistry. Just one question, if I were to apply for medicine, would having environmental science as my 3rd A level put me at any sort of disadvantage?

Thanks!
Original post by School_Student99
Thank you so much! I think I will probably choose environmental science then, as it is less essay based and less content that I have to learn separately when paired with biology and chemistry. Just one question, if I were to apply for medicine, would having environmental science as my 3rd A level put me at any sort of disadvantage?
Thanks!

It won't put you at any disadvantage as long as you study chemistry and biology i think. I would suggest looking at university entry requirements for medicine for which ever universities you are planning to apply for. You should also check uni rankings too if u are struggling to choose.
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Original post by School_Student99
Thanks for the help! I would absolutely enjoy environmental science and geography, I wouldn't prefer either. I just want to know the differences between the two, is one generally percieved as "harder" than the other? Is one of them essay based while the other is memorisation based?

my teacher teaches enviro and geography and says geography is much easier. as an enviro student it’s surprisingly interesting but i would say it’s harder than biology
Original post by cmm.cmm
my teacher teaches enviro and geography and says geography is much easier. as an enviro student it’s surprisingly interesting but i would say it’s harder than biology

Thanks for the info, which exam boards are they?
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Original post by School_Student99
Thanks for the info, which exam boards are they?
enviro is aqa but i’m not sure about geography
Original post by cmm.cmm
enviro is aqa but i’m not sure about geography

Thanks for the help! Seeing as geography is apparently easier, I might pick that. However, some people are telling me that geography A level doesn't give you enough time to finish the paper

It is kind of putting me off. I know geography is kind of essay based, which I don't mind, but apparently there isn't enough time to answer each essay- unlike environmental science, which has a lot of one mark questions

Is this true for geography? thanks again for the help
Reply 18
Original post by School_Student99
Thanks for the help! Seeing as geography is apparently easier, I might pick that. However, some people are telling me that geography A level doesn't give you enough time to finish the paper
It is kind of putting me off. I know geography is kind of essay based, which I don't mind, but apparently there isn't enough time to answer each essay- unlike environmental science, which has a lot of one mark questions
Is this true for geography? thanks again for the help

i don’t do geography so i don’t know but environmental science had a 25 marker and 9 marker and lots of 4&5 markers but not many 1 markers. but you get 3 hours which is plenty of time
Original post by cmm.cmm
i don’t do geography so i don’t know but environmental science had a 25 marker and 9 marker and lots of 4&5 markers but not many 1 markers. but you get 3 hours which is plenty of time

Thanks for all the help :smile:

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