note: this is based on the old course and was written 4 years ago
Geography is a fairly easy subject to do well in. You can’t really fail it, but at the same time, an A is hard work. Common sense will be enough to pass and if you’ve done geography for the JC, it’s pretty similar at LC level, just a bit more detail and more focus on the human environment rather than the physical one. A lot of it is bluff work and common sense, however to obtain a high mark, a bit of detail and accuracy is needed.
What you have to learn (~41%)
Short questions are mostly bluff work but i’d say 4% out of the 16% going for it requires some learning/work. Then you have choices which invites you to bluff! – You have to answer 3 longish questions (80mks each) from a choice of about 12 and finally – do an essay-type question (80mks). I’d say 50% or more of each question is bluff work. The geography project you have to hand up during the year is worth 20%, a good 15% is bluff work though. Overall, that totals roughly 41% learning.
What you can bluffâ€¦ (~59%)
Firstly, you have the short questions which are basically bluff work and common sense and you’re only marked on 10 out of 12. That’s worth 16% overall, a good 12% is bluff work. As i’ve said above, you then answer 3 long questions and 1 essay question, all of which could be bluffed for 50% of the marks. The project is very bluffable too – about 15% of 20% could be bluffed. That gives us an overall total bluffing mark of 59%.
The majority of Geography is bluff work/common sense. That said, don’t fall in to the trap of thinking it’s an easy A1 – it’s not. However it’s easy to pass with very little work. The project you hand up during the year also makes things easier as that’s 20% done and dusted and 20% less to worry about come June.