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GA publishes A level results analysis 2022

The GA has published a detailed analysis of geography A level results for the summer 2022 series – the first set of exam results to be determined by external examination since 2019.

As is made clear in the analysis, the grading of these examinations was moderated to reflect the significant disruption to schools and colleges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, the grades achieved by A level geographers reflected the trend across all subjects, with outcomes higher than the most recent externally-examined year (2019) but lower than 2021, when teacher assessment was used in place of examinations.

In terms of exam entries, the analysis shows an increase of 6.2% from 2021, continuing the trend of recent years. As a result of higher entries and a higher share of entries, geography returned to the top ten of subjects by entry in 2022. It retained its status as a gender-balanced, large A level (with 47.4% female entries) and was also less skewed toward ‘the south’ than many other subjects.

GA Chief Executive Alan Kinder said,

‘On behalf of the GA, I would like to extend our congratulations to students, teachers and schools across the country for their achievements in this year’s A level geography examinations. Following a period of disruption to education not seen for generations, the determination of A level geographers to ‘stay the course’ and to succeed shines through in these results. Not only does the entry data show geography growing in popularity as a subject, they also paint a picture of a discipline of interest to and relevance for all students, regardless of who they are or where they live.

‘Many of these A level geographers will go on to study geography at university. Others will use their geographical knowledge and skills to pursue other career paths. We wish them all the very best in the future, secure in the knowledge that geography will help them shape that future in so many ways.’

Download the GA’s in-depth A level results analysis here.