Switching A Level Options just weeks before starting

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jprice5_
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I’m almost sure now that I want to switch Engineering to Chemistry before I start at sixth form in a few weeks, but is it too late to start Chemistry at the normal time if I switch now?
I don’t want to be behind as I haven’t done bridging work or extra study for it!

Aghhh
Anyone who has studied Chemistry- how was it? Did you enjoy it? Did it make you passionate about it? How much work is it and how much of a step up from GCSE Chemistry?
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I can't tell you about chemistry necessarily, apart from I know my teachers and anyone who took it says you need a passion or talent for it to do it at A-Level. What did you get at GCSE, on that note?

What I do know is that I've seen plenty of people change subject and be successful. Some people don't even do the bridging work (you just have to work hard to catch up so I would recommend being on top of it anyway though).

If you want it enough, and your GCSE was good enough, then I think it would be okay. People who took it may disagree but that's just my two pence.
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If someone else enjoys a level chem that does not mean you will as well.
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Thank you, I saw this earlier and thought I’d replied.
I ended up switching and I’ve done some extra work (along with bridging work). I’m glad I made the change. I got a 9 at Chemistry GCSE and know that I find it interesting from what I’ve done so far.

ALSO I HAVE A QUESTION!

I’ve just learnt about A-Level electron structure and that the third main shell can hold 18 electrons, the forth can hold 32. So why at GCSE are we told that each shell (after the first) can contain a maximum of 8 electrons?? And then why are ions formed of such low charges when it can take 18 electrons for a full outer shell (on the third shell)?

Do you get what I mean? I’m just v confused haha.
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