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Is it too late for me

I'm a year 12 student doing Maths, Physics and Biology with Mechanical engineering planned in the future. I have come to realise that I absolutely despise Biology and wish I would've picked Chemistry instead. During IGCSEs I have gotten a similar result in both, Chemistry being 2% higher. The reason as to why I decided on Biology is because I have heard horror stories about Chemistry from upperclassmen and my teacher at the time told me that I'd probably not be able to handle it. I'm in love with the material properties and get excited about the reactions, products, bonds etc but I know that just liking the subject isn't enough. By the way, I'm predicted an A in Physics and Maths but a low B/high C in Biology. Should I just push through? Could I relearn Chemistry GCSE material and AS in one summer? Thanks
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You can change in theory - I dropped computer science towards the end of year 12, picking up more Engineering instead.

This is something you would be better off discussing with your school. You will probbaly have to fight to be able to swap.

Realistically speaking, do you think you would be able to learn the whole AS syllabus in 6 weeks?
Original post by zerere
I'm a year 12 student doing Maths, Physics and Biology with Mechanical engineering planned in the future. I have come to realise that I absolutely despise Biology and wish I would've picked Chemistry instead. During IGCSEs I have gotten a similar result in both, Chemistry being 2% higher. The reason as to why I decided on Biology is because I have heard horror stories about Chemistry from upperclassmen and my teacher at the time told me that I'd probably not be able to handle it. I'm in love with the material properties and get excited about the reactions, products, bonds etc but I know that just liking the subject isn't enough. By the way, I'm predicted an A in Physics and Maths but a low B/high C in Biology. Should I just push through? Could I relearn Chemistry GCSE material and AS in one summer? Thanks


No it's not late.
Original post by zerere
I'm a year 12 student doing Maths, Physics and Biology with Mechanical engineering planned in the future. I have come to realise that I absolutely despise Biology and wish I would've picked Chemistry instead. During IGCSEs I have gotten a similar result in both, Chemistry being 2% higher. The reason as to why I decided on Biology is because I have heard horror stories about Chemistry from upperclassmen and my teacher at the time told me that I'd probably not be able to handle it. I'm in love with the material properties and get excited about the reactions, products, bonds etc but I know that just liking the subject isn't enough. By the way, I'm predicted an A in Physics and Maths but a low B/high C in Biology. Should I just push through? Could I relearn Chemistry GCSE material and AS in one summer? Thanks


No, it's not late.
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Original post by StevenWong1
You can change in theory - I dropped computer science towards the end of year 12, picking up more Engineering instead.
This is something you would be better off discussing with your school. You will probbaly have to fight to be able to swap.
Realistically speaking, do you think you would be able to learn the whole AS syllabus in 6 weeks?

Fair enough 😅
Were you able to adapt to Engineering well? Extra tutoring or on your own?
Thank you for the reply!
Reply 5
Original post by zerere
I'm a year 12 student doing Maths, Physics and Biology with Mechanical engineering planned in the future. I have come to realise that I absolutely despise Biology and wish I would've picked Chemistry instead. During IGCSEs I have gotten a similar result in both, Chemistry being 2% higher. The reason as to why I decided on Biology is because I have heard horror stories about Chemistry from upperclassmen and my teacher at the time told me that I'd probably not be able to handle it. I'm in love with the material properties and get excited about the reactions, products, bonds etc but I know that just liking the subject isn't enough. By the way, I'm predicted an A in Physics and Maths but a low B/high C in Biology. Should I just push through? Could I relearn Chemistry GCSE material and AS in one summer? Thanks

Hi, I studied Biology at A level and in my opinion I think biology is a good choice for A levels. Unless your very good at chemistry or physics or maths its actually very hard to get a high grade as the grade boundaries are very high. Whereas in biology the main thing u have to do is just memorise processes although the exam questions can be a bit annoying. You just have to give yourself enough time to memorise the whole textbook :smile:. Having put the same effort into biology and chemistry I managed an A* in bio and an A in chem although i got a higher percentage in chemistry lol. Chemistry questions are very difficult and biology questions are more confusing. That being said chemistry AS should be very easy for you to learn over the summer, the biggest shock will be going from AS physics to the second year lol.

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