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    Basically, for my A-levels, I'm applying for two private schools... However, their entry requirements are fairly high. I'd like to take on Biology and Chemistry and they want me to get an A in both at GCSE to take these subjects on for A-level. Although I think it's quite reasonable, I will probably struggle to get an A in Biology. This is due to a number of reasons including the fact that I've been ill quite a lot and this has impacted my learning (from missing school, etc). The main issue however is my school. They are now refusing to teach the higher tier in most classes as they've decided to focus on those who are getting Ds to try and upgrade them to Cs for the obvious government statistics (the % of students who get C-A*). I am finding it very difficult to upgrade my grade in Biology as they are not teaching the higher tier, only entering a select few people for the higher exam and there is only so much I can learn from a textbook as it is not really my preferred way of learning, although I am revising as much as I can at home.
    So my question is really, do you think I would have an issue with getting in to these schools if my grade comes out at a B? Or do you think they may make an exception if it is a high B and is not far off of an A? I have asked the schools and they said that I would need an A, but I don't think they'd tell people if they do make exceptions.

    (Original post by Wholovespeanuts)
    they said that I would need an A
    tells you the answer I doubt exceptions would be made!
    Perhaps apply to a few other colleges with lower entry requirements.
    Try your best your best to get an A, you can't blame it all on the school if needs be teacher yourself!

    What exam board are you on?
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