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    My name is Billy, I'm 16 and I've just started Winstanley college.

    In the beginning, I found it pretty difficult to cope with the amount of work that was being loaded onto us, especially after coming from GCSE Level where they spoon feed you information that you need to know for your exams. At GCSE I took:

    • English Language: A
    • English Literature: C
    • Mathematics: C
    • Additional Science: B
    • Core Science: A
    • Chemistry: B
    • History: C
    • Computer Science: C
    • French: C

    I'm sure you can all see that science was my thing at school and mathematics was not...Unfortunately, I messed about in year 9, 10 and (most of)11 in some of my subjects, especially maths. So when it came to revising, I was still learning the basic skills that everyone else was adept in already. Due to this, I managed to scrape a C grade at GCSE and burst out in tears upon opening my GCSE results to see that C next to maths. I knew that to get into the college I wanted to, I needed a grade B in both English and maths, and every grade over a C. I cried for hours. I wasn't even home for my results, I was on holiday in Cyprus and received my results over FaceTime from my mum. I sat there in the hotel lobby and tried my up-most hardest to hold the tears back, but it didn't work. I burst out in tears. Once I had calmed down, I called my mum back, and explained why I was upset, and we had a chat. I calmed down and continued with my holiday.

    Upon arriving back in the UK, I had a one-to-one meeting with the college representatives, and they offered me a place because of the grades I achieved in my other exams. I understand that people have done so much better than me at GCSE, but I didn't care. I was so happy to be at Winstanley college. I accepted the place instantly with a massive smile stretch across my face.

    I chose my A-Level subjects;
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Psychology

    I have wanted to be a neurosurgeon for as long as I can remember and I am 100% determined to get there. My A-Level choices have been tailored to my future career and I plan to achieve, a realistic, BAA (Chemistry: B, Biology: A, Psyhology: A). It is completely unfeasible to even think that I could achieve an A* in any of the subjects, but I will be keeping this updated for any tests or mock exams that we do in any subject.

    Anyway, thanks for reading thus for
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