Dear James I decided to stick at my Science PGCE after all (I wrote to you before saying that I was having doubts) however it has now come to the time when I should start applying for jobs. I've seen quite a few out there that I'd really like to apply for but have been put off as they request an 'Excellent academic background' or 'Bio or Chem grade A or B at A Level'. I have neither of them. I did OK at GCSE but at A level (7 years ago), I really didn't care much and was more interested in VERY important teenager stuff! I even changed colleges between my As and A level and left with two E's in Chem and Bio at A level, C in Sociology and then a B in As Psychology. I managed to get into Uni as I had enough UCAS points to do a Forensic degree (awarded 2:1) and after that went on to work as a Forensic Scientist for 2.5 years. I'm really worried that the A Level grades are going to work against me as Science teaching roles are so competitive now. Will they? How do I approach this? I was thinking of leaving them out of my application but it will probably cause more embarrasement if they then ask for them at the interview stage. Has anyone else ever been through a similar situation?