Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Can I just clarify that this is the reason you have been refused the job?
Have you asked them why?
Ok but have you asked the question?
Hi the Equality Act 2010 applies to recruitment as well as to people in the job. As you have a disability under the Act the Fire Service has duties to you under that Act in dealing with Job applications. Even if it is normally a requirement of the employer that you have those grades it could amount to a reasonable adjustment and/ or to Direct DIscrimination if they outright refuse to allow you to apply in those circumstances.
This is the reason I was asking if you had raised it with them. If you have asked them if you can apply and they have refused then potentially they are in breach of the Act.
If you haven't raised the issue with them then you should do.
So to go back to my original point, have you asked them whether your GCSE's were the reason you were unsucessful?
Well that's just not good enough. I would suggest you write to them to say that in the absence of objective feedback you can only assume that this is due to your GCSE grades which amounts to discrimination contrary to the Equality Act. If you do not receive an adequate response you will have nothing to lose by submitting a claim at www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk both on the basis that the decision to reject you was discriminatory and the decision not to let you apply again in the future is discriminatory.
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