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    So, I left secondary school in 2014 with 9 GCSE's all A*-C and went to study A-levels at a sixth form. However, about half way through year 12 things got tough and I could no longer handle the pressure due to an ongoing mental illness, I suffered in silence but my attendance and work became shockingly bad a couple of months before exam season and the Head of Sixth Form refused to enter me for my AS exams. Obviously this meant that I couldn't progress into A2 and so in September 2015 I began my year 12 resit (feeling much better mentall) everything was going great attendance and study wise until around Christmas time when I suffered a relapse, it went downhill from there and I ended up getting kicked out of the Sixth Form due to poor attendance without a UCAS point to my name. So, basically I want to know what my options are right now, at the minute I'm working full time at Topshop but it's not what I want to be doing years from now. With me being 18 and chronologically in year 13 does it make me too old to apply for a different sixth form to resit again? Is there any sort of access to higher education or foundation degree that I could do at my age or am I too young? Any advice will be appreciated as right now I have no idea what to do or what my options are.

    18 certainly isn't too old. Since you've never sat an actual exam, I wouldn't have thought you would have been considered a resitter either. Try ringing up a college or sixth form nearby and asking if you could attend. Make sure you make them aware of your circumstances, so that you can get continued support throughout the school year. You could perhaps try doing BTEC's as well? That way you won't have a stressful exam at the end that you may not be well enough to sit.

    Good luck with whatever you do.
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