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    Hi everyone. Basically I just recently qualified as a light vehicle mechanic with an NVQ level 3, I am regretful of the career path of which I chose and I would like to do something about it. I am currently 23 years old. I have a keen interest in software engineering/development or cyber security as a second option but I am unsure of where to even begin. Would I need to go back to sixth form and study A levels before even thinking about Uni?
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    GCHQ have some IT related courses. Take a look at their website.
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    Employers much prefer a grad in a different field who can demonstrate self - taught coding skills, as this shows they have both knowledge in the sector and interest in the development side.
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    Thanks for the fast replies guys, ive heard alot about employers taking on self taught coders but every job ad I look at seems to require a bachelors degree in a closely related field. Im just curious as to if I would be accepted into uni simply with an NVQ from a completley different field and my gcses.
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    (Original post by luck2luke)
    Thanks for the fast replies guys, ive heard alot about employers taking on self taught coders but every job ad I look at seems to require a bachelors degree in a closely related field. Im just curious as to if I would be accepted into uni simply with an NVQ from a completley different field and my gcses.
    You would need to atleast take an Access to Higher Education course, you might get accepted to some place like London Met or Anglia Ruskan without it but everyones says that these places were horrible.

    The good news is that as a mature student if you get really high marks in your access course you will be considered for some good Universities.

    You can either do an access course part-time with The Open University (or something similar which is what I did last year), or take it at a physical institute.

    Just a mention though, software development requires a good understanding of Math, so you need to really enjoy and be good at Math to flourish.

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