(Original post by HOL_ANGEL1)
Is There anyway of getting into uni without A-Levels? i am 18 an have been working for the past two years. now i really want to go to uni but can't face doing a-levels! help?!
Well, here's my story!
I left school at 16 (way back in 1986 which makes me an old fart!) with 3 cse's at grade c and 2 at grade d. I was what you would call a regular thicky!
I worked as a laborer for a construction firm for a year before going to Luton College (now the University of Luton) to do a two year BTEC (are they still around?) OND in Building Studies.
I passed that and then joined a national construction company as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor while carrying on at Luton College to get a BTEC HNC, also in Building Studies.
So, I finally went to University at age 21 (University of Central Lancashire) with an HNC. I studied Quantity Surveying and got a BSc(Hons) with a 2/1.
I spent the next few years in the workplace rising to Managing Quantity Surveyor and becoming a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and a Chartered Builder (MCIOB) as well as sitting the membership exams for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
I got heavily involved in contracts and disputes during my work and really enjoyed the legal side of things and so in 2001 I joined the Open University's law program and have just got my LLb(Hons) in law by distance learning (also a 2/1)
In February I am starting an LLM in Commercial Law degree with the University of Northumbria, also by distance learning.
I know live in the US and think I'll probably hang out here for another 6 years at least but if I ever do come back to the UK it'll be to sit the BVC and become a Barrister.
I hope that gives you some encouragement. Sure, I never went to a fancy university (Oxford was never really an option for me!) but I hope my little story proves the point that there is hope for folks who really screw up at school, provided they stay enthusiastic and apply themselves.
So yes, I think you have options.
At 18, you could go to night classes and take your A levels. Or, you could do a BTEC (I think that was replaced by NVQ's) or you could apply directly to somewhere like the OU and do a degree by distance learning.
There are many ways to skin a cat.