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    Hi, I'm looking for a little advice on my situation.
    Basically it all starts with my GCSEs, I didn't put nearly enough effort into any of them.
    Only revising for a few hours in the week before and so on. Came out of that with very average marks after I was predicted fairly good ones.
    I then got into art college and copped out of that too, scraping by and blagging the tutors into giving me better marks than I deserved. After college I went to Uni for 5-6 months before being overwhelmed with all the work and dropping out. There were other reasons for dropping out; an LDR, immaturity and videogame, weed and internet 'addictions'. (as far as addiction in those areas goes but these aren't a problem anymore.)
    I've really grown up in the time I've been out of education, got some industry experience and lived on my own successfully and happily and now I think I'm ready to go back to Uni.
    The thing I'm worried about is how the average-bad grades will affect me now.
    I have 1 or 2 Bs and 6 or 7 Cs at GCSE and a BTEC national diploma in Media Art: MPP.
    When I applied to Uni the first time, I was short about 60-80 UCAS points for the course but they took me on anyway. Is this normal?
    Would it be worth doing a foundation course of some sort before going for a degree now that I'm really interested in applying myself?
    I'm hoping to get a degree in Illustration/Visual Communication at Birmingham or Coventry. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Maybe email the unis that you're intereste din explaining your situation as each institution will look upon your situation in different ways?
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