Getting back into education, so confused Watch

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Hello all, I've recently decided to finally do something with my life in order to actually have a future. I'll be 26 in a couple of weeks, and while I feel it may be getting too late, I'm going to try anyway.

For a long time now, I've been trying to teach myself Japanese. I've made progress, but it's still not what you'd consider functional. So, I'm considering taking a course in it at university, hopefully. Having looked at the sites for the universities closest to me, all require that I have at least 3 A-levels, one in English, one in a modern foreign language, and a 3rd of my choice I assume.

That's fine, but I have no idea where to start. I'm happy to learn from home, as long as the material I need to learn is provided for me, I'm sure I can summon the motivation to do my best... but I'm not that smart. I had to leave school early for health issues, and while I was allowed to sit my GCSE's all my grades are fairly pants (my highest was a C in maths).

So, I guess that's why I'm here. Should I even bother? If so, how do I get started? How long would each course take? Should I do more than one at once? What happens if I were to fail a course? Anything else you believe I'm missing about the whole process?

The whole thing is kinda overwhelming. I appreciate your help.
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