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    Hey guys. I'm at that point where I have no idea what to do other than making my head explode.

    Background story:
    Finished High School 13 months ago, missed around 2 and a half years due to various, legitimate reasons. Still managed to do a five GCSE's and an OCR vocational qualification in ICT.
    I got my C's in English, Maths A and Science A. And two ICT certificates.

    Throughout the last two years I actually managed in school, I always dismissed college due to the thought that I wasn't good enough, I didn't even entertain the idea of attending any open evenings. 13 months on I've been working as an apprentice in a vehicle body shop and it's been a year and I feel it's going nowhere.

    Recently, I looked up A levels/Vocational courses and University courses for the first time and I spoke to a careers advisor person who basically explained how silly and naive I was back in high school, something I can't argue against and something I deeply regret.
    College applications have long gone but with this persons help I can still apply after speaking to two local colleges, one being Runshaw.

    But I have no idea what to do and it's starting to depress me.
    Like I said, I missed a huge chunk of high school and the thought of studying at college scares me. I've always dreamed of going to Uni to study criminology and sociology or a course related to ICT but I've never really believed in myself or my abilities due to, what I thought were not so great GCSEs.

    I've been offered a place for a Network and Security vocational course Level 3 which I believe can lead onto Uni?
    I'm waiting to find out if I can study A levels this September seeing as i'm applying so late, or I can finish this apprenticeship and apply for A levels next year but that leaves me two years behind most people.

    I know there's on thing I have going for me, I know how it feels to regret not putting in enough effort in GCSEs (Even if a large part of it was due to illness) and that's a mistake I know i'll never do again.

    It's never too late. The social sciences are really worth studying at university. When you have A levels not one cares what you obtained for your GCSEs. If you get a degree no-one cares what you obtained at A level. Every new course is a fresh start. Don't worry if you do go to university a year or two late, believe me, it will help you in so many ways (academically and personally). Good luck ...
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