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To cut a long story short, I was home-schooled, and came out of it with no GCSEs or A-Levels. I went to college and did an Extended BTEC, as well as a B in GCSE English (was predicted an A* but being my first ever exam I lost it and took way too long), and I'm due to study GCSE Maths this year. I've felt for a while that my knowledge of certain subjects (well, probably every subject) is deficient due to not actually having studied anything, and I really want to learn some subjects - purely for the knowledge, I don't really have a career route that GCSEs or A-Levels will help me go into at this point.

So I'm a bit overwhelmed at the whole situation, and I'm really just wondering what my options are, so if anyone with a little more knowledge of the system than me (virtually everyone on here) could help spell them out, I'd really appreciate it.

To try and get some specific answers, I also have a few questions that I would really appreciate well-informed answers to.

1. I really want to do A-Levels. Is it at all possible to do A-Levels without having done any GCSEs, both in terms of level of study and for getting onto a course? Do you need to have studied subjects at GCSE-level to make sense of what's going on at A-Level? Are GCSEs necessary? Fwiw, I'm not a genius, but I'm not all that dumb either.

2. If I did want to do A-Levels this year, how likely am I to get into a course being so late during the year?

3. As someone that turned 20 in June, and already has a DDM at BTEC, are A-Levels likely to cost anything for me?

Once again, any and all help is appreciated 'cause my head is all over the place atm.

Thanks!
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(Original post by Hashim123)
To cut a long story short, I was home-schooled, and came out of it with no GCSEs or A-Levels. I went to college and did an Extended BTEC, as well as a B in GCSE English (was predicted an A* but being my first ever exam I lost it and took way too long), and I'm due to study GCSE Maths this year. I've felt for a while that my knowledge of certain subjects (well, probably every subject) is deficient due to not actually having studied anything, and I really want to learn some subjects - purely for the knowledge, I don't really have a career route that GCSEs or A-Levels will help me go into at this point.

So I'm a bit overwhelmed at the whole situation, and I'm really just wondering what my options are, so if anyone with a little more knowledge of the system than me (virtually everyone on here) could help spell them out, I'd really appreciate it.

To try and get some specific answers, I also have a few questions that I would really appreciate well-informed answers to.

1. I really want to do A-Levels. Is it at all possible to do A-Levels without having done any GCSEs, both in terms of level of study and for getting onto a course? Do you need to have studied subjects at GCSE-level to make sense of what's going on at A-Level? Are GCSEs necessary? Fwiw, I'm not a genius, but I'm not all that dumb either.

2. If I did want to do A-Levels this year, how likely am I to get into a course being so late during the year?

3. As someone that turned 20 in June, and already has a DDM at BTEC, are A-Levels likely to cost anything for me?

Once again, any and all help is appreciated 'cause my head is all over the place atm.

Thanks!
Most places do want GCSE's to do A-levels however some places may make exceptions, so ring around some colleges and see what they say? Have you though of a apprenticeship? What was your BTEC in ?
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Can anyone else chip in here?

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Most places do want GCSE's to do A-levels however some places may make exceptions, so ring around some colleges and see what they say? Have you though of a apprenticeship? What was your BTEC in ?
I might do that. Do you know whether it's likely to be too late at this stage, since most A-Levels seem to already be starting? Also, are they likely to cost anything cos of my age and the fact I've alreayd got a BTEC?

Like I said, wanting to do it for the actual subjects themselves rather than for the sake of a particular vocation, so apprenticeships are out. BTEC was in Creative Media.
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I might do that. Do you know whether it's likely to be too late at this stage, since most A-Levels seem to already be starting? Also, are they likely to cost anything cos of my age and the fact I've alreayd got a BTEC?

Like I said, wanting to do it for the actual subjects themselves rather than for the sake of a particular vocation, so apprenticeships are out. BTEC was in Creative Media.
It shouldn't be too late, most colleges only started this week, so they may have some places left, ring around and ask them about the cost, because you may get it for free. You could look on here and see if any unis take a BTEC- http://www.whatuni.com/degrees/cours.../0/0/page.html
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95% of universities accept BTECs

especially in media, you could go pretty much anywhere you want without wasting 2 years doing A levels, make sure you get your Maths GCSE though

There is a new course starting this year at Royal Holloway (where i go) that looks really good, its a BSc in Digital Media Communications and is roughly 75% Media and 25% Computer Science, it requires DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma, looks like a pretty awesome course
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I wish people would learn to read OPs rather than skim and go on to waste time posting something entirely the opposite of what I'm after.
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