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    Hi, so where do I start? Gosh okay, I pretty much left school with just GCSE's (crap ones at that) at 16. I had a few family issues, and we moved every year which meant I could never finish a college course, so after some time I gave up trying and decided "I don't need grades, I'll just work". So here I am, a few years later, jobs in all of their dead ended glory have been and gone. I'm 23 and I'm sat on Universal Credit getting some help with my career path, applying to apprenticeships left, right and center in hopes that some day someone will notice I have talent. I'd like to get onto a uni course, but I have no idea where to even start, for someone who has just GCSE's and some work experience, its hard. Anyone got any advice?

    You won't get into uni with just GCSEs, especially not with bad ones. Maybe look into going to college and taking a course that will qualify you for a specialised career that you're interested in? For example, my brother is going to do carpentry and my friend took a course to become a qualified electrician.
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    The talk to a careers adviser.

    To get into Uni, then you should satisft yourself that you have the commitment and determination. Theres a big gap between GCSR's and a degree, so I would have a hard think about whether Uni is where you want to go. If so, then you need to get your education back into better shape and in particular check you have minimum levels of numeracy and literacy. All local colleges will run courses to help improve maths and English.

    Your next step would be to see if you cna get on an access course to HE or look at further education to give you the qualifications to apply to Uni.
    Access courses are for mature students who dont have the traditional qualifications, its basically an extra year or two to prepare you for education.

    I would point out theres a big difference between apprenticeships and doing a degree. mayeb you could do an apprenticeship(shich doesnt involve commiting large amounts of money) and see if it offers a suffiicient career. You cna always go to uni after as you cna go at any age and i wouldnt worry about being a little older.

    Determine if Uni is really what you want and then determine how you are oing to get yourself to a level where you can cope with a degree.


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