I'm 18 and failed my A levels a year ago, Is it too late to start again?

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What is your future career and are A-levels an absolute must for this career?
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At this point, you might have to just do a BTEC because no, not many further education colleges offer A-levels and most schools won't take you now.

What career are you aiming for? I can't see many careers requiring you to have A-levels. There are BTECs covering most specialised career options, and most employers value BTECs at least fairly highly.
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I was in similar situation a while back
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However, I have learnt to stop comparing myself to other people and just go on my own paste.

Education is not a race and even if your younger siblings are ahead of you, you should be proud and happy for them and then try your hardest to reach wherever you want to go.
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Also doing a BTEC does not mean you are less intelligent, BTECS equip you for the world of work and since you don't want to go uni, doing BTEC should by no means be a draw back.


I am doing a BTEC and tbh i am not sure of i want to go uni, however, if i get the grades then why not?
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Forgot to say, i think Westminister Kingsway and Barnet Southgate(something like that) college do A levels even for for adults
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For the record, I'm actually 19, and I'm doing a BTEC. I started off on another BTEC so not exactly the same situation, but I failed my first BTEC(Business & IT L3), then had to do IT L2 for a year to prove I was capable(going to the same college and they didn't trust me after failing 1 course), and now I'm doing another BTEC. (IT L3)

I'm still looking forward to going to uni, and I think it's stupid to compare yourself to others in this situation. What matters isn't the pace with which you achieve your goals, but how well you achieve your goals in the end. You've got a long life ahead of you, so you just need to focus on making your career great in the long-term. One small failure now isn't going to ruin your life in the long-term. You can still jump back ahead later.
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(Original post by Jazzyboy)
For the record, I'm actually 19, and I'm doing a BTEC. I started off on another BTEC so not exactly the same situation, but I failed my first BTEC(Business & IT L3), then had to do IT L2 for a year to prove I was capable(going to the same college and they didn't trust me after failing 1 course), and now I'm doing another BTEC. (IT L3)

I'm still looking forward to going to uni, and I think it's stupid to compare yourself to others in this situation. What matters isn't the pace with which you achieve your goals, but how well you achieve your goals in the end. You've got a long life ahead of you, so you just need to focus on making your career great in the long-term. One small failure now isn't going to ruin your life in the long-term. You can still jump back ahead later.

Out of interest, when you say "fail" do you literally mean fail(no grade awarded) or that you got a pass grade?
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get back on track, try and find places where you can redo A levels at your age. if needs be do BTEC. i believe that you can be successful and delve into the world of academia once again!


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Out of interest, when you say "fail" do you literally mean fail(no grade awarded) or that you got a pass grade?
I literally failed. Didn't get all of the core unit assignments in on time. It was mainly because of medical issues, but the stress of having failed and having to stay in college for longer has motivated me to work much harder despite my problems.(I suffer from frequent migraines, though they're not as bad atm as they used to be)
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My future career ambition is to become an airline pilot/raf pilot, you usually need a levels or equivalent such as btec or a degree.
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My future career ambition is to become an airline pilot/raf pilot, you usually need a levels or equivalent such as btec or a degree.
Well being as you know which qualifications to get why not work towards them starting now. FYI you can self teach yourself A-levels as there are so many resources available to you on the internet. When you feel you are comfortable with your level of study you can apply to be a private candidate and sit the A level exams.
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(Original post by Jazzyboy)
I literally failed. Didn't get all of the core unit assignments in on time. It was mainly because of medical issues, but the stress of having failed and having to stay in college for longer has motivated me to work much harder despite my problems.(I suffer from frequent migraines, though they're not as bad atm as they used to be)
Hope things work out and i aways thought that the tutors have a responsibility to pass you at least which is the minimum requirement.
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yeah just do what u can remember if u fail to prepare then u will fail but if u start then u will gradually reach ur goal it's never late to prepare for ur success
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Thanks for the suggestions, I want to do Maths A level, BTEC L3 extended diploma in Business (as I pretty much have most of the coursework saved on my usb) and maybe fine art and photography this september.

I've applied for almost all the further education nearby, such as Westminister kingsway, city of westminister etc. (from SE london area) but all of their courses are for 16-18. I probably won't get in tbh. Bromley College used to do a levels for adults at their orpington campus but I just read online that they stopped all their a level courses in 2014 due to btecs taking over.

What colleges do a levels for adults in the SE london area?
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Couldn't you apply to birkbeck? They do A - levels. My mum is currently doing A - levels in Biology and chemistry and she's going to go Uni next year. It's never too late for education.


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