Unfortunately, if you wanted to do a Music course at University level I'm pretty sure you'd need an A-Level in it, alongside at least a Grade 7/8 pass in your chosen instrument.
However, it's worth continuing with your Music Theory as I believe the Grade 8 certificate is roughly equivalent to an A-Level anyway (GCSE and Grade 5 are equivalent).
It is possible to earn a living. My cello teachers are both professional musicians (playing for bands, in pit orchestras, recording etc) but make the bulk of their earnings through teaching. They teach to both private students and as peripatetic teachers in schools; one of them recently acquired QTS and is now part-time Head of Music at a school.
Some unis might allow no A level if you have the theory as said above and the general idea is you’re grade 8 standard in one instrument minimum. There’s also jobs like music therapy or composition for commercials etc as well as teaching
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