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I did my GCSE's in 2017 and A-levels in 2019. I failed my A levels and I failed 2 GCSE's (I got 8 GCSE's). I took a gap year autumn 2019-2020.

I did Access course this year but all my grades are merit. I never applied to university
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I did my GCSE's in 2017 and A-levels in 2019. I failed my A levels and I failed 2 GCSE's (I got 8 GCSE's). I took a gap year autumn 2019-2020.

I did Access course this year but all my grades are merit. I never applied to university
8 GCSEs are fine, honestly GCSEs are pretty irrelevant after school anyways unless you're doing something like medicine. As long as you've got your 5 A* - C then it's fine. What's an access course? Is that a level 3? You can actually get into a lot of uni courses with MMM at level 3 but obviously the requirements for different courses can vary. Depending on what you wanna do at uni, you may or may not need better grades.
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8 GCSEs are fine, honestly GCSEs are pretty irrelevant after school anyways unless you're doing something like medicine. As long as you've got your 5 A* - C then it's fine. What's an access course? Is that a level 3? You can actually get into a lot of uni courses with MMM at level 3 but obviously the requirements for different courses can vary. Depending on what you wanna do at uni, you may or may not need better grades.
I am dumb and work twice as hard as others
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I passed my GCSEs and never even revised for it. Failed my A-Levels though. I suggest you go into IT & technology - you'll be far more financially successful than most Oxbridge students. In my experience, academics is worthless (in my industry).
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I passed my GCSEs and never even revised for it. Failed my A-Levels though. I suggest you go into IT & technology - you'll be far more financially successful than most Oxbridge students. In my experience, academics is worthless (in my industry).
What did you do after failing A-Levels?
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I passed my GCSEs and never even revised for it. Failed my A-Levels though. I suggest you go into IT & technology - you'll be far more financially successful than most Oxbridge students. In my experience, academics is worthless (in my industry).
How can I study IT? What course would I do?

Plus I already took out a loan for my level 3 access course.
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What did you do after failing A-Levels?
Luckily I was doing a CCNA course at the time as well. I became CCNA certified at 17. I got into university because the admissions tutor happened to be a lecturer and said he would accept it on that basis. I did computer science at university. After I started working, my education history never came up ever again. I have interviewed and hired many senior engineers and not once have I ever gone through their education history. Experience is what matters most. For younger people starting out in their career, I strongly recommend prioritising apprenticeships rather than university, and if university, then prioritise a placement year or any relevant commercial work experience. When you start working in the real world, no one cares about your education history and it won't come up.
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I am dumb and work twice as hard as others
Don't be hard on yourself man. Things are just naturally to easier some than others, nothing wrong with it.
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How can I study IT? What course would I do?

Plus I already took out a loan for my level 3 access course.
Depends what you prefer. For me it began with backend APIs, and I used PHP because it was popular and free. After that I branched into cloud infrastructure, automation, deployments with CI/CD, databases, servers (linux) etc.

For IT, you don't need to study anything, you need to actually do stuff and develop stuff - Udemy, GitHub and StackOverflow are your friends. Do tons of side projects.
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If you would like to know more about my journey in IT & technology - I have made a thread here:

I've worked in IT & technology for 10 years - Ask Me Anything - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7042978
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How can I study IT? What course would I do?

Plus I already took out a loan for my level 3 access course.
(Original post by urlocalinmate)
What did you do after failing A-Levels?
If you would like to know more about my journey in IT & technology - I have made a thread here:

I've worked in IT & technology for 10 years - Ask Me Anything - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7042978
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Depends what you prefer. For me it began with backend APIs, and I used PHP because it was popular and free. After that I branched into cloud infrastructure, automation, deployments with CI/CD, databases, servers (linux) etc.

For IT, you don't need to study anything, you need to actually do stuff and develop stuff - Udemy, GitHub and StackOverflow are your friends. Do tons of side projects.
But that sounds even harder than academic and studying
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If you would like to know more about my journey in IT & technology - I have made a thread here:

I've worked in IT & technology for 10 years - Ask Me Anything - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...978&p=95402966
Cheers
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But that sounds even harder than academic and studying
Oh it's definitely hard work. Nothing in life comes easy. I happen to enjoy all things tech related. It's my passion in life.

Sorry, but there's no easy way to life. You gotta find your passion and make the most of it!
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Oh it's definitely hard work. Nothing in life comes easy. I happen to enjoy all things tech related. It's my passion in life.

Sorry, but there's no easy way to life. You gotta find your passion and make the most of it!
How much money does it bring you every month?
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How much money does it bring you every month?
Currently take home is about £7K after tax each month. This varies depending on the contract or perm role I'm on. I switch things up all the time. In a few weeks this will be a different figure.
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Currently take home is about £7K after tax each month. This varies depending on the contract or perm role I'm on. I switch things up all the time. In a few weeks this will be a different figure.
Wow. that is a lot. But you are smart so that's why you are earning £7k
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Wow. that is a lot. But you are smart so that's why you are earning £7k
I wouldn't say smart - it's just skillsets and experiences that take time. It's the commercial experience you acquire over the years. For IT & tech roles, the take home pay will only ever increase as the years go by. When I first started contracting it was only around £300 + VAT per day, but now it's more than double. For permanent roles in London, you can get into 6 figures.
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