I left school 2 years ago; due to mental health, my UCAS points weren't as good as they could have been (I think I got 65) which means I was unable to apply for University.
Since then, I've been self-teaching myself programming in my free time, and I'd like to say I'm at the point where I'm a mid-level programmer, with a lot of skill within *some* fields.
Although, I want to go to Uni (a computing degree) to make it official.
Would my skills I've self taught myself aid me in an application, or is my UCAS points just an insta-decline on most applications? I'm asking because Although I could go into a 1 year, Access course; the money involved is a LOT; it also carves a year out of my life of a course that I don't want to do, just for UCAS points to do what I actually want? I've heard of dream storys of universitys looking past the UCAS points sometimes, although is this a reality of a fever dream? And what can I do to increase my odds if i do end up applying?