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I completely wasted the opportunities given to me aged 16-19 and, despite attending numerous colleges, ended up with one BTEC. I'm not stupid, I was just preoccupied at that point in my life, lacked direction, kept changing subjects and colleges, and ended up with nothing.
Now I want to get back into education, studying sciences at level 3 so I can do a biochemistry Bsc. On researching this, however, it seems that if you graduate from a number of significant universities, the likelihood of you getting a job in that field can be 80% or more. But those universities won't accept access courses from paupers and losers such as myself, and it seems there are no colleges offering A-level courses to adults in my area, just access courses and BTECs.
I really want to give this the best shot I can and come out with the grades that I have earned and so deserve, this time round - they do say that education is wasted on the young. So it would seem that my options are to do either take a loan to pay the extortion fees charged for a distance learning course in maths, physics, biology and chemistry, or do the access to HE combined science course but end up at a university I wouldn't have chosen and lower my career prospects. If I was to do the distance learning courses, I'm told the curriculum has changed 2016/17, which means there may be some problems with the updated courses that might need ironing out. I've read that it is possible to just do the studying yourself based off the curriculum you can view online and pay for the exam when you feel ready, but if this has changed, then this becomes a risky choice. I always said I didn't want to do a university level course in a creative subject, but I'm now starting to feel that all this motivating myself and preparation for a new path in my life is not going to be fruitful, and my alternative would be to do either English or creative writing, and just give that everything I've got - and I am very passionate about writing, but I feel like if I was ever good enough to make a living from it, then my work should speak for itself. As a creative subject (at least the way I'm looking at it and what I hope to take from it), surely it won't teach me much more than what I would discover myself through practice, or would be able to learn online. The benefit would be an on-paper qualification that would allow me to become a teacher or tutor if my own efforts didn't work out.
So, I have a bit of a dilemma in which path to take - do I do the distance learning course, maths I imagine would be fairly straightforward, but the sciences, especially with this change, might fall short of the mark in this context, and it'll be fucking expensive. Or do I pursue my hobby and passion at an academic level and see where that takes me? I have a feeling that if I did that, I wouldn't even have that happy feeling people sometimes describe when they're 'following their dream' or whatever, because I really have prepared myself to do a big science, and I would perhaps feel like I've bailed on that, even if I did receive some success.
An access course is not really an option because it won't take me to the universities I want to go to, so for that route it really only leaves distance learning A-levels. Does anyone have any experience with these?