Re: Help with studies.
Well the system may have changed since I applied to college about 2 years ago. But it really isn't that difficult getting into a good college in the UK especially if you live in an area with successful colleges as often high schools have connections with the colleges so students have lower standards to get in then students from further out.
For me personally to get into college it was 5 GCSEs including English/Maths. And this was to one of the best in the UK (top 20/30).