Alfie gets a place at university after teaching his course as an autodidact!

A computer enthusiast who taught himself the subject won a place at university, thanking his mother for helping him get there.

Alfie Downing, from Kinmel Bay, taught himself computing as it was not offered at his school, Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan in Abergele.

When A-level results were released last week, the youngster found he had achieved 4A* grades in maths, physics, further maths (completed in a year) and IT.

Having already applied to the University of Cambridge, Alfie studied for the Mathematics Test for University Admission (TMUA) for the university, where he was placed in the August selection group following of an interview.

Unfortunately, no places became available and Alfie soon missed the deadline to apply for Computer Science and AI at the prestigious University of Bath due to a delay with the exam board clearing his results.

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“Fortunately, a very caring man at university sorted it out after many phone calls, said the boy’s mother, Carmel.

“Otherwise, because of the examination board, he would have missed his place after all his hard work.”

Overcoming this fear and finally securing his place in college, he received a congratulatory message from none other than famed countdown mathematician Carol Vorderman.

Hoping to inspire others to persevere when times get tough — nothing more than teaching the course you’ll study in college — budding software developer Alfie says it wouldn’t be possible without his mother’s support.

“I can’t describe the feeling of relief and joy I felt when I saw my results,” said Alfie.

“I am truly grateful for all the support I have received over the years, especially the selflessness my mother has shown throughout.

“I am now looking forward to continuing my education, studying computer science and AI.”

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