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How does college differ to sixth form? 

You may be in Year 11 and wondering what your next step is, this is a big decision, probably the biggest decision you will make in your future education. One of the big questions is do I stay on at sixth form or go to college and how is college different to school?

More Diverse – You will meet a diverse range of people at college from a variety of backgrounds, just like in the workplace.

Life Skills – College will help you prepare for real life, learning new skills that will come in handy whether you are planning to go to University or straight into employment.

You are more Independent –At school your teachers will chase you to get your work done, but at college they won’t quite so much; it is up to you to keep up-to-date. The more you put into your work the more you get out, you are expected to meet deadlines and work hard, just like any future employer would also expect, bridging the gap between school and university or a career.

Activities –There will be a range of sport and leisure opportunities on offer, college clubs and activities, you may also have access to a free gym.

Options – At college there are more vocational study options. A Levels don’t cater to everyone’s needs, explore what you enjoy and take a look at the courses on offer, doing a vocational course can give you the skills to directly enter into a career. Check out our range of courses here.

Facilities – Whatever you are studying at college, state of the art facilities will be provided, for example if you are studying hairdressing you will be doing this in a real life salon and even have clients.

More Informal – Colleges are generally a lot more informal than school, there are less rules to follow, you are treated like an adult, for example, you call tutors by their first name.

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