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    hellooo, i was just wandering what the main differences are between a sixth form school and a sixth form college. i know at a school, you get plenty of support and at a college, you get less support. but what does support mean exactly??

    also i believe at a sixth form school, you get pressured by teachers to do the work and this is not what i would want for the next 2 yrs...

    at a sixth form college, do you get pressured by teachers aswell??
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    A school sixth form is attached to a secondary school (so the people there are aged 11-18) whereas at a sixth form college there are only people of that age (16-18).

    School sixth forms are smaller (because they have to fit the other five years of students into the school). This sometimes means they have smaller classes and may get more support, but you get lots of support at sixth form colleges too.

    At a school sixth form you're more likely to have to wear uniform. Generally discipline is similar to the other five years of the school. At a sixth form college you may be left a little more to motivate yourself.

    Because sixth form colleges are larger they usually offer a wider range of subjects/courses.
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    (Original post by naseem hossen)
    hellooo, i was just wandering what the main differences are between a sixth form school and a sixth form college. i know at a school, you get plenty of support and at a college, you get less support. but what does support mean exactly??
    You don't necessarily get less support at a 6th form college, so I don't know where you've got that rumour from. Yes, the staff won't know you personally as well as they won't have known you for 5 years, but equally they'll be far better used to dealing with the kind of problems that crop up at that specific age range. Similarly your teachers will all be 'A-level [subject] teachers' rather than just '[subject] teachers' - all they teach will be what'son your syllabus, so I guess you could say they're a bit more specialised.

    also i believe at a sixth form school, you get pressured by teachers to do the work and this is not what i would want for the next 2 yrs...

    at a sixth form college, do you get pressured by teachers aswell??
    Of course there's pressure to do the work, otherwise they wouldn't bother setting it. However, I guess at colleges you don't get the school mindset carrying over - by and large you're trusted to do the work without being constantly pursued because at that age you're expected to realise what you need to do to get the grades you want. You certainly can't get away without doing the requisite amount of work though, as it seems is your intention. At 6th form you're expected to want to do the best you can as you're choosing, rather than being forced, to be there and do those particular subjects, so if you constantly do no work they're perfectly within their rights to just kick you out.
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    well im definitely looking forward to go to my sixth form college in september then. i will work my best to get the best possible grades! im just hoping that my college isnt like the sixth form here in my school (its rubbish and messed up!!)
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    I personally chose sixth form college over my school's sixth form, leaving all my friends behind. It's honestly the best decision I've ever made. Loads of teachers at my old school kept pressuring me to stay and told me I wouldn't get nearly as much help in college. The classes are larger so in theory you do get less one and one support in lessons, but teachers are generally more than happy to help you on you're own outside lessons, seen as they don't have younger classes to teach.

    The resources at college are so much better. The library is three times the size and we have staff specialised to help us with everything - like work experience and careers guidance. There are usually loads more opportunities and subjects on offer and teachers are specialised at A-level, at my college there are a lot more doctors of their subject than at my old school. We also don't have to wear uniform, can leave college when we have frees and can call teachers by their first name - my friends have told me it's the complete opposite at sixth form, they even still get detentions at their age. I think college is so much better if you're willing to put the work in without being threatened with detentions, I personally believe it makes you more independent and mature. Plus, I'm so much more motivated at college and am actually getting the grades I want. :-)
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    So glad I chose the college over my school then! Thanks ^_^
 
 
 
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