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    Hmm so i'm in my last year of secondary school and very soon I have to decide whether to go to my school sixth form or a separate college to study my A-levels. What are the pro's and cons for both? And which is the best in your opinion?
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    Hmm so i'm in my last year of secondary school and very soon I have to decide whether to go to my school sixth form or a separate college to study my A-levels. What are the pro's and cons for both? And which is the best in your opinion?
    It depends too much on the individual sixth form/college to be able to compare them generally. As a rule, colleges are more relaxed and you have more freedom which can be a double-edged sword, but you should try and visit open days for the two you're interested in, because that will tell you more than anyone on TSR could.
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    It depends too much on the individual sixth form/college to be able to compare them generally. As a rule, colleges are more relaxed and you have more freedom which can be a double-edged sword, but you should try and visit open days for the two you're interested in, because that will tell you more than anyone on TSR could.
    I agree completely, I found myself to be more independant and I knew that I get along with anyone so I chose college. I also knew that I could get the grades to go onto college, most of my friends stayed in 6 form but they told me it was because they were scared of a new change and they might get rejected.

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    Hmm so i'm in my last year of secondary school and very soon I have to decide whether to go to my school sixth form or a separate college to study my A-levels. What are the pro's and cons for both? And which is the best in your opinion?
    I was in your position 2 years ago and I decided to go to college and I'm so glad. My school was good, but I chose college for many reasons. It made me more independent and I got to meet loads more people, which I believe to be a great step before university or the world of work.

    Also, from what I've heard from my sixth form friends there's less freedom as some aren't allowed out during free periods. And they've said teachers prioritise year 11's work over theirs.

    However - that might just be my school and I know people who've done well at sixth form and college. So really it's up to you


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    Where are the majority of your friends going to be?
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    Hmm so i'm in my last year of secondary school and very soon I have to decide whether to go to my school sixth form or a separate college to study my A-levels. What are the pro's and cons for both? And which is the best in your opinion?
    It depends.
    They can both be as good as each other in different ways. It entirely depends on the individual school or college. Id recommend going to open days for the 6th forms/colleges you are interested in to see what they are like and see what you think of them.
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    Where are the majority of your friends going to be?
    Where your friends are going isnt really a good way of choosing which to go to.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Where your friends are going isnt really a good way of choosing which to go to.
    It's an important factor.
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    (Original post by Adnan Januzaj)
    It's an important factor.
    It shouldn't be
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    (Original post by Adnan Januzaj)
    It's an important factor.
    There are a lot more important factors such as the course/courses you want, which 6th form/college suits you best etc. Your career choice can last for life, whereas quite a few friends come and go.
    You can make new friends at 6th form college if you dont go to the same place as your friends, as well as staying in touch with your old ones.
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    Having left my school to go to a large capacity sixth form college I would really have loved my old school to have an integrated sixth form. Sadly it didn't so I had to go elsewhere.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Where your friends are going isnt really a good way of choosing which to go to.
    Joining a new place to study exams and not knowing anybody is a really hard thing to do, so erm, yeah it is.
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    Hmm so i'm in my last year of secondary school and very soon I have to decide whether to go to my school sixth form or a separate college to study my A-levels. What are the pro's and cons for both? And which is the best in your opinion?
    I was in your position not that long ago. I'm now in Year 13 and to be honest I regret not having the courage to leave school and go to college. The thing is I always knew it was a bad decision to stay and yet I still did it because it was the easiest thing for me. But it's entirely personal really, plenty of people at my school like the sixth form, I don't....for a variety of reasons but honestly not much to do with the sixth form environment itself. What I could say however is that it doesn't feel too different from year 11, but again this will vary with schools, perhaps try getting the perspective of sixth formers at your school?
    As for college...a few of my friends failed their AS Levels and are now in college, and they seem to enjoy it much more and they feel like there's a better environment and more independence. But this could go both ways, of course, more independence can be difficult!
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