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    I am confused on choosing 2 sixth forms as parents are telling me to stay at the sixth from my school has but I want to go to a college based sixth form. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated?

    A school based Sixth form gives you more support which is especially needed during the tough times of A-Levels. Personally I would stay at your school unless you move to another school based sixth form.

    Go visit both the sixth form and see which of the two you liked. I went to both (first year at a college based one, then had to move due to circumstances). The good things about the college sixth form was that:
    - They have far more resources (most have membership to so many useful revision sites, article subscription and such in which they gave to all students)
    - More opportunities (e.g. email was flooded with opportunities every week, such as a one on one meeting with an admission tutor in a university, summer schools)
    - You get to meet a variety of different people.
    - They treat you more as an adult than a school based sixth form
    - They greatly encouraged independence (by making the environment more like university), which many students then found the jump to uni to be much easier and people were able to mature even quicker.
    - There are many events and activities to do (e.g. my previous sixth form invites students from oxbridge and other universities whom studied there to come and offer advise, answer questions and help us with any inquiries)

    The advantages of a school based one:
    - You know the people within your sixth form, and its more easier to make friends (and good friends).
    - It's easier to talk more comfortably to your teachers
    - It feels more welcoming- You are pushed even harder, have less frees and are forced to use your free period more effectively.

    This is all based in my own personal experience on visiting and attending the sixth forms in my city. It generally depends on what sort of person you are: if you are the independent type, are bored of your current school and want to meet other people, then a college based one is for you.
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