Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I'm currently in Year 11 and I'm wondering which sixth form/ college to pick- the sixth form in the private sector or the college in the state sector. I'm at a girls only private school at the moment and could continue on at that sixth form. The hours are the same at both the sixth form and the college.
    I'm doing 13 GCSEs and I'm predicted straight A*s, and I'm planning to do Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History at A Level, and progress to do medicine at Oxford (hopefully) or any other Russell Group university.

    Advantages of private sixth form:
    I've been there for 5 years already so it'd be familiar and most of my friends are planning to stay there. The results are very good, and are better than at the college. The classes are also smaller (max. 12 people) and I have already developed relationships with the teachers. There is also a strong work ethic and the lessons would be tailored to us. There's also a lot of support in regards to Oxbridge and medical applications. It's marginally closer to me than the college. I've also heard that top universities prefer private school pupils.

    However, the largest disadvantage is the cost. I'm on a bursary at the moment where we pay £3000 a year, but we may not be able to afford this in the next 2 years. There is also very little freedom and I think that, socially, the jump to university would be larger if I carried on at the sixth form. There's also very little choice in the courses and there is a dress code.

    Advantages of the state college:
    Very good results- one of the nation's top state colleges, only marginally behind the private sixth form (the average A-Level grade for both is a B). I also know quite a few people who are going to go there so I wouldn't have trouble fitting in or finding friends. It also bridges the gap socially between school and university. There is no dress code. There is also more freedom socially and in choice of courses. There's also only a 4 day week, allowing me to work at home. Most importantly, it is free, meaning it is more reliable if something happens financially. Also, I've heard if you get the same grades at both colleges, universities favour those from the state sector, as they are under pressure to admit more state school pupils.

    However, the college has slightly worser results than the sixth form. My friends are mostly staying at the sixth form so I would have to make new friends. The classes are a lot larger (20-30 I believe), meaning that the courses would be less tailored for the individual. It's also slightly further away. I would also have to get used to new surroundings and new teachers. I also won't have the 'prestige' of someone who went to a private sixth form, which could perhaps affect me in later life, especially when applying to a good university.

    All in all, what do you think- should I stay on at my private sixth form or move to a state college?
    Thanks for any advice
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by kgramm)
    Hi, I'm currently in Year 11 and I'm wondering which sixth form/ college to pick- the sixth form in the private sector or the college in the state sector. I'm at a girls only private school at the moment and could continue on at that sixth form. The hours are the same at both the sixth form and the college.
    I'm doing 13 GCSEs and I'm predicted straight A*s, and I'm planning to do Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History at A Level, and progress to do medicine at Oxford (hopefully) or any other Russell Group university.

    Advantages of private sixth form:
    I've been there for 5 years already so it'd be familiar and most of my friends are planning to stay there. The results are very good, and are better than at the college. The classes are also smaller (max. 12 people) and I have already developed relationships with the teachers. There is also a strong work ethic and the lessons would be tailored to us. There's also a lot of support in regards to Oxbridge and medical applications. It's marginally closer to me than the college. I've also heard that top universities prefer private school pupils.

    However, the largest disadvantage is the cost. I'm on a bursary at the moment where we pay £3000 a year, but we may not be able to afford this in the next 2 years. There is also very little freedom and I think that, socially, the jump to university would be larger if I carried on at the sixth form. There's also very little choice in the courses and there is a dress code.

    Advantages of the state college:
    Very good results- one of the nation's top state colleges, only marginally behind the private sixth form (the average A-Level grade for both is a B). I also know quite a few people who are going to go there so I wouldn't have trouble fitting in or finding friends. It also bridges the gap socially between school and university. There is no dress code. There is also more freedom socially and in choice of courses. There's also only a 4 day week, allowing me to work at home. Most importantly, it is free, meaning it is more reliable if something happens financially. Also, I've heard if you get the same grades at both colleges, universities favour those from the state sector, as they are under pressure to admit more state school pupils.

    However, the college has slightly worser results than the sixth form. My friends are mostly staying at the sixth form so I would have to make new friends. The classes are a lot larger (20-30 I believe), meaning that the courses would be less tailored for the individual. It's also slightly further away. I would also have to get used to new surroundings and new teachers. I also won't have the 'prestige' of someone who went to a private sixth form, which could perhaps affect me in later life, especially when applying to a good university.

    All in all, what do you think- should I stay on at my private sixth form or move to a state college?
    Thanks for any advice
    In my personal opinion, I think you should stay on, only because you want to study medicine and private schools would probably be more aknowledged on the best route to get there. I'm saying this because I carried on at my sixth form (which I don't regret) - it was a state school and whilst they tried to give me advice, it was obvious that due to the small number of people who went on to do med from our school, they didn't really know much about the routes to getting there ie what uni's want...
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by kgramm)
    Hi, I'm currently in Year 11 and I'm wondering which sixth form/ college to pick- the sixth form in the private sector or the college in the state sector. I'm at a girls only private school at the moment and could continue on at that sixth form. The hours are the same at both the sixth form and the college.
    I'm doing 13 GCSEs and I'm predicted straight A*s, and I'm planning to do Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History at A Level, and progress to do medicine at Oxford (hopefully) or any other Russell Group university.

    Advantages of private sixth form:
    I've been there for 5 years already so it'd be familiar and most of my friends are planning to stay there. The results are very good, and are better than at the college. The classes are also smaller (max. 12 people) and I have already developed relationships with the teachers. There is also a strong work ethic and the lessons would be tailored to us. There's also a lot of support in regards to Oxbridge and medical applications. It's marginally closer to me than the college. I've also heard that top universities prefer private school pupils.

    However, the largest disadvantage is the cost. I'm on a bursary at the moment where we pay £3000 a year, but we may not be able to afford this in the next 2 years. There is also very little freedom and I think that, socially, the jump to university would be larger if I carried on at the sixth form. There's also very little choice in the courses and there is a dress code.

    Advantages of the state college:
    Very good results- one of the nation's top state colleges, only marginally behind the private sixth form (the average A-Level grade for both is a B). I also know quite a few people who are going to go there so I wouldn't have trouble fitting in or finding friends. It also bridges the gap socially between school and university. There is no dress code. There is also more freedom socially and in choice of courses. There's also only a 4 day week, allowing me to work at home. Most importantly, it is free, meaning it is more reliable if something happens financially. Also, I've heard if you get the same grades at both colleges, universities favour those from the state sector, as they are under pressure to admit more state school pupils.

    However, the college has slightly worser results than the sixth form. My friends are mostly staying at the sixth form so I would have to make new friends. The classes are a lot larger (20-30 I believe), meaning that the courses would be less tailored for the individual. It's also slightly further away. I would also have to get used to new surroundings and new teachers. I also won't have the 'prestige' of someone who went to a private sixth form, which could perhaps affect me in later life, especially when applying to a good university.

    All in all, what do you think- should I stay on at my private sixth form or move to a state college?
    Thanks for any advice
    Hi! I also go to a private school and faced a similar dilemma in y11 (now in y13). I was (am) on a 100% scholarship that I didn't know if I could keep for a while. Once I knew I could, however, it was a no-brainer. My private school has such good personal Oxbridge support, even if grades standards have been slipping lately, and I wouldn't have gotten into Cambridge without them. I would say that that gives you a huge advantage for Oxbridge/medicine.

    I think class size is also important. A friend of mine went to a college with a really good rep, but the class sizes were in their 30s-40s, and she ended up with no individual support from teachers. She dropped out in the end after getting BDD in AS (is now at a theatre college!). On the other hand, I can request one-on-one tutorials at the drop of the hat and that is much closer to the Oxbridge lifestyle than huge classes (tutorials/supervisions).

    I also really don't think that the social move is as big as you might think. Private school is more sheltered in general... But at the same time, I know plenty of people that socialise in exactly the same way as our local colleges and comps. I also know people at the colleges and comps that are more like myself and prefer to stay indoors haha - it's more down to you as a person, rather than school choice (oh, and the idea that people that go to all-girls schools can't talk to boys in uni is utter nonsense; I go to an all-girls school (although I'm trans, so ya know) and its honestly just made up by people to trash all-girls schools).

    However - if you are not 100% sure that you will be able to stay for both years, I would suggest thinking about it very carefully. Continuity is key in sixth form/college. I would say the continuity of teachers and facilities is good, but also if you have to drop out in year 12 because of money, that is certainly a disadvantage, although it clearly wouldn't destroy your chances cos you could just start year 12 again. It really has to be weighed up carefully.

    So really, I'd say there are more cons to the college and more pros to private, but do really consider your finances. If you put the work in, you can get wherever you want to (you're clearly very academically oriented with those grades). Go with your gut.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Would you rather give up salt or pepper?
    Help with your A-levels

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

    Study planner

    Create a study plan

    Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

    Study planner

    Resources by subject

    Everything from mind maps to class notes.

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student doing homework

    Study tips from A* students

    Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

    Study help links and info

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

    Sponsored content:

    HEAR

    HEAR

    Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.