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    Now my school has quite a sh*tty sixth form. Reasons include that the teachers don't leave you alone, and also pressure you to drop a subject if you fail a test.

    So I know I'm not going to my school sixth form, and I was talking to a friend who said that college was better, as it allowed you to do more A- Levels and they can all be "aspirational", and I do really want to do four a levels. But theres this kind of opinion in my school about college, and I'm wondering if going to a college might affect which universities are interested in having me.

    Sixth forms sound very good, but I'm dead set on doing four a levels, and I'm not sure if any sixth forms in my area , or near it, have that option.

    So, if you have experience with a situation like this, what would be a better option?
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    6th form/college are the same thing. Just depends if you go to the one attached to your school or one that is a stand alone. If you're saying you won't go to your schools one, you don't have much choice! You'll need to go to another in the area. They'll all have rules and requirements for the subjects you're taking. You'll need to get i touch and ask about the 4 subjects you want to take.

    Unis shouldn't care either way :nah:.

    I am a Year 12 student studying at a College, and I have to say in terms of academic value there isn't much of a difference.

    However: At my college, I have had many, many opportunities available to me that none of the local sixth forms offered. These include HE+ (only available to state colleges - at least that is the case in my local area), Cambridge University Masterclasses, Cambridge University essay prizes, the EPQ, Invitational University conferences, University lecturers, etc. And these are only the options that I've chosen to do. None of my friends that stayed at 6th form have had any extras like these, except for things such as sporting activities, chess club, etc, which are all available as extracurriculars anyway.

    My college's pass rate and A*-B rate for A levels are among the highest in my area.
    Furthermore, college provides you with the option to study independently, choose what to do with your free periods and be involved in an environment that is largely 16+ - it forms a bridge between school and University and allows you to develop the skills that will be essential at University. You won't have a teacher breathing down your neck about assignments or homework or coursework, but you'll need to develop the personal motivation to do it yourself.

    I'm not saying your college will be like this - I'm simply saying that, despite what some people may believe, college is just as valid of an option as sixth form. There are bad colleges, but there are bad sixth forms, and if you work hard you'll be able to do well. Just look at which environment would suit you well.

    I'm glad I chose to go to college, and I would not change my choice.

    For me it was college because it proved to be better funded than my school. Funding does matter in the end and will often affect academic achievement because here I'm able to receive more support, better resources and learn from teachers who have spent 20 years on average, teaching their subject alone.

    But like the person said above, it could vary for you. Some school Sixth Forms offer better quality education than colleges. But colleges do tend to be less distracting, even if it's the small things like not having a school bell ring or teachers constantly pressuring you to do things. I feel there's more freedom at college as oppose to schools in general (flexible timetables and so on), but hey that's just me.

    Make sure to check the league tables for what you're applying for and pay them a visit, always worth checking the place out to be able to evaluate your options.
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