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    I have applied to two colleges, but I'm stuck as to what to do!

    I won't specify which colleges (for privacy) but the details will be the same:

    College A:
    * Mainstream college
    * 99% pass rate (A* - E)
    * 35% higher pass rate (A* - B)
    * Need 5 GCSE Cs (plus Bs in Maths, Chemistry and one other science)
    * Easy to get to as I need to get on a coach to get there
    * Teachers that I spoke to on open days were excellent
    * VERY modern (only refurbished 2 years ago)
    * Atmosphere was great
    * Students were knowledgeable about life and studies there

    College B:
    * Sixth form college
    * (Almost) 100% pass rate (A* - E)
    * 63% higher pass rate (A* - B)
    * Need 6 GCSE Bs (plus As in Maths and Chemistry)
    * Not as easy to get to as I need to get on two buses to get there
    * Teachers that I spoke to on open days were mostly great.
    * Quite modern (maths block 2 years ago, some of the place is still old fashioned)
    * Atmosphere was good
    * Students were VERY knowledgeable about life and studies there

    I am taking Maths, Chemistry and Computer Science at A-level.
    I am predicted 1 A*, 6 As and 5 Bs at GCSE.

    Any help would be appreciated, including as to why you chose the college you went to. Thanks!
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    (Original post by millenniman11)
    I have applied to two colleges, but I'm stuck as to what to do!

    I won't specify which colleges (for privacy) but the details will be the same:

    College A:
    * Mainstream college
    * 99% pass rate (A* - E)
    * 35% higher pass rate (A* - B)
    * Need 5 GCSE Cs (plus Bs in Maths, Chemistry and one other science)
    * Easy to get to as I need to get on a coach to get there
    * Teachers that I spoke to on open days were excellent
    * VERY modern (only refurbished 2 years ago)
    * Atmosphere was great
    * Students were knowledgeable about life and studies there

    College B:
    * Sixth form college
    * (Almost) 100% pass rate (A* - E)
    * 63% higher pass rate (A* - B)
    * Need 6 GCSE Bs (plus As in Maths and Chemistry)
    * Not as easy to get to as I need to get on two buses to get there
    * Teachers that I spoke to on open days were mostly great.
    * Quite modern (maths block 2 years ago, some of the place is still old fashioned)
    * Atmosphere was good
    * Students were VERY knowledgeable about life and studies there

    I am taking Maths, Chemistry and Computer Science at A-level.
    I am predicted 1 A*, 6 As and 5 Bs at GCSE.

    Any help would be appreciated, including as to why you chose the college you went to. Thanks!
    I chose a sixth form college because I had tried a further education college the year before and I left because I was only 15 and ended up feeling uncomfortable at the college (this was to sit GCSEs before my A levels as I was taught at home). I found the sixth form college better with discipline, meaning I was more comfortable studying there and fulfilling my potential without fear of being teased just for being the sensible person I am. Having said that, some mainstream colleges have committed students and especially if you're studying A levels right from the start you know you'll be with people who have all passed GCSEs who (mainly) want to buckle down and study for their A levels.

    As someone who had to catch 2 buses to sixth form college for 3 years I can say that all the travelling does have the potential to make you extraordinarily tired and fed up.

    It's unlikely to affect your final A level grades too much, wherever you decide to go, as you'll be joining whatever college with your potential and it seems like the teachers are all up to the job. Both colleges have obviously had students get high results and it's likely that the sixth form has better results at the top simply because they have tougher restrictions on entrance. Do you feel as though you'd prefer to be amongst mostly high achieving students or would you feel okay being amongst more mixed ability students? That's basically the only difference I can see, along with the travel thing. Sometimes people who have to work harder for their grades actually have a better work ethic than those for whom great grades come naturally, so wherever you go you're likely to find people who work well and can be a good influence on you.
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    I chose a sixth form college because I had tried a further education college the year before and I left because I was only 15 and ended up feeling uncomfortable at the college (this was to sit GCSEs before my A levels as I was taught at home). I found the sixth form college better with discipline, meaning I was more comfortable studying there and fulfilling my potential without fear of being teased just for being the sensible person I am. Having said that, some mainstream colleges have committed students and especially if you're studying A levels right from the start you know you'll be with people who have all passed GCSEs who (mainly) want to buckle down and study for their A levels.

    As someone who had to catch 2 buses to sixth form college for 3 years I can say that all the travelling does have the potential to make you extraordinarily tired and fed up.

    It's unlikely to affect your final A level grades too much, wherever you decide to go, as you'll be joining whatever college with your potential and it seems like the teachers are all up to the job. Both colleges have obviously had students get high results and it's likely that the sixth form has better results at the top simply because they have tougher restrictions on entrance. Do you feel as though you'd prefer to be amongst mostly high achieving students or would you feel okay being amongst more mixed ability students? That's basically the only difference I can see, along with the travel thing. Sometimes people who have to work harder for their grades actually have a better work ethic than those for whom great grades come naturally, so wherever you go you're likely to find people who work well and can be a good influence on you.
    A fantastic response. Thank you so much for your help!
 
 
 
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