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    So I just checked my application and it seems I got a conditional offer there...which leaves me in a situation. I know I have loooaaads of time to decide which college to go to (I got conditional from city and islington and that was the college I wanted to go to as well). City and Islington college seemed PERFECT for me; the people, the teachers, the opportunities etc...but they didn't let me study all my A levels However woodhouse did allow me to choose all my a level subjects and the thing is the exam boards for sciences there were AQA, which I'm used to and feel it would be easier compared to the OCR salters and edexcel exam boards for the sciences at C&I. I did love the english faculty at woodhouse to be honest and spanish seemed alright I guess. My plan was if I didn't do as well as I expect in english lit and I do well in chemistry and biology, I could replace the third a level grade with spanish (to suit uni entry requirements).

    Spanish is a language I have picked up so quickly and easily (probably cos my second language is french) so I have confidence in the a level (I know it's a big jump but I am familiar with language a level as I'm doing french a level now, and I have seen the AS spanish topics).

    The reason why I don't feel too good about woodhouse is cos I felt that the atmosphere was miserable on the open day, apparently all the woodhouse students do there for fun is party which isn't my cup of tea, you barely get any support and you have to be very independent, it's in the middle of nowhere lol and I have to take two buses to get there (not bad but the first bus takes forever to come sometimes), and I want to have a good time there but I feel that I would be surrounded by stuck up people.

    Also apparently there are no work placements there and the lessons are like taking notes and that's it?

    PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong and tell me your opinions on this college. In addition if you know about programmes for aspiring medics or like career programmes etc please mention.
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    Hi
    (Warning: You will most probably read something with very poor grammar)

    So I just checked my application and it seems I got a conditional offer there...which leaves me in a situation. I know I have loooaaads of time to decide which college to go to (I got conditional from city and islington and that was the college I wanted to go to as well). City and Islington college seemed PERFECT for me; the people, the teachers, the opportunities etc...but they didn't let me study all my A levels However woodhouse did allow me to choose all my a level subjects and the thing is the exam boards for sciences there were AQA, which I'm used to and feel it would be easier compared to the OCR salters and edexcel exam boards for the sciences at C&I. I did love the english faculty at woodhouse to be honest and spanish seemed alright I guess. My plan was if I didn't do as well as I expect in english lit and I do well in chemistry and biology, I could replace the third a level grade with spanish (to suit uni entry requirements).

    Spanish is a language I have picked up so quickly and easily (probably cos my second language is french) so I have confidence in the a level (I know it's a big jump but I am familiar with language a level as I'm doing french a level now, and I have seen the AS spanish topics).

    The reason why I don't feel too good about woodhouse is cos I felt that the atmosphere was miserable on the open day, apparently all the woodhouse students do there for fun is party which isn't my cup of tea, you barely get any support and you have to be very independent, it's in the middle of nowhere lol and I have to take two buses to get there (not bad but the first bus takes forever to come sometimes), and I want to have a good time there but I feel that I would be surrounded by stuck up people.

    Also apparently there are no work placements there and the lessons are like taking notes and that's it?

    PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong and tell me your opinions on this college. In addition if you know about programmes for aspiring medics or like career programmes etc please mention.
    My friends went to Woodhouse College and they found it too strict.
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    (Original post by ODES_PDES)
    My friends went to Woodhouse College and they found it too strict.
    In what way? Pushing students to get the best grades possible?
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    In what way? Pushing students to get the best grades possible?
    When the teacher gets in the class, the door is locked, so if you are late tough!!
    (I am sure this breaks fire regulations)
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    When the teacher gets in the class, the door is locked, so if you are late tough!!
    (I am sure this breaks fire regulations)
    Isn't that the same with every college lol?
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    (Original post by ODES_PDES)
    When the teacher gets in the class, the door is locked, so if you are late tough!!
    (I am sure this breaks fire regulations)
    I go Woodhouse, and this is an old policy, they've stopped doing that, and pretty much all teachers no longer do this. Tbh you really should avoid being late to lessons anyway, but if you are late you just send an email (super easy email system there) and the teachers will be pleased you informed them.
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    Hi
    (Warning: You will most probably read something with very poor grammar)

    So I just checked my application and it seems I got a conditional offer there...which leaves me in a situation. I know I have loooaaads of time to decide which college to go to (I got conditional from city and islington and that was the college I wanted to go to as well). City and Islington college seemed PERFECT for me; the people, the teachers, the opportunities etc...but they didn't let me study all my A levels However woodhouse did allow me to choose all my a level subjects and the thing is the exam boards for sciences there were AQA, which I'm used to and feel it would be easier compared to the OCR salters and edexcel exam boards for the sciences at C&I. I did love the english faculty at woodhouse to be honest and spanish seemed alright I guess. My plan was if I didn't do as well as I expect in english lit and I do well in chemistry and biology, I could replace the third a level grade with spanish (to suit uni entry requirements).

    Spanish is a language I have picked up so quickly and easily (probably cos my second language is french) so I have confidence in the a level (I know it's a big jump but I am familiar with language a level as I'm doing french a level now, and I have seen the AS spanish topics).

    The reason why I don't feel too good about woodhouse is cos I felt that the atmosphere was miserable on the open day, apparently all the woodhouse students do there for fun is party which isn't my cup of tea, you barely get any support and you have to be very independent, it's in the middle of nowhere lol and I have to take two buses to get there (not bad but the first bus takes forever to come sometimes), and I want to have a good time there but I feel that I would be surrounded by stuck up people.

    Also apparently there are no work placements there and the lessons are like taking notes and that's it?

    PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong and tell me your opinions on this college. In addition if you know about programmes for aspiring medics or like career programmes etc please mention.
    I didn't like (hated) the open day at Woodhouse either, and yes they do like their students to be independent, but there are plenty of ways you can get help, they run loads of sessions specific to each subject and certain topics: there is a lot of help available, and resources you can access.

    Lol that's news to me I haven't been to a single party XD

    Woodhouse was my last option, I got in nowhere else and I'm so happy, absolutely love it there.

    I take two buses so it is a long journey, but I feel the college is worth it. The english dept. is amazing, and the science dept is pretty good.

    No one is stuck up, everyone is very friendly and open and the college have a great way of introduction - I know I'm singing it's praises but it honestly is a pretty good place to be.
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    I didn't like (hated) the open day at Woodhouse either, and yes they do like their students to be independent, but there are plenty of ways you can get help, they run loads of sessions specific to each subject and certain topics: there is a lot of help available, and resources you can access.

    Lol that's news to me I haven't been to a single party XD

    Woodhouse was my last option, I got in nowhere else and I'm so happy, absolutely love it there.

    I take two buses so it is a long journey, but I feel the college is worth it. The english dept. is amazing, and the science dept is pretty good.

    No one is stuck up, everyone is very friendly and open and the college have a great way of introduction - I know I'm signing it's praises but it honestly is a pretty good place to be.
    Thank you!! You see when you mentioned they expect u to be independent - that would apply to all colleges right? What are the classes like? I heard you bring ur own notebooks? Don't they have structured lessons? Or are they like lectures? Do you have activities in the classes? Are the lessons varied?
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    When they say independent, it's the way most sixth forms and colleges expect: the lessons are pretty similar to my GCSE lessons in terms of structure, it's the level and amount of content that changes. In other words, the lessons are structured in order to cover all aspects of the spec, and the independent work is extra revision and time you put in researching around your subject in order to understand the content better, and doing extra to get the best grades. This includes doing past paper questions, and for instance with English lit, reading different critics of the text.

    All depends on the teachers in terms of having activities and varied lessons - for bio I do a lot of worksheets (but not only), English is a lot of group work around analysis of an aspect of the text, psychology has many different lessons with videos and group work too. Really it depends on subject and teacher in some cases.

    You do have to bring your own materials: notebooks, pens, and any other subject specific stuff (eg English text), tho a lot of classrooms have the textbook in them or work from power points or boardworks (eg bio) so you don't always need to lug a textbook. I imagine this is the case in most sixth forms, as they are trying to encourage you to be better prepared for uni.

    In terms of extra materials, and resources, they offer study guides of certain subjects at discounted prices, and the library is brilliantly stocked: you won't have time to work theough ALL of the material available because there's so much. (Of course depends on the subject) this makes independent work a lot easier, as you can get access really quickly.
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    Thank you again for your detailed answers
    Last questions...(sorry)
    Does bio have practicals? Also you know when you mentioned worksheets, is that just something u personally choose to do? Is there debating in english lit?

    Again thank you
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    When they say independent, it's the way most sixth forms and colleges expect: the lessons are pretty similar to my GCSE lessons in terms of structure, it's the level and amount of content that changes. In other words, the lessons are structured in order to cover all aspects of the spec, and the independent work is extra revision and time you put in researching around your subject in order to understand the content better, and doing extra to get the best grades. This includes doing past paper questions, and for instance with English lit, reading different critics of the text.

    All depends on the teachers in terms of having activities and varied lessons - for bio I do a lot of worksheets (but not only), English is a lot of group work around analysis of an aspect of the text, psychology has many different lessons with videos and group work too. Really it depends on subject and teacher in some cases.

    You do have to bring your own materials: notebooks, pens, and any other subject specific stuff (eg English text), tho a lot of classrooms have the textbook in them or work from power points or boardworks (eg bio) so you don't always need to lug a textbook. I imagine this is the case in most sixth forms, as they are trying to encourage you to be better prepared for uni.

    In terms of extra materials, and resources, they offer study guides of certain subjects at discounted prices, and the library is brilliantly stocked: you won't have time to work theough ALL of the material available because there's so much. (Of course depends on the subject) this makes independent work a lot easier, as you can get access really quickly.
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    Thank you again for your detailed answers
    Last questions...(sorry)
    Does bio have practicals? Also you know when you mentioned worksheets, is that just something u personally choose to do? Is there debating in english lit?

    Again thank you
    Don't worry I'm quite happy to answer questions 😀

    Bio worksheets depend on the teacher, and they tend to be a booklet of notes that you worl through and add your own with my teacher. They do do practicals for bio as its part of the course (they do it for all sciences).

    One point I need to mention is you need to look at which of your chosen subjects are the new linear exams and make sure you will be able to handle them: bio for instance has moved on to the new linear system at Woodhouse, so the material you learn in the first year can't be forgotten as it could turn up in the next years exam.

    In English lit we have had class "discussions" here you argue your point, but no definitive debates as such.

    Hope this helps, feel free to ask more questions
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    I think all my questions are answered and I am very grateful for that, thank you so much. I am a little confused because yesterday online my application said "Conditions on offer" and a list of the grades I need to achieve minimum to study the a levels I have chosen were displayed under, alongside with payment checks? I thought that meant I got a conditional offer but when I logged in today it all disappeared o.O The exact same thing happened with another student in my class. What does that mean? They changed their mind of giving me an offer lol?

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    Don't worry I'm quite happy to answer questions 😀

    Bio worksheets depend on the teacher, and they tend to be a booklet of notes that you worl through and add your own with my teacher. They do do practicals for bio as its part of the course (they do it for all sciences).

    One point I need to mention is you need to look at which of your chosen subjects are the new linear exams and make sure you will be able to handle them: bio for instance has moved on to the new linear system at Woodhouse, so the material you learn in the first year can't be forgotten as it could turn up in the next years exam.

    In English lit we have had class "discussions" here you argue your point, but no definitive debates as such.

    Hope this helps, feel free to ask more questions
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    I think all my questions are answered and I am very grateful for that, thank you so much. I am a little confused because yesterday online my application said "Conditions on offer" and a list of the grades I need to achieve minimum to study the a levels I have chosen were displayed under, alongside with payment checks? I thought that meant I got a conditional offer but when I logged in today it all disappeared o.O The exact same thing happened with another student in my class. What does that mean? They changed their mind of giving me an offer lol?
    I'm not sure what that's about, if you've had your interview then maybe it's to do with updating the website? Wish I could help there, I've never heard of this happening before
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    (Original post by AndreaStewart)
    I'm not sure what that's about, if you've had your interview then maybe it's to do with updating the website? Wish I could help there, I've never heard of this happening before
    Okay thank you.
 
 
 

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