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    So it's that time of year when we're trying to choose A-Levels. Fun times.
    I know roughly which ones I want to take however the colleges I'm not to sure on. I've currently applied for both however I'm uncertain as to which I should favour if I get the choice between them.
    I want to take Graphic Communication however the two present it a lot differently. So I was wondering if I could get opinions?

    College A
    -College A is really close to me. I could either catch the bus there or walk there.
    -The teachers seem really friendly so far and seem to know what they're doing.
    -They have a good pass rate and a few end up going to RG Universities.
    -I'm being offered pretty much all the software in the world and get to use this both inside and outside of the college
    -I'm required to present my Graphics Portfolio as a digital one (on PowerPoint). Occasionally in my current Graphics Portfolio I am required to do this but the presentation is a lot better on paper
    -My teachers have said time and time again that it is a good college but I heard feedback from one of my friend that their mum (who used to teach there) did not think it was well organised or just a good college in general.
    -I could leave after my lessons are done

    College B
    -College B is a bit further out. I'd end up having to leave at around 7, 7:30 and wouldn't get back home until about 5.
    -I like the teachers I've met although I think I made a pretty dodgy impression on one of them just for being too socially awkward. Even worse when they say they recognise you. So that's pretty bad.
    -They have a better success rate than A
    -I only have access to the software inside of the college however could get it at a discount through the college
    -I can present my portfolio in a sketchbook which is what I am most comfortable doing.
    -Again, it is a good college, has a good reputation.
    -I'd have to stay the entire day until the coach picked me up.

    Apparently universities favour colleges in certain areas more than others and it isn't just reliant on A-Levels? Supposedly there has been a case where someone from a less favoured area with and A and someone from a more favoured area with a B could result in the more favoured area with a B getting the place in university? I originally looked around a little bit and thought it was just the A-Levels that mattered but apparently the area does as well. Supposedly B is more favoured than A
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    I can give you some quick tips.
    It sounds like you are more optimistic about going to College A and it shows.
    I would go for college A because it sounds like you will overall have a better time. I would not suggest you go to a college that is too far, because it has a longer term effect. You will become tired and discouraged to go in, and wait to be picked up! You need independence and room to be free while you study.
    One thing I'll add, I don't know the ins and outs of professors and University admissions but if you achieve good grades (which you will!) the area isn't going to break and make you. That is not that important.
    I hope you're able to decide soon!
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