(Original post by étudiant fatigué)
Is meeting up with friends different?
Do you talk to less or more people?
How much studying do you have to do?
I'm writing from the perspective give of staying at the sixth form my school was a part of.
Meeting up with friends was a bit different. In my experience meeting up was more or less the same in year 12, but me and my friends seem to both get closer and then more distant. We got closer because we were older and related over similar things at that age, but then we got more distant because she started going out with boys and caring a lot about looking cool. We got even more distant in year 13 because she went to another school part of our sixth form, but I was alright because I got closer with someone who had similar values to me. Sometimes I would spend time alone which was actually really pleasant. The main difference between school and sixth form is that you can be alone. At school it's really difficult to be alone because you're there for 7 hours every day of the week. Sixth has way less hours, and you can leave when you want a lot of the time. This means you can disengage from bad friends and focus on yourself. It was very peaceful and freeing. Good for your mental health.
I think overall I spoke less to people, for example at break time before lessons I wouldn't speak a lot to people. But just like at GCSE when your classes change up and you get put with new people, you start talking to more people you usually wouldn't have, which is often really nice.
More studying is needed at a-level for sure because you've got less subjects, but in way more detail, and the expectations are higher than before, say for example, in English. This doesn't mean you have to study way more. I didn't, but then again, I got mediocre grades and had some stress because our teachers were mad about league tables. They'd shout at people and threaten those who weren't getting good grades, or weren't attending regularly enough. This was the worst thing about our sixth form. I can't speak for all, but our sixth form were too stringent, unsympathetic, and motivated for the wrong reasons, e.g. grades for the school's league tables over student's health and wellbeing. They had the capability to kick students out, and they did. This was the worst thing about our sixth form.
Apart from that sixth form is the bomb. The subjects are way more interesting, and if you're lucky you'll get good teachers. There's loads of free-time, you can chill on your own, you can go out for lunch, you can meet new people if you want, you do have more respect from the teachers, etc.