I don't know which sixth form to pick/does the sixth form truly matter?

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I am planning on taking biology, chemistry and maths/psychology.I am stuck between sixth forms and I want to ask would it be better to go to

a worse not so good state sixth form where I would probably have more fun/be happier as my friends go there and people with similar mindsets as me so not hard to make friends

a really good state sixth form specialising in sciences and maths and lots of oxbridge offers plus tailored medical programme and have good financial support ! don't know a whole lot about the school itself

a private sixth form with a 100% bursary offer small classroom sizes and they are willing to pay for A LOT of my expenses with quite a lot of oxbridge offers but they seem to specialise/ get more offers in the arts/English compared to science

a completely new sixth form I have never heard and I would get a completely fresh start and its a comprehensive sixth form, I do not really know much about it but I hear good things

the private and last option kinda scare me cause I don't really know anyone there plus people attending have a completely different economic and social status than me :/ rich + catholic while I'm frankly poorer and muslim and black, I don't really want to have to change for others or be lonely for 2 years, heard so many horror stories smh

Also, to go to a good uni does it matter what sixth form I really want to study medicine at places like imperial,ucl,kcl or oxbridge
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What is Sixth Form? I keep hearing it.
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It doesn’t really matter. Just stay on at your school if it has one
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the med schools will never have ever heard of any specific sixth form & they will not care either way - they just need you to get the grades & good references from teachers. pick the school that you will excel most at, which also has good extra curriculars bc you’ll need them for applying to medicine
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i honestly also don’t think that the school you go to has a huge effect on oxbridge - just get amazing gcse’s, alevel predictions, extra curricular, work exp, dome academic projects (like epq) & start reading up on current affairs and science/med magazines

hope this helps! i’m applying for medicine this year, not oxbridge or london unis bc that’s not my vibe but if there’s any other application kind of queries i’m happy to help
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It doesn’t really matter. Just stay on at your school if it has one
My school only started their sixth form last year so I am weary of going there
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i honestly also don’t think that the school you go to has a huge effect on oxbridge - just get amazing gcse’s, alevel predictions, extra curricular, work exp, dome academic projects (like epq) & start reading up on current affairs and science/med magazines

hope this helps! i’m applying for medicine this year, not oxbridge or london unis bc that’s not my vibe but if there’s any other application kind of queries i’m happy to help
Thanks ! I kinda want to go to the first sixth form I mentioned but I was scared that maybe it would be harder to get extra curriculars and proper support but I feel like I would be happier, I am guessing you have taken bio & chem level how are you finding them ? how is the med application process too? sorry for the many questions
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I don't think it matters tbh
Go to one with good teachers, unis don't care about the name of the school but I think they can occasionally favour us state school kids
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Thanks ! I kinda want to go to the first sixth form I mentioned but I was scared that maybe it would be harder to get extra curriculars and proper support but I feel like I would be happier, I am guessing you have taken bio & chem level how are you finding them ? how is the med application process too? sorry for the many questions
bio and chem are great! bio is a lot of content, some of which is boring but a lot is really interesting - you go into SO much detail about everything
chem is difficult but fun - a lot of organic stuff so lots of drawing formulas and molecules and mechanisms, but it’s also a lot of critical thinking
i also take maths- my fave subject honestly, pure maths is my fave thing ever it’s just fun and problem solvey and stuff, applied maths is somewhat boring and tiresome but the pure makes it worth it imo

applying for medicine is haaarrdddd and tirrinnnngggg, so far i’ve gotten all interviews and have completed 2
when you’re applying, my best advice would be to really really see what unis are most likely to give you interviews based on ur gcse’s and ucat (and ig what you think ur bmat will be, but u get bmat results after you apply so it’s a bit risky- i never did bmat, just applyed to ucat unis)
SO many people don’t look at how people are selected for interviwww properly so they get pre-interview rejections that a lot of the time could be predicted (eg i didn’t apply to edinburgh even though i loved it bc there’s only a teeny tiny chance they’d accept me with my ucat)

and also top tip, think about attributes that you will need as a doctor, which they will interview you on. if you can build extra curriculars that give u teamwork/leadership/ skills, you’ll have a lot to talk about

also, just enjoy ur time in sixth form! it only starts to get tiring in y13 so do relax and have fun atleast for the first year (and obviously try in the second year too) - if you think you’ll have fun at the first one, you’ll be in a better place mentally to succeed with ur studies, you can really achieve anything in any of the sixth forms if you keep your head at it
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I don't think it matters tbh
Go to one with good teachers, unis don't care about the name of the school but I think they can occasionally favour us state school kids
Yeah that’s why it thought state school would be better but as there haven’t been any open evenings I don’t really know much about any of the schools expect for ofsted reports unfortunately.
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bio and chem are great! bio is a lot of content, some of which is boring but a lot is really interesting - you go into SO much detail about everything
chem is difficult but fun - a lot of organic stuff so lots of drawing formulas and molecules and mechanisms, but it’s also a lot of critical thinking
i also take maths- my fave subject honestly, pure maths is my fave thing ever it’s just fun and problem solvey and stuff, applied maths is somewhat boring and tiresome but the pure makes it worth it imo

applying for medicine is haaarrdddd and tirrinnnngggg, so far i’ve gotten all interviews and have completed 2
when you’re applying, my best advice would be to really really see what unis are most likely to give you interviews based on ur gcse’s and ucat (and ig what you think ur bmat will be, but u get bmat results after you apply so it’s a bit risky- i never did bmat, just applyed to ucat unis)
SO many people don’t look at how people are selected for interviwww properly so they get pre-interview rejections that a lot of the time could be predicted (eg i didn’t apply to edinburgh even though i loved it bc there’s only a teeny tiny chance they’d accept me with my ucat)

and also top tip, think about attributes that you will need as a doctor, which they will interview you on. if you can build extra curriculars that give u teamwork/leadership/ skills, you’ll have a lot to talk about

also, just enjoy ur time in sixth form! it only starts to get tiring in y13 so do relax and have fun atleast for the first year (and obviously try in the second year too) - if you think you’ll have fun at the first one, you’ll be in a better place mentally to succeed with ur studies, you can really achieve anything in any of the sixth forms if you keep your head at it
Thanks so much for the insight to subjects I wa s quite worried about maths because I am not really naturally talented at it and I have to work hard to do well, I heard chem is quite hard as well so I was dreading it 😭. WOW that must be soooo draining especially balancing studies at the same time ! I have done some extracurriculars already so I can keep my options open but will definitely be looking into other ones in sixth form thanks ! To be honest I am a very indecisive person and I am scared to be in a new environment and would rather be somewhere where I know people but I do know that I have to go out my comfort zone and really think about what is best for me. thanks so much !
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Thanks so much for the insight to subjects I wa s quite worried about maths because I am not really naturally talented at it and I have to work hard to do well, I heard chem is quite hard as well so I was dreading it 😭. WOW that must be soooo draining especially balancing studies at the same time ! I have done some extracurriculars already so I can keep my options open but will definitely be looking into other ones in sixth form thanks ! To be honest I am a very indecisive person and I am scared to be in a new environment and would rather be somewhere where I know people but I do know that I have to go out my comfort zone and really think about what is best for me. thanks so much !
no worries- good luck!
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What is Sixth Form? I keep hearing it.
In England, secondary school is for 5 years (12-16 ) you start at yr 7 and end with year 11. you then go to year 12 and year 13 which is in sixth form (16-18)
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no worries- good luck!
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(Original post by marcelineegoist)
In England, secondary school is for 5 years (12-16 ) you start at yr 7 and end with year 11. you then go to year 12 and year 13 which is in sixth form (16-18)
Different here, 7 years of Primary School P1 to P7 and 6 years of secondary S1 to S6.
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