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Is sixth form or college right for me

Bit of extra information, I was one of very few in my area to get accepted for a scholarship/bursary to a prestigious sixth form. It is an amazing opportunity but if I go there I will have to wake up at 6am and be home at 6pm mon-fri. I feel like I won't have time outside of school and studies, for things such as hobbies and seeing my girlfriend.

FYI, I would probably like to get a degree apprenticeship once i am 18.

I like the idea of college as It sounds nice going only a few days a week. However, I went to some open evenings for colleges and I stand out alot, not to be egotistical but most people there have grade 4s and such while I'm at grade 7/8s.

Am I "too smart" to go to a public college? From what I've read it's a mixed opinion on college vs sixth form, what im worried about is, if I go to sixth form (private or public) and I hate it, I'll be miserable. But if I go to college I might feel like I wasted a fantastic opportunity to go to a good school.
Pls help
Reply 1
- Private sixth form offers prestigious opportunities but long hours!
- Public college offers flexibility but may not match academic level.
- Consider priorities: academic challenge, work-life balance, future goals etc..
- Explore support systems at both options to ensure it’s right for you
- It's okay to prioritise your well-being and happiness. Trust your instincts

but sounds like college isn’t for you
Reply 2
Original post by Noble.x
- Private sixth form offers prestigious opportunities but long hours!
- Public college offers flexibility but may not match academic level.
- Consider priorities: academic challenge, work-life balance, future goals etc..
- Explore support systems at both options to ensure it’s right for you
- It's okay to prioritise your well-being and happiness. Trust your instincts
but sounds like college isn’t for you

Why is it not for me
Reply 3
I went to someopen evenings for colleges and I stand out alot, notto be egotistical but most people there have grade4s and such while I'm at grade 7/8s

Sounds like sixth form aligns best with your academic and personal goals. Since you are achieving high grades you might benefit from a more structured approach and an academically vigorous environment of a sixth form. Ultimately the choice is yours
Reply 4
Original post by Noble.x
I went to someopen evenings for colleges and I stand out alot, notto be egotistical but most people there have grade4s and such while I'm at grade 7/8s
Sounds like sixth form aligns best with your academic and personal goals. Since you are achieving high grades you might benefit from a more structured approach and an academically vigorous environment of a sixth form. Ultimately the choice is yours

But the thing is, the reason I'm considering college as an option is because I hate the school environment, I think its flawed tremendously. Going to the sixth form almost 2 hours away from 6am till 6pm seems like alot. I just can't decide what I want.
Reply 5
Original post by codyvarga
But the thing is, the reason I'm considering college as an option is because I hate the school environment, I think its flawed tremendously. Going to the sixth form almost 2 hours away from 6am till 6pm seems like alot. I just can't decide what I want.

in that case you can typically study the same subjects in college as you would in sixth form but with more depth and specialisation. However, keep in mind that college may also offer new subjects and fields of study that you may want to explore, so remain open to new possibilities as well.

What subject would you want to study?
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 6
Original post by Noble.x
in that case you can typically study the same subjects in college as you would in sixth form but with more depth and specialisation. However, keep in mind that college may also offer new subjects and fields of study that you may want to explore, so remain open to new possibilities as well.
What subject would you want to study?
Engineering probably
Original post by codyvarga
Bit of extra information, I was one of very few in my area to get accepted for a scholarship/bursary to a prestigious sixth form. It is an amazing opportunity but if I go there I will have to wake up at 6am and be home at 6pm mon-fri. I feel like I won't have time outside of school and studies, for things such as hobbies and seeing my girlfriend.
FYI, I would probably like to get a degree apprenticeship once i am 18.
I like the idea of college as It sounds nice going only a few days a week. However, I went to some open evenings for colleges and I stand out alot, not to be egotistical but most people there have grade 4s and such while I'm at grade 7/8s.
Am I "too smart" to go to a public college? From what I've read it's a mixed opinion on college vs sixth form, what im worried about is, if I go to sixth form (private or public) and I hate it, I'll be miserable. But if I go to college I might feel like I wasted a fantastic opportunity to go to a good school.
Pls help

Hmm, same way there are private 6th forms that perform badly, there are public colleges that are well achieving and still offer a lot of freedom so it’s worth to look into if there are any more in your area.
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 8
Original post by JustBenjamin
Hmm, same way there are private 6th forms that perform badly, there are public colleges that are well achieving and still offer a lot of freedom so it’s worth to look into if there are any more in your area.

Yeah I feel like the public sixth form near me will give me alot more free time to enjoy myself

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