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10 reasons why college is different to school


It is hard to decide what to do after you have finished your GCSEs. Staying at school might seem like the easiest option but take time to explore other opportunities. There is a whole new world out there waiting for you!

1. Treated like an adult

You are treated like an adult at college, which will help make you more independent and responsible.

2. More choice

Colleges are generally bigger than schools and sixth forms, so they can offer you more courses and more classes within each course or subject area. For the first time in your life you can choose the subject you want to study!

3. Independence

At college you are encouraged to become more independent and responsible for your own learning, which will prepare you for life after college.

4. Specialist teachers

Most of our tutors are industry savvy and experts in the sector in which they teach.  They have lots of invaluable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.

5. Opportunities beckon

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities.  As well as boosting your confidence they will help you to develop skills and personal qualities outside the classroom.

6. Make new friends

You will not only make new friends with your classmates, you will also meet students from other courses.  Our Students’ Union organise social events to help you meet other students and settle into college life.

7. Meet real employers

Many courses link closely with employers who operate in the industry you are developing skills to join. This means you can start to build up industry contacts, possibly work with employers as part of your course and it could even help you land your first full-time job.

8. No more sir or miss

Your tutors are not called ‘sir’ or ‘miss’ at college, you call them by their first name. Your tutors will take time to get to know you and treat you as an individual.

9. Real-life facilities

Colleges can invest in specialist facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare you for university or employment with real life working environments and industry standard equipment.

10. Free time

Your lessons will not run from 9am until 3pm like at school and you do not have to come in on days when there are no timetabled lessons.  In your free time you can take part in our many sports activities, use it for study time, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

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