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College versus School

Cauldwell Campus students

Big decisions. No one really enjoys making them; they usually involve quite a bit of stress and maybe even the odd sleepless night. Sometimes writing things down can help you to look at the pros and cons of both sides.

We know that one decision a lot of you will soon be facing is whether to stay on at school (sixth form) after your GCSEs this summer, or continue your education elsewhere.

Well, we’ve been handy with our notepad and pen (mouse and keyboard actually) and listed everything we think separates college from school. Of course, we think college is great, but we also know that if you’ve never been, you won’t really know what it has to offer. So take a look and we hope it helps you make up your mind and do what is best for you…

More subjects to choose from: You’ll be spoilt for choice with new subjects to study at college. Did someone say Motor Vehicle? Construction? Hairdressing? Professional Cookery? The possibilities are (almost!) endless!

A varied day: Most full-time students will have four days a week in college. Outside of timetabled lessons, you will be expected to put in additional study hours, either at home or in our Learning Resources Centre on site.

A more independent you: From calling teachers by their first name, to deciding how and when you want to study, you’ll find college is a much more mature environment… and you’ll become a more independent person as a result.

New people, new places: One of the best things about coming to college is making new friends. You’ll find people who share the same interests as you both in class and outside at the various clubs and societies. Depending on where you live you may also have a whole new town to explore!

Not just a classroom: Forget the days of learning just from a textbook, now is the time to take your learning to the next level. Depending on your subject you’ll learn in real life working environments – from a working in a building site, to working restaurant, and salon.

A stepping stone into industry: Many of the tutors at our College have industry experience, which means they’ve had a career in the area they’re teaching you! From singers, to hairdressers and soldiers, they’ll be able to answer your questions about future careers and help you to find work experience placements – dedicated work placement team. There are also lots of great opportunities with local and national companies at college; from competitions to guest speakers.

Your own support team: We know earlier we mentioned that college is a more mature environment than school, but you also get lots of great support. You’ll have access to our Student Services team who can help with pretty much any question you have – from applying to university to paying for the bus pass.

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