Year eleven is a scary time for all of us. Between revising for exams, taking all of your classes and choosing what to do next, it becomes a very stressful year. So, I thought I’d put together a few things to think about when you’re deciding whether to go to Sixth Form or College.
When you are going through this time, you need to consider all of your options. Especially when it comes to picking your subject/course. Your sixth form might not do the subjects that you want as A Levels or the college that you want might not provide the course that you want. So, here are some questions you should ask yourself when it comes to your options.
- Would you prefer to do A Levels or a college course?
- What subjects/course are you interested in?
- What career path are you looking to head down?
- Does your sixth form/the college you want provide the course/subjects that you need?
Another thing you need to consider is your opportunities. When you’re choosing where you want to go, make sure you are doing your research into that place. That includes the opportunities you will get by going there. This includes the kind of trips and extra activities. For example, if you’re doing a TV & Film course, will your college offer you opportunities to go and look at different studios? Make sure you’re going to pick a place that you think YOU are going to get the most out of.
One thing you will need to consider when picking is how convenient it is for you. Some people will pick to go to the sixth form at their high school because it is easy to get to and convenient. I, on the other hand, picked a college that’s an hour away. But, you have to pick somewhere that is in some way convenient for you to get to. As you need to travel to and from there, you need to know you can get there and back. For example, make sure you check out things such as walking distance, bus travel, trains etc. If you want to go somewhere and it’s going to take you three hours to get there and the same back, it isn’t really convenient. So, make sure you go somewhere that you can get to.
One of most important thing you need to consider is if you are going to be comfortable. Being comfortable when you are in college or sixth form is SO important. If you’re not comfortable there, you’re less likely to want to go and then you won’t progress as well. With such a wide range of choices when it comes to further education, there is going to be somewhere that you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable with the people you went to high school with, try not to go to the same place as them. It could lead to you feeling uncomfortable and then you won’t want to put as much effort into the work you’re doing. So, make sure when you’re looking around at places, you think about whether you’ll be comfortable there.
Doing what’s best for you:
And, the most important point on the list, make sure you are doing what is best for you! You need to choose the course, the A levels, the sixth form, the college that are best for you. Pick something that you enjoy and that you want to do for the next two years. This is a huge decision so make sure you’re doing the thing that is absolutely right for you. You are the most important person in this so you need to make sure you’re going to be happy.
And remember, make sure you are happy!