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News: How is Col­lege dif­fer­ent to school?

If you’ve had enough of school and are ready for some­thing dif­fer­ent, then col­lege could be the place for you! It’s your chance to take on an excit­ing new chal­lenge that will get you on the right path to your ide­al job or career.

College is totally different to school – here are the reasons why:

1. Less formal

From being on first name terms with your teach­ers to not hav­ing to wear a uni­form, Col­lege is a much more mature envi­ron­ment where you will be learn­ing along­side stu­dents with sim­i­lar inter­ests. Some of our cours­es do have a dress code, for exam­ple our cater­ing, hair and beau­ty cours­es – but this is to repli­cate a pro­fes­sion­al work­ing envi­ron­ment, espe­cial­ly as you’ll be work­ing with real clients and cus­tomers as part of your studies.

Don’t just take our word for it! Hear what our stu­dents have to say about their col­lege experience!

2. Bigger and better facilities to give you the skills you need to succeed.

From con­struc­tion work­shops and art and design stu­dios to a 200-seater the­atre, com­mer­cial train­ing restau­rant and salons to a mock air­line cab­in and state-of-the-art class­rooms, our facil­i­ties are designed to give you hands-on, prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence. Plus, our amaz­ing social and study spaces mean there’s lots of room to catch up on study­ing out­side of lessons and meet up with your new friends.

Take a look at some of our campuses:

3. More independence

Col­lege is a much more mature envi­ron­ment to school where you are treat­ed like an adult and giv­en more free­dom. No bells for lessons mean you have more respon­si­bil­i­ty to take con­trol of your own time man­age­ment. Speak­ing of time, you will get a lot more of it to your­self too! On aver­age you will be timetabled to 16 hours week – we do encour­age you to study and stay on top of your class­work out­side of your timetabled hours though, so do bear this in mind before tak­ing on oth­er com­mit­ments such as part-time work.

4. The choice is yours!

One of the great things about com­ing to col­lege is that you’re sur­round­ed by fel­low stu­dents who have all cho­sen to be here and who all have sim­i­lar inter­ests to you. For­get about all those sub­jects you didn’t enjoy at school, this is the first time you’ve got the com­plete free­dom to choose what you want to study. Did you know we have the widest range of study options for school leavers in the region? So, what­ev­er your career aspi­ra­tions or inter­ests, we are bound to have some­thing to suit you!

(If you don’t pass your GCSE Maths or Eng­lish whilst at school you will have to study these again along­side your col­lege course. Make sure to check the entry require­ments for your cho­sen course when you apply and if you have any ques­tions, get in touch).

5. There’s more to college than the classroom…

We have lots of extra-cur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties on offer that are the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to try some­thing new, have some fun and get to know stu­dents from across the col­lege. Whether you want to try a new sport, take part in trips, or join a club or soci­ety, our Well­be­ing Team run an exten­sive pro­gramme of activ­i­ties. You can even become a Stu­dent Rep if you want a bit more respon­si­bil­i­ty or the oppor­tu­ni­ty to enhance your CV.

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  • 20th January 2022 (4:18 PM)
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