Thinking about college, but not sure whether it is for you? Have a read of the below about how College differs to school.
College is all about that next step in your life and your journey to becoming an adult. If you have had enough of school and are ready for something different then college is the place for you. It will be an exciting, new challenge where you will flourish and get yourself on that right path to ensure you’re future ready!
1. Less formal
There are lots of little things the makes college feel that little less formal than school. Something as simple as being on first name terms with your teachers. No more Miss or Sir which might feel a bit strange at first but you will soon get used to it and build up a really good relationship with your teachers. For many of our courses, there is no uniform either! It is not a school, so no Year 7’s running around causing havoc, just students your age and older. It is our belief that all of these little things help you feel more comfortable and therefore allow you to learn better and reach your full potential.
College is a lot bigger than school which means bigger and better facilities. We have different campuses specialising in different subjects. Whether that be at our specialist construction workshops at Basford, our dedicated Art & Design studios at Stoney Street or our impressive Engineering workspaces at Highfields. Not to mention our City Hub campus in the heart of Nottingham which features a 200 seat theatre, gourmet training restaurant, state of the art classrooms, amazing social areas, dance studios, a replica airline cabin, our brand new Digital Media Centre and much more!
Did you know we are investing millions of pounds into our facilities over the coming year? A simulated hospital ward and observatory which are set to open this academic year. We have already invested in state-of-the-art science facilities and our brand new Digital Media Centre, are just a few examples!
These facilities are designed to give you hands-on, practical experience in whatever course you may be studying to prepare you for a career in that industry. Take a look at this video below where student Tommy explains how the Construction facilities at our Basford Campus are helping his career goals.
3. More independence
At college you are treated more like an Adult and given more freedom. No bells for lessons which means that you have more responsibility and can take control of your own time management. You can also come and go as you please between lessons. We do encourage you to make use of your campus learning centre’s and study spaces in between lessons, but with many of our campuses being based in central locations, many in Nottingham City Centre, there’s lots of options to explore during your lunch breaks and free time.
Choose to study what you enjoy!
Forget all those subjects you didn’t like or enjoy at school. Forget all those teachers who didn’t inspire you or motivate you. This is the first time you can just focus on the subject and course area that interests you, that motivates you, that excites you — whether that is Games Design or Sport or Hair & Beauty or any of the other many of options available. You come to college because you enjoy it and want to progress in your chosen course/career – no one is forcing you to be here like school.
With the widest range of courses and study options for school leavers in the region, the choice is yours! You can choose to study whatever you are interested in. Whether that’s an academic route such as A Levels, one of our huge variety of vocational, hands on courses, or an apprenticeship where you earn a salary whilst learning!
If you’re joining us as a school leaver and meet the entry requirements for Maths and English you won’t have to continue studying them (unless you choose to). If you didn’t pass (don’t panic it’s not the end of the world) we will support you to continue studying them until you pass. You can usually do this alongside your chosen course/s.
Meeting new people
It can be daunting at first but our students all say that one of the best things about coming to college is meeting new people! Because you have all chosen to be here and are studying a subject that interests you, you’ll be with likeminded people!
It is important to remember that everyone is in the same boat and have all come from different schools across the city, the county and even further away. Being new is something you all have in common.
Hear from our staff and students at our High Pavement Sixth Form!
Stepping out of your comfort zone
It can be easy to follow the crowd and choose something because your friends have, however college is a fantastic opportunity to step out of your comfort zone! Choosing a course that interests you, that you will enjoy, will benefit you in the future. When you join us, we do everything we can to ensure you receive a warm welcome and settle into your course and new surroundings quickly.
We have lots of support available too! Our Pastoral Tutors and Wellbeing Team are on hand to help and each student has an allocated amount of tutorial time each week, covering all things from study tips and team challenges to social action projects and fundraising.
When you join us you will quickly discover all the amazing extra-curricular activities there are to get involved with.
- Sports Teams
- Yearly Welcome Fairs
- Student Union
- Trips — both in the UK and abroad!
- Course Rep opportunities
- and much more.…
Did you know that we received funding from The Turing Scheme, the UK governments study abroad programme to run fully funded study abroad trips for our students over the next 3 years? Students have recently returned from Nepal, Thailand, The Netherlands and Italy. With another 5 trips already confirmed for this academic year!
You can see more over on our TikTok channel.
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