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News: Studying A Levels at College vs School. What’s the difference?

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Are you wanting to study A Levels but stuck trying to decide between school and college?

We’ve put together a few key differences between the two, and explain why choosing to study at a sixth form college like High Pavement could give you the advantage when it comes to preparing for university level study, or future employment.

Dedicated staff with specialist subject knowledge

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Unlike school sixth forms where teachers often teach multiple subjects, year groups and qualifications, our dedicated team of lecturers specialise in teaching A Levels. This means you get the specialised teaching and support that you need – and we still maintain small class sizes.


High Pavement is based right next door to Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus where you can immerse yourself in student life, and gain a new level of independence that school can rarely offer. Our city centre location means we are easily accessible by all major public transport links too.

Support dedicated to A Level students

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As well as being assigned your own personal tutor, we have achievement coaches, careers advisers and student services staff based at High Pavement so they are available to support and guide you.

Specialist university advice and application support

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At school, teachers usually have to juggle their knowledge of UCAS and availability to give advice with their teaching commitments. We have specialist UCAS advisers at High Pavement to help with choosing your options, completing your UCAS application and preparing for interviews.

A mature environment full of likeminded students

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Unlike school where you are often studying amongst younger students, High Pavement is a mature and inspiring learning environment. You’ll meet loads of fellow students who’ve also chosen A Levels so you’ll find you have lots of support, and the opportunity to make new friends.

Fantastic facilities dedicated to A Level students


Studying A Levels in a school environment often means sharing learning facilities with lots of year groups. High Pavement has everything you need onsite, including well equipped classrooms and great facilities such as our learning centre with over 70,000 resources, study areas, group work spaces and computers – just for A Level students.

A huge range of courses and subject combinations


High Pavement has over 24 A Level programmes to choose from (one of the widest offerings in the region) and we can cater for lots of subject combinations. Whilst completing your studies you will also have the opportunity to work towards extra qualifications such as The Extended Project.

Enrichment opportunities.


Unlike many schools, we offer a full enrichment programme outside of lessons to enhance your college experience. You could represent the college in a sports team, learn a new skill, boost your CV, take part in a trip, or join a club or society.

Not applied to study with us yet?

Don’t worry there is still time! As long as you have your GCSE results you can still apply to study A Levels with us and start in September.

Apply online today and attend our drop in enrolment session this Saturday (31st August). Even if you are unsure that your results match our entry requirements, we may still be able to help so please get in touch.

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  • 29th August 2019 (11:32 AM)
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