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How is col­lege dif­fer­ent to school?

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 your ide­al job and career. 

Col­lege is total­ly dif­fer­ent to school – below we explore the rea­sons why: 

  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. There is also no dress code or uni­form for stu­dents to wear. 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.
  2. Facil­i­ties 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 brand new City Hub cam­pus in the heart of Not­ting­ham which will fea­ture a 200 seat the­atre, gourmet train­ing restau­rant, state of the art class­rooms and amaz­ing social areas. 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. 
  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 take con­trol of your own time man­age­ment. And speak­ing of time, you will get a lot more of it to your­self. On aver­age you will only be timetabled to 16 hours a week so you get more spare time than at school – we do encour­age you to study and do work out­side of your timetabled hours. You can also get a part time job maybe to earn a bit of money.
  4. 1 course, 1 sub­ject (unless you’re doing A Lev­els) – 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 that one 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!
  5. Meet­ing new peo­ple – You will be with like-mind­ed peo­ple who all share the same inter­ests and pas­sion as you have all cho­sen that same subject/​course, so straight away you have some­thing in com­mon with them. 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. It is like­ly you will know peo­ple from you school already who are at col­lege and you will make new friends straight away. 
  6. Step­ping out of your com­fort zone – it is quite easy to just fol­low the crowd and do what your mates do. It’s quite easy to just stay on at sixth form because you know every­one and every­thing and where you are going. But it is good to step out your com­fort zone. It’s good to be bold, to be brave and ulti­mate­ly to do what is best for you – this will ben­e­fit you lat­er on in life. The thought of col­lege can be daunt­ing, it is a lot big­ger than school and it will be new to you. But it is like any­thing new in life, you will get used to it. You will soon learn to love col­lege life, the atmos­phere, the free­dom, the teach­ers and every­thing that comes with it.
  7. Extra-cur­ric­u­lar oppor­tu­ni­ties – There is an exten­sive enrich­ment pro­gram at col­lege giv­ing you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to try some­thing new. Whether that be a new sport like fut­sal or Ice Skat­ing or even Tai Chi. There are also many sport acad­e­mies (such as Foot­ball, Crick­et and Darts) that you can get involved in and you can even go on to rep­re­sent the col­lege in nation­al com­pe­ti­tions. But it is not just sport you can get involved in, there are many oth­er activ­i­ties and clubs to get involved with such as the com­put­er games club or the Green Soci­ety. You can even become a stu­dent rep if you want a bit more respon­si­bil­i­ty and want to enhance your CV.

So yes, in short there are many dif­fer­ences between col­lege & school. But change is good as it helps you grow and devel­op as a per­son. And col­lege is that excit­ing change and next step in your life that will set you on that road to suc­cess in a career that you are pas­sion­ate about.

*If you don’t pass your GCSE Maths & Eng­lish at school, it’s not ide­al but it is not the end of the world. It just means you have to keep study­ing the sub­jects with us at col­lege and re-take the exams until you pass. This should act as extra moti­va­tion to work as hard as you can at school and make sure you pass them so you don’t ever have to wor­ry about them again because no one wants an extra half a day timetabled lessons of Maths & English.