Quick Guide: College vs School

16 years old, do I stay at school for another two years or do I head to college where I can make new friends and study something I’m truly passionate about? A big decision that requires a lot of thought and consideration. While no one can decide for you which is best fit for your education, we are here to provide some insight and support on why college could be the perfect option for you.
Firstly, college offers a much wider range of courses and levels for you to choose from, meaning there is something suitable for everyone. From engineering to hairdressing, or perhaps an apprenticeship in accounting, there is bound to be a course perfect for you. You can even study English & Maths alongside your course. Sound appealing so far? Well, it doesn’t stop there!

Now, we completely understand that leaving familiar faces and your comfort zone may seem scary right now, but just remember that everyone will be in the same situation as you! Coming to college is a fantastic way for you to meet new friends and become a more confident young adult. Speaking of which, you will learn in an adult environment and be treated like the young mature adult that you are! At college, everyone respects each other and this is the key to a positive and mature environment.

And there’s more! By attending college you will have the opportunity to use some fantastic facilities. From live-learning environments and excellent catering facilities, you’re sure to be well looked after!
Unlike school, where you would be expected to attend six hours a day, five times a week, college is more flexible, meaning your timetable is unlikely to be all day, every day. This will allow you free time to complete coursework and focus on work experience opportunities. 

So, there you have it! Deciding whether to stay at school or head to college is a big decision for many people your age. Perhaps your parents want one thing, and you want another. Perhaps one friend is heading to college and the other is staying at school. Hopefully this has given you a better understanding of your options, good luck in your decision making!
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