At the end of year 11 or 12 you can leave your current school and go onto further education (college).
Some students really like the idea of studying somewhere different and would like a fresh start and yes you will find that college in very different to school!
You can study courses that will help you get to learn a trade such as hairdressing or carpentry. You can even do things like animal management and performing arts, IT and Business.
You might only attend college 3 days per week. Some courses will involve a work placement such as Childcare and Health and Social Care so these will be four days per week.
No more assemblies, you will go straight to your lessons but your days might be longer than a school day but it is a shorter week which means you can get a part time job.
You can choose to study either vocational (work related courses) or A levels.
No uniform unless you are doing a specialised course such as catering, hair or beauty, health and social care, childcare or front line services.
Colleges are much bigger places than most schools – you will soon learn your way round just like you did in year 7!
Some things are the same – you will need to hand your work in on time and will be expected to attend all your timetabled lessons!
If you think college might be the right place for you after year 11 you need to....
Talk your ideas through with your parents or careers and the careers advisor in school.
Go to an open day to find out about all the different courses available and have a look round – open days usually start around November time and the dates will be available on the college websites.
Make an application – you can either do this online using www.ucasprogress.com
A user name and password for UCAS progress will be sent to your home address in the autumn term when you are in year 11. Or you can complete a paper application from which you find in the college prospectus or print off from the college website.
Make sure you get an adult to check your application before you send it off!
You will be asked to attend an interview make sure you go. Let your parents or carers know the date so they can remind you – if you don’t attend you might lose your place on the course!
Attend the induction day and enjoy a new start in college!!!
Information about local colleges is available on the Your Choice in Medway website www.yourchoiceinmedway.org.uk