I'm finding myself at the moment in a not dissimilar situation to that which I was in two years back; deciding my future education, however while I was a lot more certain last time now I feel like a little lost sheep in this huge field. It has made me reflect on the decisions I made back in 2005/6 and I can see the mistakes I made and the things I did right so I feel like offering this advice to the young'uns!! Obviously you don't have to be 16 to be taking A levels but my advice here is probably more suitable for people of that age, though, you never know!!
You could go to one of the colleges that offer education for everyone, of every age. I personally would not recommend this for A levels for teenagers because it is a complete difference to school, you will be expected to take full responsibility for your education, and after years of school where you will be force fed information and followed up when missing class and homework etc. not many people can handle the huge difference. Also you are going to end up in classes full of people of different ages; my friends went to one of these colleges and went into their English class where they met an old man, they had assumed he was the teacher but he turned out to be a student. Now this may not be a concern for you, but it does mean that where in VI form lessons will be designed for your age, this won't be so in one of these colleges. These colleges suit people going for courses not available in the VI form, such as hairdressing or childcare, but I wouldn't recommend them for A levels, though you may find them your thing!!There are also VI form colleges about the place which provide education for students aged 16-19 and no other ages. I chose to go to one of these; it was much bigger than the VI form and had a lot more money so the equipment is all up to date. As the college is full of people of the same age it is designed for us, there is advice available for young lifestyles (sexual health, connexions, money advice etc.) and the format is something between school and university, so that while we are expected to work a lot more independently than at school we will be chased if we're not doing the work and this is exactly what I needed!!
Ah… the important part of this!! Obviously after choosing colleges you need to see what they offer in terms of courses.
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