6 Signs Attending College or Sixth Form isn't for You

July 2, 2019

If the thought of attending a college or sixth form makes you feel anxious, then it might not be the right path for you… and that’s okay!
Whether you’re looking to take your A Levels straight after your GCSE’s or you want to take a step back into education, there are alternative ways of getting your A Level qualifications to attending college or sixth form.
Take a look at the 6 signs that college or sixth form may not be the best option for you.

The thought of attending college makes you feel stressed and anxious

If taking A Levels doesn’t make you anxious enough, you don’t want the added stress of being in an environment that makes you uncomfortable. Of course, it’s natural to feel anxious starting somewhere new, but if this is unbearable for you – there are other options!
Not everyone enjoys school and not everyone will enjoy college or sixth form. If the thought of taking your A Levels in an educational environment makes you feel anxious then don’t force yourself to go!
Although there are many benefits to college or sixth form, physically attending them can prove difficult to many people. If learning in your own environment appeals to you, studying A Levels through distance learning is the perfect option.

You’re fed up of teachers

This is not anything against teachers (in fact, we love them), but if you don’t get along with your teachers and prefer to be treated more like an adult then college and sixth form probably isn’t for you. If you study an A Level with us, you will still receive excellent tutor support, but you are given so much more independence.

You want to be more independent

Again, the step up from GCSE to A Level also gives you more freedom. In college and sixth form, your timetable is less full so yes, there is more freedom here. But, many colleges and sixth form centres still have a lot of control over when, where and how you study. For example, in sixth form, many centres timetable study periods which you have to attend.
Being forced to study at a specific time can have negative effects and can often be counterproductive. If you choose to study your A levels through distance learning, you have the complete opportunity to be more independent with your study.

You want to take charge of your own time

If time is precious to you, then nothing would annoy you more than someone dictating how you should spend your time. So, it comes as no surprise that if you want to take charge of your own time, college and sixth form probably isn’t the best option for you.
This is where distance learning is perfect for individuals who want to organise their own time or have limited time. You can study your A Levels at a pace and time that suits you.

You want to earn money

Often, when you study A Levels in college or sixth form, the lessons tend to be timetabled through a working day. If you need to work full time to earn money, whether your fresh out of your GCSE’s or you’re looking to study and work at the same time, consider studying your A Levels with Open Study College. Distance learning means you can

You’re returning back to education

Returning back to education after a period of time off can be quite daunting. If you are a mature student, attending a college class with younger students might not be your idea of fun. Choosing to study online instead, will ensure you are learning in a comfortable environment.

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Libby Barrett

As Digital Content Executive for OSC, I'm currently studying my IDM Digital Marketing qualification through distance learning. I absolutely love all things creative and when I'm not at Open Study College, I'm being a complete theatre nerd, performing in panto or amateur productions!

6 Signs Attending College or Sixth Form isn't for You
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