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There are two types of college, sixth form and further education (FE). Sixth Form colleges provide courses for students aged 16-19 and FE colleges offer courses for both young people and adults.

  • Colleges are usually bigger than schools and you will have the chance to meet new people and make new friends
  • In college you will be expected to take more responsibility for managing your own time, but there will still be help and support if you need it
  • Student Services in college can give you help if you have problems on your course, with personal issues or money
  • You can usually wear casual clothes, but some courses may demand you wear certain clothing e.g. overalls or a college tracksuit
  • Colleges offer a wide range of courses including AS and A Level courses, the Welsh Baccalaureate and the chance to re-take GCSEs. The choice of work related courses is usually greater than in school sixth forms

How do I find out more about College?

  • Visit the college on an open evening or open day
  • Read college prospectuses and look at their websites
  • Talk to your Careers Adviser
  • Talk to people you know who are already at college

You can also find a range of useful information on the Careers Wales website: https://www2.careerswales.com/lcdadmin/ELWA/default.asp?page=LCD_ADM_ELWA_PROVIDER_NEW

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