What is the difference between school and college?

So you have completed your time at school. You are done with it and ready to make your mark at college. Here is the lowdown on the difference between school and college and what to expect when you start Edinburgh College this year.

  1. You can wear what you want. No more school uniform that makes you hot in summer and cold in winter. You can wear whatever you want to when you come to college. Show off your personal style! Although some classes such as beauty and cookery require you to wear uniforms for health and safety reasons.
  2. Your day is not the typical 8.30am – 3.15pm. You will receive your class timetable before you start your course. For an average full-time course you can expect to be in college for 3 days a week. The remaining days are for you to study in your own time (and grab a pizza with your mates – we won’t tell anyone! ;)) or get a part-time job to pay for your living expenses.
  3. There are lots more students here. At Edinburgh College there are around 19,000 students. Whether you come from a large or small high school, the chances are you have never been to a school with this many people before. It’s a fantastic experience to meet new people in loads of different subjects.
  4. We have the coolest classrooms. If you enjoyed the art department and science department at school because they didn’t look like a typical classroom then you will love college. We take it to the next level at Edinburgh College with training beauty salons, car mechanics workshops and theatres. On some courses you will never see a traditional classroom again!
  5. You will be expected to study at home or in the library in your own time. Don’t think you can get away with only 3 days studying a week or you will have a big shock when your exams come around! The best part is that on your days off you can meet friends and study together or study from the comfort of your own bed (with Netflix of course). Just work out whatever works best for you.
  6. There are more opportunities to hang out – Edinburgh College is full of places to catch up with friends during breaks between classes. There are social spaces and coffee shops where you can chat about your course or make plans for the weekend.
  7. You are treated more like an adult. However, you are expected to act like an adult too! You can make your own decisions and are responsible for your own learning. If you need help with an assignment, take control and ask your tutor who will be able to support you.
  8. The teaching style is less formal. Your tutor almost acts as a mentor, guiding you in the right direction to learn what you need to pass your course. However, at college you get the best of both worlds. It’s not as formal as school but not as independent as university.
  9. You will get more opportunities for work experience, mentors, guest speakers and tours/visits. This will give you a real taste of the job you could end up with and give you great stuff to put on your CV!

Sounds good right? It is! If you come to Edinburgh College you will be joining one of the largest colleges in the UK and leave with an amazing qualification to get you the job, apprenticeship or university place you have always dreamed of.

We look forward to seeing you in August! 

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