What is college? The difference between school and college.

Here is the lowdown on the difference between school and college and what to expect when you start Edinburgh College this year.

Aside from work wear, 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. Although some classes such as beauty and cookery require you to wear uniforms for health and safety reasons.

You won’t be in college 5 days a week

Your day is not the typical 8.30am – 3.15pm. 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 or get a part-time job to pay for your living expenses.

Opportunities to meet a lot of new people

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. Our students’ association, ECSA, run events, clubs and societies which give you a great chance to socialise. Check out their website.

More than just traditional 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 with training beauty salons, car mechanics workshops and theatres. On some courses you will never see a traditional classroom again!

Study wherever works best for you

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).

Social spaces for meeting friends

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.

More independence than school

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.

Get ready for work

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? If you come to Edinburgh College you will leave with an amazing qualification to get you the job, apprenticeship or university place you have always dreamed of. Come to our Course Clearing Event on 9 August to find out what courses are available for you to start this year.