Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Why is college different to school

When you’re in year 11, staying at school might seem like the easiest option but there’s a whole new world of opportunities waiting for you if you step beyond your comfort zone! Coming to college will help you to prepare for an exciting new future.

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

Specialist staff

Most of our tutors are industry savvy and experts in the sector in which they teach. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your tutors so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curriculum activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Discover a different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

Enjoy it

Studying at college is an opportunity to learn what you love! For the first time in your life you can choose the subject you want to study, so make the most of it and enjoy!