College V’s Sixth Form

College 16 - 19

Whether you’re a school leaver ready to take the next step, an adult who wants to advance their career or learn something new, or you’re a business owner looking to upskill your staff – you can find it all here at Macclesfield College!

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The benefits of choosing College instead of a School Sixth Form

Young people are now required to stay in education or training until they are 18, this means that you have several options to choose from and we can help you make the right decision for you. One of the biggest choices you may need to make is whether to stay on at a school sixth form or consider a fresh start at a College of Further and Higher Education such as Macclesfield College. To help you consider all your options here is some information on how sixth forms and colleges can differ:

Wider range of study options

We are bigger than most school sixth forms, therefore we can provide a greater variety of learning opportunities, such as vocational courses (BTECs, NVQs) or apprenticeship training, at different levels to suit varying abilities. Vocational qualifications can offer a fast track to employment or University as they allow students to demonstrate they are better prepared for the workplace or higher study. Universities often prefer students from a vocational background rather than an academic one.

A different learning environment

College offers a different atmosphere to that experienced at a school’s sixth form: It can be more informal with a greater feeling of independence and you’ll be treated more like an adult. Your classes will be timetabled differently too, so there may be days when you might not need to attend, meaning you can use your free time for home study or part-time work. You will also get to meet lots of new people and make new friends as we take students from different schools from across East Cheshire and beyond.

Further Information
Expert support

Along with the teaching staff in your programme of study you will also benefit from the support of a dedicated progress coach who will monitor your learning goals, attendance, progress and general wellbeing. Additional Learning Support is available whether that’s through extra literacy and numeracy support, or support for a specific learning difficulty and/or disability. We can also provide information, advice and guidance on progression options throughout your time at the College.

You may like to view our Learner Journey – Step by Step Guide which outlines the information, advice and guidance we provide to you during your time at Macclesfield College.

Working with Parents/Carers

We’re proud of our relationships with parents/carers and keep them informed through regular progress events held at the College – in many cases this is more frequent than many school sixth forms.

Progressing Higher

Macclesfield College runs a programme of Higher Education (HE) options and our range of Higher Nationals (HNCs/HNDs) and Foundation Degrees provide you with high quality, cost-effective HE study, enabling you to continue your studies to the next level without the expense of going away to University.

Anything else you need to know

If you’d like to see for yourself what we can offer, why not attend one of our Open Events and come and see the campus and it’s spectacular facilities yourself or contact us and arrange a tour – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team
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