As much as we’d love for you to find your place at #TeamKC, sometimes that might not be the case. We’re not here to convince you to come and join us, we’re here to help you make a pretty difficult, big decision and be confident in the choice you’ve made! Here’s our guide to choosing a college.
FIRST OFF, RESEARCH!
This is the key element when you’re choosing a college. Find out as much as you can – college life can be quite different from secondary school and the education you’ve known so far, so it pays to do a bit of research to find the right fit for you. You need to have a good think about what you want your next step to look like; what are your passions, career ideas, all of that.
You can check out our ONLINE CAREER COACH for some inspo if you want! Or have a word with your school’s Career Advisor; we’re in constant contact with them so they’ll show you what sort of courses we have to offer!
You also need to think about travel; do you want to stay local or travel further afield? Can you handle the early rises if you decide to go somewhere that’s further away? Make a note of everything, it’s sometimes easier to make a decision when it’s all on paper!
VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OR A-LEVELS
That’s the golden question!
Part of choosing a college is working out what type of qualifications you want to start your future with.
A-Levels have been around a lot longer than Vocational Qualifications, and are generally more academically based…if you know you want to be a Doctor or have an idea of a career that is more theoretically based, then A-Levels are the right route for you.
A-Levels focus on academic, classroom-based learning with written exams at the end, which, although seen as a traditional path, is not something that suits everyone nor is necessarily the optimum route into your chosen career. We all learn differently and we all want different outcomes for our future after all!
Here at KC, we specialise in vocational courses. Rather than choosing three subject areas, vocational courses allow you to specialise in one area; this means that you will get devoted time, expertise and industry knowledge on that one subject that sparks your interest; giving you the ultimate edge when it comes to seeking employment.
Vocational qualifications combine practical learning alongside theory; so they’re perfect if you have a more hands-on approach to learning. You can check out our guide to all the different levels HERE
And, despite what you may have heard, Vocational Qualifications are a sure fire way to get into University! (KC run HND and Degree level courses, so if that’s the route you’d decide to take, we’ve got you!)