What’s The Difference Between School and College?

As young people start their final year of school they are faced with a dizzying array of options: A Levels, technical courses, and apprenticeships – it’s no wonder so many feel confused! One of their biggest decisions is whether to remain in the school environment they know and perhaps love, or to launch out into the undiscovered world of college. 

In some ways school and college are similar. Students are expected to behave in a responsible and mature way; attendance in class is compulsory and deadlines are expected to be met for submission of work.

"But we focus on helping students become both university and work ready, with facilities designed to reflect real workplaces."

At Gloucestershire College we have the latest equipment in our engineering and construction centres; professional catering kitchens and commercial restaurants; hair and beauty salons open to the public; fashion and photography studios; a motor vehicle workshop; recording studios; theatres; Mac suites and more. We even purchased a house in Gloucester which over 400 of our construction students are working on to gain real on-site experience. 

Your child is unique and needs to make the choice that suits them. It’s important that prospective students take every opportunity to familiarise themselves with the environment and expectations before starting – so do come along to our open evenings or visit a parent information session.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us "good" with "outstanding" features.

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