It’s been a while since I’ve started 6th form but I thought I’d still share my experience in case you were interested. This is more of a chatty post so grab a cuppa and enjoy!
Subjects I take
Just to give you guys an idea, I am taking the subjects: Sociology, English literature and Business. As for enrichment, I am doing Core maths and all my subjects link together. I go to two 6th forms and I take the majority of my subjects at my current secondary school.
The First Day
I started 6th form on 4 the September and I was very positive about it because it was a fresh start despite me doing the majority of my lessons at my secondary school. The day started off by giving in my enrollment form and hanging around the 6th form centre (at this point there were no year 13’s). Once form time was over, we had an assembly that welcomed us and everything you expect from that. We received our timetables and from lesson 3, we were to follow the timetable. The day went great at first but it went downhill as the day went by. You’ll find out why when I talk about my English Literature experience.
This subject was a rollercoaster for me and it didn’t help that it was at another 6th form. Due to me going to me going to two different 6th forms, I have to travel between sites and my friends and I weren’t sure when to leave and we ended up leaving too late (that was fine because the teachers would understand and it was the first day) so that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that we got locked out of the school and there was no receptionist to open the gate for us and instead of being a few minutes late, we were 30 minutes late.
Luckily, we got the hang of being on time to the lesson. BUT… this is a grammar school and let me tell you this, I felt so stupid in the lesson because I didn’t know some of the words the teachers and students were talking about. So, I make a list of the words I don’t understand and research them which is added workload but it’s okay. Other than that, I’m enjoying the content I am learning and it isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
In case you were wondering, I am doing post-1900’s poetry and unseen poetry with the theme being love (I find poetry difficult so I have to work on that), Othello (by Shakespeare) and Tess of the Duberville which is a book that was published before the 1900’s.
Business (Changed from Product Design)
On the first week, I did Product design because I enjoyed Graphics at GCSE’s. However, I didn’t like it because of the fact of it being a mixture of GRaphics, Resistant materials and Art. I was expecting that but I wanted to give it a go anyway but it was a no from me, haha.
I didn’t have many options to change the subject so I changed it to business because it was ok during GCSEs. There’s an overlap so with the content so far, I’m doing alright which is a positive sign. The class is VERY small (there’s only 4 of us) which is crazy. I kind of wish there were more people in the class. Due to this change, I don’t do the exact same subjects as my best friend which was strange at first but, I’m fine with it now.
This subject was shocking in terms of knowledge. Nobody said anything about sociology have SOOO many key terms to learn (I knew that you had to learn theories as well) but, I am someone who doesn’t have the best memory and I already felt like I was falling behind after 2 lessons, haha. Luckily, I have study periods so I’m able to catch up and research anything I didn’t understand. Without them, I’d have no free time in the evenings.
I’m enjoying this subject because it is isn’t a full A-level but, it teaches you life lessons like taxes, etc. It’s honestly like a regular maths lesson but with a smaller class.
I so wish I had study periods during GCSEs because they are life savers. I get all my homework done and when I have nothing to do, I use that time to rest. Study periods have made days with 4 lessons out of 5 to be a chore and on those days, I wonder how I survived a full day of school during GCSE plus period 6 after school in year 11. The only downside is that I can’t go home during study periods. Altogether, I have 11 hours of study periods in a fortnight.
Thank you to everyone who asked a question over on my Instagram (follow my Instagram @lifeasnajida so then you don’t miss out on future Q&A’s!). Due to the questions being very similar, I’ve generalised the questions so I’m so sorry for not writing your username like I usually do.
Is 6th form what you expected?
Yes, because I was expecting it to be similar to secondary school but with more responsibilities, freedom and independence.
How have you managed to settle into a routine?
I think I settled in because I gave it time because on the first week I didn’t like the routine. It was quite a big change despite me still going to the 6th form at my school
What do you like/dislike about 6th form?
I like the study periods and but I also dislike them because you cannot go home if you’ve got a lot of study periods in a day.
Is it a big jump from GCSE to A-Levels?
Personally, I don’t think so. You are doing fewer subjects but with more content so I’d say it’s the same at the moment. My opinion may differ in year 13 because year 12 is supposed to be a lot easier.
What is the hardest subject you are doing?
It definitely has to be Sociology because it is saturated in content and it doesn’t help that I didn’t do it at GCSE compared to the other subjects that I’ve taken.
Do you get much support in terms of workload or career advice?
Yes! I think that is a pro against college because teachers are a lot more supportive and they help you a lot with careers.
Are you happy with your options?
Yes, because I’m doing all the subjects I enjoy!
You guys also asked a few questions that I’ve already answered within the first part of the post, hence why your question may not be there!
So I hope you all enjoyed this post! I wasn’t sure on what images to use for this post so I used the images in wordpress’s free library. This is the first time I’ve used them and they have such a cute selection! So when I do Q&A’s in the future with no specific theme, I’ll be using those images (it also helps me discover new photographers which is quite cool). Have a lovely day everyone x