College life is all about developing you ready for Higher Education and Careers. Many students feel that Paston is like a mini university. Paston isn't all about classroom learning, we host many events, trips, socials and every Wednesday afternoon there is the chance to get involved with Clubs and Societies. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy activities away from your course, you may fancy taking up basketball, volunteering or join the Far East Theatre Company. It’s a really great environment in which to learn and make new friends.

So What’s Different About Paston?

Paston College is a young adult environment, so unlike school sixth forms, you will find that all of our students are aged 16-19. You do not have to wear a uniform and you are on first name terms with all of your teachers, creating a relaxed and mature environment.

Subjects Tailored To You

You can choose from a large range of subjects taught by expert teachers who specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds. We write the timetable around your course choices with study periods and free time included.

Clubs and Societies

Being at College is as much about your personal development as your academic studies. Qualifications are vital, but qualifications on their own are not enough. There is a variety of Clubs and Societies on offer at Paston on a Wednesday afternoon, providing opportunities for you to meet lots of new people, and to enhance your UCAS personal statement or CV by involving yourself in something interesting and rewarding. If you cannot find what you want, we will help you start your own club. Additionally, as a Paston student you are eligible to receive a student discount at the Victory Swim and Fitness Centre, just five minutes’ walk from the College.

Visiting speakers

Our ‘Visiting Speakers’ programme is your chance to hear about careers from people actually doing them. Whether it is Architecture or Accountancy, Medicine or Marketing, Physiotherapy or Photography you will learn what their work is really like. If you want a talk on a particular career, please do let us know.  


Depending on the subjects you study, there are trips abroad and closer to home including Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, Clothes Show Live, the John Innes Centre, European Parliament, Supreme Court of Justice and visits to Cambridge and Oxford universities. Trips further afield include:  South America, China, Poland, Norway, Honduras, Iceland, Morocco, Czech Republic, South Africa, and cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Naples, Paris, Prague, New York.