Most sixth form and college application forms include a section where you write something about yourself. It could just be a few lines or, more scarily, a large empty space with no word limit.
This is often the first time you’ve ever been asked to ‘sell’ yourself so it can seem a bit daunting.
But don’t worry – it’s the same for everyone applying and in most cases it’s just information so the college can get to know you a little before you start.
So what should you include?
It’s really not too difficult to work out. Follow these simple tips and everything should be fine.
Do your research
You’ll almost certainly need to explain why you want to attend that college.
Find out about the college’s facilities and courses. Think about why you want to attend. Is it the courses it offers? Does it have a great reputation for sport or drama? Maybe it has an excellent academic reputation and strong exam results.
Think about life after college
Most college application forms will ask something about your career or uni intentions.
You may know exactly want you want to do after college – if so, fine. But you may have no idea of your uni or career path, just a broad sense of the subjects you really like and others you don’t get on with at all. This is probably all you need at this point.
If you do have a clear idea of your future, now is a great time to check whether or not your ambitions are still relevant, realistic and achievable.
Do exactly what the form asks
Read the wording carefully. What exactly does it ask you to do? Is there guidance on what information to include? Is there a word limit?
Make sure everything is done exactly as requested.
Don't feel you have to include loads of detail
No one expects you to have travelled the world, done masses of voluntary work and excelled at football, ballet and chess. But if you do participate in any organisations or sports it’s worth mentioning.
Check spelling and grammar
This is not a good place to make these kinds of errors. Although the college is likely to be forgiving it’s better to read your form through a few times for errors (they’re so easy to make). If spelling and grammar aren’t your strong points, maybe get someone else to check for you?
Article by The Learn Ranger on Wednesday 22 November 2017
Sixth Form College Entrance Personal Statement
I am interested in joining xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sixth Form College because I want to gain A-levels and maybe advance into university. I think that by going to the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx sixth form I will gain these A-levels and advance to university.
I have good attendance, punctuality, behaviour, homework and classwork.
I have good skills in communicating which, I developed during work experience. I also have skills in teamwork and have strong self-confidence, also which I gained from work experience. At work experience I learned more about computers and how they work, also I learned more about architecture and using Information technology to produce architectural drawings. I have good business, computer and mathematics knowledge, which I hope to gain A-levels in. I am very pleased with gaining an A grade in both Information technology and business studies also I am very pleased with the A grade in Graphics, also a subject which I hope to study at A-level.
I have recently done my mock GCSE's and I have learned that a lot of preparation has to be done for success in these exams. I also have to prepare for my mock interview. Also workload in school has been increasing in both class-work and coursework, I have learned that if we do not meet the deadlines then workload increases even more!
In my spare time I go out with my friends and play football and cricket. I used to play cricket for a club and here I met new people, where I gained communication skills and increased my self-confidence
I am also a season ticket holder for Bolton Wanderers and I have met new people at the ground, and also by needing to communicate with people at the ticket office. I like listening to music and playing a lot of sports. I sometimes help my uncle with decorating and I meet new people and gain more decorating skills
At college I hope to gain three A-levels in maths, physics, graphics and business studies. From there I hope to go to university and do a course in architecture, interior design or designing cars. I hope to then work in architecture or for an automobile firm.
Article by TSR Community on Tuesday 03 October 2017