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How To Write A Personal Statement For Sixth Form Application

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

  1. Hi,
    I am applying for a sixth form and have to write a letter to introduce myself. I have been given no guidelines at all by the school so I have done my best. Please can you read the letter below and tell me if it is okay and what I could do to improve it. Thanks!! Really want a place at this sixth form

    Dear Mr XXXXX,

    I would like to apply for entrance into the XXXXXXX sixth form for the next academic year as I am impressed with the excellent quality of teaching, facilities and extra-curricular activities offered by the school.

    I believe myself to be a very mature, hardworking and dedicated individual. I have a very strong academic record, reflected by the fact that I have already completed five GCSEs and achieved A*s in all of them. I completed GCSE Arabic and GCSE Mathematics in year 8, GCSE ICT and GCSE Design Technology in year 9 and GCSE Physics as well as well as the first module in A Level Mathematics in year 10. Furthermore, I have attained 100 UMS in seven science modules and 99 UMS in the A Level Mathematic module. The reason for completing these qualifications early is because I thrive off a constant challenge and always strive to reach my full potential. I have been homeschooled throughout secondary school and therefore, much of the qualification content has been self-taught.

    Aside from studying, I take part in many extra-curricular activities. I have recently become a member of St John Ambulance and meet with the other members once a week. I will soon undergo first aid training and volunteer on first aid duties for local community events. In addition to this, over the last three years, I have been tutoring children aged 4-15 in Arabic. I also tutor a year 8 student in mathematics and science. Moreover, I frequently volunteer at my former primary school, helping to organise fundraising events, producing flyers and posters to advertise these events and supervising students for off-site trips. I currently support an EAL student and give her one-to-one lessons twice a week to help her learn English as a second language. I have also completed about 30 hours of work experience in an art studio as well as two days work experience at a local dental clinic over the Christmas holidays. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming and web design.

    I have chosen to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English Literature A levels and I believe that I will enjoy the intellectual challenge these subjects provide. I also enjoy the GCSE study of these subjects and find science especially very intriguing. In the future, I would like to study medicine so believe that these subjects, along with the Mathematics A level I am sitting this year, will be a good basis for university study as the sciences complement each other well and English Literature will give me a well rounded spectrum of study. I understand that extensive work experience is needed for entry into medicine. Therefore, I am currently applying for a voluntary post as a ward assistant at XXXXXXXX Hospital. I intend to volunteer for two or three hours a week over a period of at least a year, so that I can gain a valuable insight into working in a caring role. I have also managed to arrange a week long work experience placement in the A&E department over the summer holidays.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for considering my application for the sixth form next year.
    Yours sincerely,


  2. did u have to write this, just because i went to a sixth form, and there was no letter needed :/

  3. Yes I do but I've applied to two other schools and they haven't asked for one. This school's just trying to be a right pain.
    (Original post by asumusu)
    did u have to write this, just because i went to a sixth form, and there was no letter needed :/

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