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BLOG: College Applications

Colleges cater for multiple different qualifications and the first step in deciding what to do at college is thinking about what you’d like to do after. The course you choose will depend on the job or university degree you’d like to do afterwards. Make sure you look into each course and qualification in detail to see what you are able to do afterwards!

Visiting college open days is a great way to get a feel of the college, chat to students and lecturers at the college and get more information on courses and qualifications you’re interested in.

Once you’ve decided what you’d like to do after college and the qualification and course you’d like to do, you can start your application! If you’re unsure of what you’d like to study, you can chat to a careers adviser through Ansbury – if you’re over 19 or have a Ansbury adviser in your school – or at the college you’re applying for.

Most colleges will allow you to apply online, however some still require paper applications. This will depend on the course and college you apply for and this information can be found on the college’s website.

Each college application will be slightly different, but typically they will ask for:

  • Personal Details – your name, age, address etc
  • Qualifications – previous qualifications, GCSE grades predicted or actual
  • Course Choices – most colleges will ask you to choose and first and second choice
  • Employment History – details of previous jobs if you’ve had one
  • Reference – contact details for a referee e.g a teacher
  • Personal Statement – a chance for you to show why the college should offer you a place on the course

Personal Statement

The personal statement section gives you the chance to tell the college why they should offer you a place.

Things to mention:

  • Why you’re interested in the course
  • Future career plans
  • What makes you a great candidate – awards, achievements, after-school activities, skills, work experience etc
  • What makes you suitable for the course – your skills, experience and interest that are relevant to your course

Personal statements will have a word limit, so make sure to include the most important and relevant information. Before submitting your application, write a draft personal statement, read it aloud and get someone else to read it, to make sure it makes sense.