Questions from the S5 Conference: Part 2

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Questions from the S5 Conference: Part 2

Some more great questions from the S5 Conference to answer on today's post, so let's get stuck in!

How do I apply for college?

To apply for college, you submit an application to the college direct using the college's website (although there are some college courses where you will need to apply through UCAS). You can apply to more than one course at the same college, or to courses across different colleges. You'll make separate applications for each course. After you have applied, you will likely be invited to an interview or meeting with the college, and the college will help to find the right course for you. College applications usually open in January each year. When researching college courses, make sure you check out what's involved in the course and the entry requirements.

You can apply for both college and university in the same year, or you might chose to apply only to college. This depends on you! Even if university is your Plan A, LEAPS will also encourage you to apply to college as Plan B. 

Looking for more info on opportunities available at college, or info on some of the differences between college and university? We've got a blog post for you here on the S5 HUB.

What makes a personal statement stand out?

The personal statement is your opportunity to impress admissions officers, beyond your academics. Ultimately, admissions officers want to see your passion for the subject you are applying for shining through. They are looking for evidence that you understand the subject area you are applying for, and evidence of how you are ready to make the transition from being a school pupil to becoming a university student. This is what will make a personal statement stand out. There are a number of ways you can do this! Looking at the graphic below, following the blue arrows, are some examples for you of the types of things admissions officers are looking for:

Elsewhere on the S5 HUB, we have posts to help you with:

- ideas for how you can explore the subject area or career (this is a good one for you if you are thinking about studying a subject where it's not so obvious how you can get experience or find out more about the subject!)

- work experience and summer programme opportunities

- how to make the most of any extra-curricular activities or part-time jobs in your personal statement (this is a good one for making experiences you might already have relevant to your application!)

So, it's all about presenting yourself in the best light and making the most of the experiences you have, whether that's a part-time job or some work experience. Once you've got your S5 exams behind you, the summer between S5 and S6 is a great time to get involved in activities that you can talk about in your application. Then, we'll see you in S6 and can help you more with thoughts for your personal statement.

Finally, some of your thoughts on the S5 Conference...

That's a wrap! Thanks to all the students who submitted questions at the conference, and as always, please get in touch if you're not sure about anything mentioned above or have any other questions.