How to apply for further study

Before making your choice of a college course or applying for a sixth form at a school, it is important to research your ideas thoroughly.

Sixth forms and colleges will want to know why you have chosen what you have, so you need to be able to give good reasons! Ask your adviser for help.

You can use this booklet to see what schools and colleges are in your area and the website, shows which courses are on offer.

For more detailed information, you will need to see college/school prospectuses or look on their websites.

Application forms are often inside the prospectus or you might be able to apply online.

Schools and colleges have open days/evenings for potential students. has details of open days. You should attend open events for all the places you are interested in. It’s your chance to really find out what a place is like and ask questions that will help you make a decision.girl studying choices FLAT

Things to find out:

    • how easy is the school/college to get to? (very important)
    • what facilities are there? (e.g. sports, library, computers)
    • how many students are there?
    • what are class sizes like?
    • did previous students get good exam results?
    • what did previous students progress to (for example jobs or further study)?
    • what support is available to students?

Applying for September 2018

Make sure that you get your applications in as early as possible.

Some courses are very popular and fill up quickly. You may need to have applied at least by the Easter holidays. Some popular schools/colleges have application deadlines as early as December.