Year 11 College applications

Student destinations – The next step? College applications

  • Work backwards – think about what you want to do as a future career.
  • Research what qualifications you may need (this may even stretch as far as thinking about what university course you need to do and therefore which A-Levels/BTECs you need to do to get into the university).
  • Find out which colleges/companies provide these courses.
  • Go online and find out the dates of the open evenings and application deadlines.
  • Go and visit the college! Discuss what you like/don’t like with your parents and form tutor.
  • Don’t choose a college based on where your friends are going – they may have a completely different career path in mind to you. Plus, you will make new friends!
  • Write a personal statement to go with your application form, this will help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Sit down with your parents or your form tutor to do your application, check your spelling!
  • Apply to AT LEAST 2 colleges. You want to keep your options open.
  • If you are required to attend an interview, dress to impress! Be smart, polite and show off your best qualities. Have a few questions to ask them too.
  • Many college places are dependent on your grades for GCSE so you may not get a definite answer until the summer. With that in mind, work your socks off and do your absolute best in your exams to ensure you keep all of your options open.

Good luck!

Keep your options open!

Here are some nearby colleges/sixth forms. Go online, have a look at the courses they offer, and submit your application … what’s the worst that could happen?


Chessington School, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2JS

Chessington School is a co-educational, non-selective, secondary school providing excellence in education for pupils aged 11 to 16

Everyone valued • Every day an opportunity • Every moment focused on success

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Every day an opportunity
Every moment focused on success

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