Admissions Department

We aim to provide you with all the information needed for you to make a successful application to the College.

In addition to looking at the material on this part of the site, you will need to look carefully at the subject information sheets (all available online) and other information provided by individual departments and of course our prospectus.

Please refer to the links below for further details. Only after careful research should you complete and submit your application.

How to Contact the Admissions Office

Admissions Office
The Sixth Form College
North Hill
Essex CO1 1SN
01206 500743/01206 505595


How to Apply

Applications for 2012 entry will open on Friday 21 October and close on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Please note that all applications must be made online.

Guidance to Applicants

First Priority Applicants

1. If you are a Year 11 student attending a school in the Borough of Colchester (regardless of where you live) you will be offered an interview, providing you apply before 31 January 2012. The interviewer will usually offer you a place at the interview, providing we have a suitable programme of study. All offers are conditional upon you achieving the entry criteria laid down both for your programme of study and your individual subjects and on our receipt of a satisfactory reference from your school.

2. If you live outside Colchester but the College is the nearest state provider of Sixth Form education.

3. A number of schools outside of Colchester have long established links with the College and if you attend any of these schools (regardless of where you live) you will also be a priority applicant. These schools are:

Alec Hunter Humanities College Holbrook High School The Ramsey College
Amberfield School Honywood School Stoke College
East Bergholt High School Manningtree High School Tabor Science College
Hadleigh High School Notley High School  

4. If you live in our priority admissions area (See map below), regardless of which school you attend, you are also a priority applicant.

Applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria – “Out of Area Applicants”

We welcome applications from well qualified applicants who live outside of the Colchester area. You can apply on-line via the college website Applications close on 31 January 2012. We have been oversubscribed in this category for many years and some out of area applicants may not be offered places. Selection will be mostly based on the distance from your home to College and your course choices. Please note that those living a long distance from College and opting for courses which are likely to be heavily oversubscribed may not be interviewed in the first instance. All suitably qualified students applying for IB will be interviewed and the majority will be offered places.

Decisions on applications in this category will be sent to you by letter, in mid March 2012. We believe that for 2012 entry this will be around 50% of those interviewed.

Priority Admission Area Map (Please note that the map is for general guidance only)

Priority Admission Area Map

If you are unclear about your status as an applicant please contact the Admissions Office.

Personal Statement Guidelines

We ask for these to be hand written, as this gives us a quick guide to your level of literacy and communication skills. So you might want to check your spelling and think about your sentence construction.

As with our own students applying to university, we want to see if your personal statement supports your course choices and career ideas.

Organise your statement into a structure that will make it read well. You should include some of the following:

  • An outline of your current career plan and any relevant steps that have already been taken towards this goal. For example job shadowing, careers advice from a professional body, career- based mentoring or any specific university ambitions that you have.
  • Work experience undertaken through Trident and any current part-time employment. What have these taught you?
  • Why do you want to come to College? What is the rationale behind your course combination?
  • Responsibilities in the home, at school, or in other organisations. This may include caring for siblings, or a parent, or making a significant contribution to any aspect of helping at home. In school it might be being a prefect; being on the school council, or organising charity, arts or sports events. Outside of school this may involve helping with the local Brownie pack; being involved with a Youth Council/Group, or helping with a junior football team.
  • Special interests and the specific activities by which they have been pursued in the last couple of years. What are you really enthusiastic about? Please don’t include shopping, watching the television or video gaming – these are taken as given.
  • What have you read? What books are you reading at present?
  • Who are your heroes? What inspires you?
  • Any significant achievements in the last two years– awards at school, representative sporting honours, public performances in the arts, maths/science Olympiad results.
  • Personal qualities and maybe a suggestion as to some of your weaknesses that might be revealing, but not too damning.
  • Please do tell us about any specific learning difficulty for which you have been receiving help at school and any other significant difficulty in your life that you have had to deal with. These help us to understand your position and make us more able to support you. This information is not used to determine your suitability for a place at College.

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