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 Apply

For details regarding the application process navigate to How To Apply.

The online applications for 2018 entry at The Sixth Form College, Colchester, are now closed. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider a late application. Please email the Admissions Department at .

Personal Statement Guidelines

We ask for these to be hand written (please bring to your interview), 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.

The College is proud to be designated a “College of Sanctuary”. This means a college that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety. It is also a college that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the college community.

These principles inform the work of our staff and the activities of our students in a number of ways, including our applications and admissions processes, our tutorial programme and the activities of student groups, such as the award-winning college ‘Friends Not Foes’ group.

If, as a potential applicant or as a parent or carer, you are concerned about any issues relating to these matters, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Team for further information. Also, if you or your parents or carers require support when receiving communications such as reports or emails from college – eg. Due to issues relating to language, disability etc. – please do let us know and we’ll do everything that we can to help.