Students at Solihull Sixth Form College, who are applying to university for 2021, have been getting expert advice on their Personal Statements this term.
Representatives from Newman University, De Montfort University and Staffordshire University visited the College to deliver 1-to-1 sessions last week. In the coming weeks, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, De Montfort University, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will follow suit with sessions in College or online.
Students who make UCAS applications for university places are required to write a Personal Statement. This is the students’ opportunity to give university Admissions Tutors information about them and why they want to study a particular course. It goes a long way towards universities decision whether to make an offer or not. University staff have been going through these draft Personal Statements with students and offering advice on how they can be improved.
Emma Podmore, Careers Adviser at the College, commented:
“We are grateful to the staff at Birmingham City, Newman, Coventry, De Montfort, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Staffordshire Universities for giving up their time to talk to our students one-to-one. That personalised feedback is invaluable in ensuring our students’ applications to university are the best they can be. Students are up against thousands of other young people, who will likely be predicted high grades, so their Personal Statement is the chance to stand out from the crowd and secure top university offers.”
Students also benefit from the support through Academic Coaching at the College. Every student is allocated an Academic Coach, who supports the student throughout their time at the College with one-to-one support and weekly seminars on a range of topics such as study skills, e-safety, careers advice and more.
Students who are thinking about destinations other than university – typically higher Apprenticeships and direct employment – are also supported at the College. Curriculum Vitae development and the support of an Employability Adviser are among the ways we do that.
28 September 2020