Expert Tips For Making A Successful Sixth Form Application

The following expert tips, advice and guidance will enhance your application and give you a greater chance of success. Please read carefully.  It’s important to remember that applying to any Sixth Form is a competitive process and even more so when you apply to the NCS.

Start your application by clicking on the button on the bottom of this page from January 1st.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications open?

We’ll be welcoming online applications from 1st January 2024.

When do applications close?

You must submit your application by 18:00 on 9th February 2024.

Do I have to fill in the form in one go?

No. You will be able to save your application as a draft as many times as you like. This will allow you to complete it at your own pace and check the contents. However, you must submit your completed form by the deadline.

What do I need to complete the form?

The form must be completed online. We will ask you to create an account so that you can save your drafts before submitting.

Ensure you only use your personal email address to register your account and in sections about your personal information.

Applications registered with a school email address will not be taken into consideration.

Don’t have a personal email address? You can easily setup a free account with Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, etc.

I’ve made a mistake in my personal statement, can I submit another application?

You can only submit one application form. Please make use of our drafts feature to check the details and statements in your application before submitting.

Do I benefit from submitting my application straight away?

No! You gain no advantage from being the first to submit your form. We’d much rather you spent the time checking the content and making sure you submit the best application possible. However, you must submit your form by the deadline.

Do I need a referee?

Yes. You will need to provide details of a teacher at your current school. This is usually your year head. Do not panic if we don’t contact referees to check your statement and predicted grades are accurate immediately. We received over 3000 applications last year and it takes some time to contact every single referee.

When will I know if I’m successful?

We will respond to all applicants by 31st May 2024.  If you haven’t heard from us by this date please do get in touch to find out about the status of your application.

Do you have any tips for making my application stand out from the crowd?

Yes! We do! Please read our guide below…


Top Tips For Applications


Top Tip 1 – Research

Before you begin to put pen to paper in writing your personal statement carry out as much research on The NCS as you can. There is plenty of information on our website and our Twitter thread to give you an insight into the type of Sixth Form we are and our ethos and philosophy. You should also watch the many videos we have created as this will also provide you with invaluable insight into what our students and teachers think about the NCS and the range of opportunities we provide for our students.


Top Tip 2 – The Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an extremely important part of your application to the NCS as it provides us with key information about you and your interests, it’s vital that you spend time thinking about what you want to include so you present yourself in the best possible light.

Once you have completed all your research begin to draft your personal statement. Your personal statement should be no longer than 800 words and include information about the reasons why you have decided to apply to the NCS (this is where the research comes in!), what your future ambitions are (this does not have to be career focussed if you are not sure what you want to do yet) and what subjects you wish to study and why. You will have an additional 500 words to discuss outside hobbies and interests. We want to know more about you and whether you believe like us that through education you can become a future leader.

Once you have drafted your personal statement it’s always good to get someone else to read it and give you a critical perspective. This could be your parent, carer, teacher, friend or mentor but it’s important whoever you choose they are honest and open with you and give you constructive feedback.

Once you are happy with the content of your personal statement and you have drafted and redrafted it several times it’s important that you check your statement meticulously ensuring there are no grammatical or punctuation mistakes. Submitting a flawless personal statement says a lot about your attention to detail and the pride you take in your work.

Please note: Our application system uses detection software to quickly identify statements that have been written by (in part or full) AI language models and/or have been plagiarised. Any detected use of AI or plagiarised content may invalidate a student’s application to join us. 


Top Tip 3 – The Application Form/Referee

Make sure that you take the time to ensure that all your contact details are correct especially your email address as this will be our primary method for contacting you. Check and double check the form before submitting it. This year you will be required to login to our application form. This will give you the ability to save your progress and ensure that everything is correct before you submit your application. You will only be able to submit the form once.

There will also be a teacher in your school, usually your head of year with responsibility for providing a reference for you and it’s important to find out who this person is before you provide their details. It is also courteous to ask the teacher whether they will be your referee before inserting their details on to the application form. Again ensure that their contact details are accurate and it must be their school email. We will not accept references submitted from a personal email address.

Information you will need to complete the form:

  • Your contact details.
  • You parents’ contact details.
  • Your unique learner and student numbers.
  • Your unique candidate identifier.
  • Details of any special educational needs.
  • If you have one, your Education Health Care Plan ready to upload.
  • Your predicted grades.
  • A referee’s contact information from your current school.
  • Your personal statement.


Top Tip 4 – Predicted Grades

On our website you will find our general and subject specific entry criteria for the NCS, please ensure you read these carefully before deciding which subjects you want to apply for. You will be required to enter your predicted grades on our application form.  Please note we will verify your predicted grades with your teacher to make sure you have inserted them correctly. It is important to choose subjects where you meet our entry criteria to give you a better chance of success in being made an offer.

Please note, where the predicted grades submitted on the application form differ from the ones provided by the school we will take the school’s predicted grades when making offer decisions.  We reserve the right to rescind an offer where the school’s predicted grades for the applicant fail to meet The NCS’ entry criteria. is now SixthForm.London!
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