Are you over 23 and completing your CAO application to College?

5 Jan

TIPS FOR MATURE STUDENTS COMPLETING THE CAO FORM

 

Ok so you’ve decided to take the big step and apply to college. Don’t let the form filling intimidate you. It’s simply a means to a worthwhile end. Get your application into the CAO by 1st February 2012 and make sure you include all the good things you have done that may be relevant to the course you are applying for. 

 Here are a few pointers and tips to help you on your way.

The Mature Student section of the CAO form is designed to identify what formal & experiential learning you have. It is a good opportunity to sell yourself on paper to the universities / colleges of your choice. Admissions officers will look for three qualities in particular:

 

  • How interested you are in your chosen subject area
  • Your level of ability in that subject area
  • How prepared / ready are you for college life

They want to know:

A         The relevance of your life / educational experience to your application

B         Your educational goals & objectives

SO HERE IS A LIST OF  TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD TRY TO INCLUDE IN YOUR APPLICATION

 

  1. Your reasons for choosing the courses you have chosen
  2. The background to your interest in this course
  3. Any relevant employment / work experience, placement or voluntary work
  4. Details of relevant educational qualifications, non-certificate courses, awards / achievements 
  5. Particular career interests in your chosen field
  6. Social / Sport / Leisure Activities
  7. Voluntary work, community activity & involvement, committees
  8. Your plans for funding and supporting yourself throughout the course
  9. A reasonable and well thought out career plan
  10. Evidence of good oral & written communication skills

 

© Mary Hosty

 

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