Thinking about applying but need a little help? Read through our guidelines to make sure that your cover letter, and your application as a whole, meet all of the requirements.
There are three things that your application needs to include.
A CV: this needs to include your full academic record, and details of any relevant extracurricular activities you have been involved in.
A cover letter: this should set out your reasons for pursuing a career in technology and your university applications (degree subject and institutions).
A reference from your school: this should confirm your aptitude for the scheme and needs to include your expected A-level grades.
Your reasons for pursuing a career in technology.
What inspires or motivates you?
If possible, include the universities you are considering.
Please mention the course you are interested in.
Begin with an introduction - this should inform the reader what the letter is about.
Use relevant examples to highlight your experiences.
End with a conclusion paragraph - this should remind the reader of what your letter contains.
Check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Start early. Give yourself plenty of time to reflect on the content, and make any changes, before submitting your application.
Technical details: your cover letter should have a word count of between 800 - 1000 words.
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After you've done a couple of drafts of your cover letter, and your application, take a few minutes to go through this checklist to make sure you've met the requirements.
Do - take some time to articulate your thoughts and make drafts as you go along.
Do - ask trusted people around you to provide feedback.
Do - show your enthusiasm.
Do - use formal language.
Do - check for grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.
Don't - exaggerate your experience, as during the interview stage you may be asked to elaborate.
Don't - leave proofreading to the last minute.
Don't - use abbreviations. Your cover letter, and your whole application, should have a formal tone.