Hi ctinblue7, I am also 21 and will be applying for the GTP next year. Contrary to the above poster th GTP is one of the ONLY options for 'older' people wanting to go in to teaching that are unable to go back to univeristy and study for a PGCE. That, however, does NOT mean by any standard that you are not viable to take the course. There is no where on the GTP website that I will be taking that discourages younger people to join, and it certainly does not suggest that being younger means you will have less life experience; I'm pretty sure that whilst this is a bonus, it is not one of the prerequisites of the course. I, too, have a large amount of work experience, from running a theatre school on my own, to mentoring troubled kids and encouraging others to carry on to higher education, and running a year 7 drama club. I feel like I possibly have more relevant school based experience than a 30-year-old that has worked in accountancy for their working life. Whilst I have been at these schools I have come across 4 GTP students in the Arts section of one school alone, and they were all straight from university. That said, when I went to the information evening it was about equal interest judging by the people that turned up (myself included). My first answer would to be thoroughly assessing if the GTP is for you, I personally can't stomach the idea of another year at university, and thrive on the live school environment. Do some work experience in more than one school. If your university is like mine my final day is early May, that leaves you a good few weeks to offer your services. Always write a thank you letter and ask if they would consider you for a potential GTP student. There's always the chance to network too, and the HOD of your subject may be prepared to talk to you about it and consider you. With regards to the actual letter writing, I can't help you too much there. I will be following guidelines from previous threads on this website, and I don't actually know if you need two separate statements. Don't forget that you need to ensure that your referees are aware that they will need to write you a reference: they need time to have it ready before you need it. Don't be discouraged about age. Right now we all need to take any opportunity we can get, so applying for both th GTP and PGCE is wise. Good Luck!!!