Educational Factsheet

The purpose of an educational factsheet is to provide practical, field-related information for a specific target audience conveyed clearly and concisely using both text and graphics. Target audiences could include community agencies, mental health professionals, student counsellors or school staff.

Content

Often a factsheet gives information about a broad topic. It will then be divided into subsections that may include graphs, data and information cited from various reputable sources. Always check your assessment instructions and marking criteria to see what specific content you need to include in your factsheet. You can also clarify specific questions with your educator. Remember when writing a factsheet you should decide on an audience. The content and tone of your factsheet should be appropriate for your selected audience. Make sure you draw on relevant literature and reference accordingly in APA style.

Structure

The structure of a factsheet may vary from unit to unit. Always check your assessment information. Information should be logically organised into sections or boxes with headings and subheadings. Often requirements include:

  • 2-page electronic A3, landscape
  • Use font size 14 using Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Page 1: The factsheet – Often a title is provided in the unit guide
  • Page 2: The APA formatted reference list is located on page 2 of the tip sheet.

Style

Factsheets are written in a formal style and are usually in 3rd person. Text needs to be easy to navigate and sections should flow logically.

  • Use transition words between ideas
  • Include references to add credibility and acknowledge your sources
  • Use images and graphics that complement and enhance your content