Take a massively expanded University system; add many new institutions offering similar courses with lower offers. Blend in rising A-level results and the constant pressure to perform. Season liberally with the Internet. Carefully pick out as many seeds of imagination and creativity as you can from young people, using a constant diet of TV, computer games and a restrictive curriculum. Rinse repeatedly from Yr 1 to remove all trace of personal responsibility.
Now get your Lower Sixth cohort to apply to University online.
Bake gently in the ovens of competition and wait for six months. And voila! Students are copying UCAS personal statements off the Internet.