Writing a personal statement
Everyone finds writing their Personal Statement challenging. Here are a few hints and tips to get you started and to help you market yourself in the best possible light.
What to include:
- Reasons for choosing the course or subject area
- Demonstrate your understanding of the course or subject area
- Relevant work or voluntary experience
- Extra-curricular activities
- Career aspirations
- Other interests, sports, hobbies
- Make sure you try to include a “wow factor” – what is special about you? Try to make your statement stand out from the crowd
A few tips:
- Clear and concise – 47 lines, 4,000 characters (including spaces)
- Precision and relevance – one statement fits all, try to narrow down to one subject area
- Layout - headings and paragraphs make easier reading
- Check spelling and grammar
- Use your Record Of Achievement/Progress File to remind you of your achievements
- Be honest and truthful – don’t make it up to big yourself up
- Beware: Similarity Detection Service – make sure it’s your own work – the point of the Personal Statement is that it’s personal!
Don’t forget that the person who will be reading your Personal Statement will be an admissions tutor who teaches on the course that you have applied for.
The ideal student
What admissions tutors are looking for:
The ideal Higher Education student will be…
- Self motivated
- Able to initiate
- Well organised
Try and demonstrate some of these qualities in your Personal Statement and make sure you use the UCAS Entry Profiles at www.ucas.com to find out what admissions tutors are looking for, for particular courses.
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