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How to find Careers information: Writing your Personal Statement

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Writing your Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement For UCAS

An important part of the UCAS application is your personal statement. It should consist of 3-4 paragraphs of approximately 500-600 words. Sell yourself but be honest.

  • Admissions tutors are looking for students who can analyse their current experiences and give clear reasons why these have led to an application for the courses chosen.

  • They look at your personal statement as an indication of how much background research you have done into what you will be studying.

This is an example of the structure you could follow.


Paragraph 1 – Academic Statement

State what you want to do and why. Provide evidence for any desire or interest that you have: This might include:

  • A levels you are studying and parts of the course you have found particularly interesting (lots of detail)

  • Relevant books you have read/magazine to which you subscribe

  • Related work experience you have had

  • Places you have visited, related activities ( field trips)

  • Your career intentions if related to the course

If you intend to pursue a degree for which there is no obvious A level connection explain how you gained knowledge of the course and on what basis you believe you are suited to this area of study.


Paragraph 2 – Personal Qualities and Experience Statement

  • Describe what personal qualities you have that make you suitable to study for a degree and will make you successful in your chosen course.

  • Qualities in a good student might be: independent study skills, self motivation, attention to detail, analytical skills.

  • Use evidence to show that you have these skills and how you acquired them e.g.: positions of responsibility, work experience

  • Use the entry profiles on UCAS to give you ideas on the qualities required


Paragraph 3 – Extra-Curricular Statement

  • Demonstrate you are rounded and will offer the university more than academic contributions.

  • Analyse your current experiences and relate them to what you hope to get from university study

  • Don’t just list - avoid non-specifics

  • This is an opportunity to show determination and commitment


Paragraph 4 – Rounding off Statement

  • Round off the personal statement with one or two sentences

  • Show what you hope to get from university and what it might get from you

  • Explain why they should make you an offer?


And Finally

  • Think about the impression you want to give

  • Check spelling and grammar!

  • Don’t waffle!

  • Only put in things you are prepared to talk about in an interview

  • Get others you trust to read, check and comment

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