Applying to University: Personal Statements

July 8, 2014

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Why your personal statement matters

Your personal statement is one of the most important parts of your UCAS application. Very few courses require applicants to attend interviews, which is why it is crucial for you to make sure that your personal statement stands out.

This is your chance to demonstrate why you think you are right for your chosen course and talk about your long-term goals. Have you chosen a course that is relevant to your chosen career? Have you explored the subject beyond the current syllabus? These are things you will need to take into account.

Which? University have listed 10 things that they think should be part of your personal statement including demonstrating transferable skills and showing that you are a critical thinker

10 things to put in your personal statement

 

university.which.co.uk/advice/10-things-to-put-in-your-personal-statement

If you’re wondering how to get started, they offer great advice on that too:

 

university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statement-checklist-2-how-to-get-writing

Get your personal statement right for your chosen subject

 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ formula to writing personal statements for different subjects. Many of the basic elements are the same, but you should make sure you research what specifics are required for your chosen course.
The Guardian has put together a series of articles giving guidance on writing personal statements for different subjects:

How to write a personal statement by subject

 

www.theguardian.com/education/series/how-to-write-a-personal-statement