Your Personal Statement

Admissions tutors handle hundreds of applications. Estimated grades (however good) do not guarantee a place. Your personal statement is your chance to stand out.

• Make your statement specific to the subject you want to take, not a general CV.
• Check what admissions tutors look for - use books/websites (we've got a guide to the best books/websites on another page).
• Be passionate about your subject.
• Instead of just describing your work experience, reflect on it and discuess what you learned.
• Talk about how you would cope with a heavy workload.
• Show how your hobbies are relevant to your subject - or use them to show how well rounded you are!
• If you're taking a gap year, talk about your plans.
• Aim for a strong opening and ending.
• Take care over presentation and spelling. You're generally advised to write in paragraphs.
• Try to find out what your reference will say; your statement should complement rather than duplicate it.
• Look at the information written in the university prospectus' and write how you can cope with the key factors of the course.

• Copy someone else's statement - UCAS has software that can spot plagiarism.
• Try any gimmicks - somebody will have done it before you!
• Duplicate anything that's already in your application.
• Lie!

For more help use these books and websites:
How to Complete Your UCAS Application 2012 Entry: The Insider Guide to Making a Winning UCAS Application
The UCAS Guide to Getting into University and College
Heap 2012: University Degree Course Offers: The Essential Guide to Winning Your Place at University
Personal Statements: How to Write a UCAS Personal Statement (])

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