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Writing your Personal Statement

The Personal Statement in the UCAS application is about you (as the name suggests) but it’s also an opportunity to tell universities why you want to study there and why you want to study a particular subject.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

What you highlight will depend on the courses you want to study. Think about the skills, interests and experience needed for your chosen courses and explain why you have them.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you’ve learned from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. You might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of your course?

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Remember to not let yourself feel daunted: relax!


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