The UCAS Personal Statement

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The UCAS Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Your school may give you help with writing your personal statement, but it can really only come from you, as you are the main topic. It’s also a way for universities to see how well you can articulate why you want to be on that course.

You may want to include:

  • Interest – what is it about your chosen subject that interests you?
  • Relevant skills – do you have any skills or abilities that are relevant to the course? (e.g. analysing information, working with others, organisational skills.)
  • Work or volunteer experience.
  • Why you think you are a good candidate.

The UCAS website has lots of useful information about writing a good personal statement, including the UCAS Personal Statement tool to help you get started! Which? University also has a Personal Statement Builder tool which you might like to make use of.

These tools can help you think what to write about and how to structure your personal statement. Try to:

  • answer the questions to get some initial ideas down
  • review and refine your answers
  • keep track of your word count as you create your draft!

If you'd prefer, why not take inspiration from this video which contains advice from an admissions tutor about how to plan, structure and end your personal statement.

If you've had your LEAPS pre-UCAS interview, dig out your action plan and take a look at the things you discussed – your passion for your course choice, your work experience – and start writing!

You'll likely go through a few drafts before you get the final version that you submit as part of your UCAS application, so don't expect to thrash it out in a weekend. (Quote taken from Which? University personal statement article - wise words!)

Experience Relating to your Application

This is the part of your application where you can list your work and volunteer experience. Courses like Nursing and Teaching will be looking for specific experience. However, the most important place to talk about additional experience is in your personal statement.