Editing your UCAS Personal Statement

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Editing your UCAS Personal Statement

This year we are making our LEAPS resources to help you refine your UCAS Personal Statement available online!

The Personal Statement is an important part of the UCAS application process. This is where you can showcase to the admissions tutors your personality, passion for your subject, and your skills and experiences which make you suitable for the course.

We encourage you to work through these materials once you have written the first draft of your Personal Statement. You will need your Personal Statement open in front of you, so that you can edit and refine it while you watch this video. (Haven’t started your Personal Statement? No problem! You can check out our blog post about Starting your UCAS Personal Statement here.)

Presentation: Editing your UCAS Personal Statement

In this video (length 09 minutes 33 seconds) you can discover what the admission teams are looking for in your Personal Statement (02:25), how to make a positive introduction (02:47), techniques to put the relevant information at the forefront (03:41), how to be specific with your examples and evidence (05:26), ensure you are writing an effective conclusion (07:43), and hear some final tips (08:19).

 

 

You can download a PDF of the Editing your UCAS Personal Statement presentation notes here.

We’ve also put together a PDF Quick Reference guide for editing your Personal Statement here. You may want to refer to this after watching the presentation.

Editing Techniques from the Royal Literary Fund

We are pleased to include a presentation from the Fellows at the Royal Literary Fund on how to put the person into your Personal Statement writing. 

In this video (09 minutes 51 seconds) Royal Literary Fund Fellow Bill Kirton gives advice on how to write authentically (00:08), how to make a positive impact with your introduction (01:33), ways to improve the Personal Statement with editing and flow (03:10). Bill also demonstrates how to use the proofreading technique of SCRAPT on your draft (04:41) and gives some final tips (09:20).

 

 

You can download a PDF of the Royal Literary Fund presentation notes here.

LEAPS would like to extend a big thank you to Bill Kirton and the Royal Literary Fund Fellows for this resource.

Evaluation Survey

We would really appreciate it if you could please complete these five short evaluation questions so that we have a better understanding of how useful these resources were to you and ways in which we could improve them in future.

 

All the best with your UCAS Personal Statement writing!

If you have any queries after watching the presentations, or require them in an alternative format, please contact us. This page was last updated in October 2020.