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After deciding which university you wish to attend and your course of study, the next big step is writing your Personal Statement. It is one of the main factors used by universities and colleges in deciding whether to offer you a place of study. With thousands of students applying to the same institutions, this is the time to tell the university why you should be offered a place above other and could be the deciding factor where students with the same grade as you compete for limited spaces. This is the time to shine, telling the universities about you, showing your interest in the course and skills you possess which would enable you complete your course successfully among many others. Writing your personal statement is probably one of the most challenging parts of the UCAS application form because it requires self-analysis which some students find uncomfortable. Speaking about your achievements might seem condescending but if done properly, would provide all the information admission tutors need in order to gauge your level of interest in your chosen course etc. There is a limit of 4000 characters or 47 lines which you must adhere to and starting as early as possible would enable you present a comprehensive, structured personal statement. A well written personal statement would convince the university that you a suitable candidate. Your personal statement is sent to the send to all your choices so do not mention any university or college by name even if you are applying to just one university. Personal statements cannot be changed but by contacting the university directly, they might accept a revised statement but this is at their discretion. Send this straight to the university and not to UCAS. How to begin a personal statement You want your application to be noticeable, so a strong opening line to grab the reader’s attention to your application, engaging the reader to read on is what you should be aiming to achieve. Show how passionate you are for your chosen course of study and your excitement about studying this subject at university level. Some students might choose to include jokes or other catchy one liner, but you never know if the admission might see the funny side or not. Make sure in trying to get your statement noticed, you do it in a way which would appeal to everyone. What are universities looking for in a good personal statement? Presentation and Style Show your enthusiasm and commitment Make it interesting
voluntary work . say if any of your studies have been assessed in English Give examples of using your communication skills About the Suject and Course Why you have chosen the course Why the subject interests you Your suitability for the course How your current or previous studies relates to the course(s) you have chosen Experience and understanding of the subject Any activities that demonstrate your interest in the course Research the course you intend to study Special attribute Attributes that makes you interesting Team work/leadership skills Positions of responsibility that you have held both in and out of school How would you be an asset to the university? Extracuriccular activities Outside interest to your course Leisure/recreational activities Mature Student (over 21 at the time you start your course) say what you have done since leaving school If you have had a variety of jobs and experiences that are relevant. enthusiasm and skills suited to university life and study International Student Say why you want to study in the UK Give evidence on how you could successfully complete a higher education course in English. matching them to your chosen course requirement Work Details of jobs. work experience. Check your spelling and grammar Organise it into a logical structure Introduction: write an opening sentence that will encourage the reader to read on Conclusion: reinforce your commitment. placements. consider sending detailed CV direct to your university choice(s) Demonstrate how you will cope with the academic work Critically evaluate your experiences.
. you would have to explain this decision. this would be easy to write about. Business and Marketing share similarity. and parents to read. Universities want to know about you and this is your golden opportunity of showcasing yourself. PLAGARISM – Copy cats always gets caught Finally. Good luck!! Your personal statement could be used as the basis for an interview. If you applied to less than five universities initially and decide at a later date to add one or more universities. If you applying to study a joint degree. Concentrate on aspects relevant to your chosen course Explain why an experience or activity makes you an excellent candidate for the course What you want from the future Why you want to go to university Future plans of how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you will gain What do I do if I am applying for a joint degree? You allowed one personal statement which is sent to all your university choices. This way. you would have to explain why you choose this course of study and depending on your combination e.g. be prepared to answer questions on it. give it to your teacher. Spend time drafting your personal statement. If you select different subject or courses with no common theme. UCAS puts every personal statement through plagiarism software that picks up similarities from all personal statements summited to UCAS over the years. you would get positive feedback and have time to make changes. friends. the same personal statement would be sent to your new choice of universities.