Top Tips for your Personal Statement

Applications to university are made on a form to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). As well as personal and course details you will need to write a personal statement that explains why you want to do the courses you have applied for.

If you write a good personal statement you will impress the university and hopefully be made an offer if you have the potential to meet the entry requirements and do well on the course.

Follow these tips from the University when writing your personal statement:

  • Research thoroughly before you start filling out your UCAS form. Have you decided which courses and which universities you are applying to?
  • Be focused
  • Be transparent: why are you making these choices?
  • Show motivation and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Demonstrate that you are mature and responsible
  • Show initiative
  • Demonstrate analytical and communication skills
  • Show you are able to adjust to a new environment
  • Structure the material: the majority (50-75%) of your personal statement should be spent explaining why you want to do the course
  • Be selective
  • Show knowledge of, and interest in, the subject
  • Include relevant work experience
  • Interests, hobbies, achievements and responsibilities
  • Career plans
  • Gap Year plans
  • Finally do at least two drafts, check all of your course and personal details are accurate, and check your spelling and grammar

Top Tips

  • Choose a sensible email address for your UCAS form.
  • Ensure you type your date of birth and not the date of the day when you complete the form!
  • Universities don't see where else you are applying to and you only write one personal statement for all five choices, so ensure it is relevant for all of the courses you are applying to.

Good luck! We look forward to receiving your UCAS form.

Page last updated: Monday 27 January 2014