Applying to university can seem quite a task and it is important to take great care when writing your application.

Writing your Personal Statement for your university application, is your chance to tell the universities why you want to study this course and why you think you are an excellent candidate to do so. 

This may sound simple, but many students find it to be one of the hardest part of the application .so make sure you allow plenty of time to write yours!

What is a Personal Statement?

The Personal Statement section of the application is your opportunity to tell universities why you want to study at undergraduate level in the UK and why you are an excellent candidate to do so.

You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

As an international applicant, your English language ability will also be assessed.

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Things to Include in your Personal Statement

Your personal statement needs to be thoughtful, well researched and give a good insight into your academic ability, skills, hobbies and interests and how they fit into your studies plans.

Explain why you want to study the course/courses you are applying for. This is easier if you are applying to the same course at each university. If you have applied for different courses, you will need to write a carefully balanced statement. Try to focus on the themes that the courses share, and write about them in a more general way, without naming any of them.

Your academic ability. What subjects do you enjoy and why? If there are subjects you have found challenging, it is good to talk about it and the steps you took to overcome this.

What skills you have, and how you have developed them. It is beneficial to say how you think your skills will help you studying at university in the UK.

Activities you are involved in outside of your studies. This could be a sports team you are a member of, a club or organisation you belong to or additional activities that you take part in. If you think you have gained skills or experience which has helped you with your studies, you can talk about them in your personal statement.

Study or career plans. Your personal statement can contain information about what you plan to do after you have finished your undergraduate studies. You can outline your career plans which you believe your degree will help prepare you for or plans for postgraduate study.

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism means copying someone else’s work and pretending that it is your own. This is not acceptable in your personal statement and can lead to a university rejecting your application. You must not copy other personal statements that your friends have done or examples shown to you by your tutors. You must not copy from text books or other documentation from any source. Your personal statement must be your own work.

UCAS has software which checks every personal statement they receive to ensure they have not been plagiarised.

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All NCUK undergraduate applications are made online through UCAS Apply.

UCAS is the UK’s University and Colleges Admissions Service, a central application system to which all UK universities are connected to. 

UCAS also provides lots of application guidance and advice for international applicants so make sure you visit their website and explore the information available – www.ucas.com

 

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Do’s & Don’ts

DO

✓ Plan your statement thoroughly before writing

✓ Use logical structural, clear, and concise language

✓ Use practical examples to demonstrate your skill and academic achievements

✓ Use paragraphs to structure your statement and make it easier to read

✓ Get advice and feedback from your tutor – they will be happy to help you!

✓ Check your finished personal statement carefully for errors, such as typing and spelling mistakes.

DON’T

✓ Mention a specific university. You only write one statement, and this is sent to every university you apply to.

✓ Copy content from friends, family, or sample personal statements on the internet – UCAS uses similarity-detection software

✓ Lie! Some people are tempted to lie about their experiences as they think it will increase their chance of acceptance

 

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Still don’t know how to start writing your statement?                                                                         

Check out the UCAS Personal Statement tool which allows you to create a first draft simply by answering questions about your motivations, interests, skills and plans for the future.

Further Useful links

Visit UCAS guidance on planning and writing the personal statement

UCAS Personal Statement Worksheet. This resource may help you consider what you could include in your statement. However, not everything on the worksheet will be relevant to you, and remember that this is not how your finished statement should look. The worksheet is just an option to help you think of ideas for your statement.

 

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