FAQ

Your personal statement is an important part of your application. It is a chance to show admissions staff who you are, your passion towards your chosen subject, and how you can contribute to the intellectual vitality of the university. 

Have questions about the personal statement? You’re not alone! Here are some of the most common questions about the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) personal statement.

 

What is a personal statement?
Your personal statement is an important part of your application. It is a chance to show admissions staff who you are, your passion towards your chosen subject, and how you can contribute to the intellectual vitality of the university. 

Have questions about the personal statement? You’re not alone! Here are some of the most common questions about the UCAS personal statement.

When should I start writing my personal statement?
The earlier, the better. Allow yourself sufficient time to write multiple drafts and review your writing before submission. 

How long is the personal statement? 
The UCAS personal statement has a maximum of 4,000 characters or 47 lines. The limit is equivalent to an A4 page, so every word counts!

What should I write about in my personal statement? 
As you only get to write one personal statement that will be sent to all of your chosen schools, your statement should thoroughly emphasize your enthusiasm for the subject. To show your passion and knowledge of the course, it would be valuable to include: 

  • Why you enjoy the subject
  • Relevant experience and achievements from school, work, or extracurriculars
  • Any additional learning or reading beyond the classroom such as summer schools
  • Lectures and courses you attended that have deepened your knowledge and interest in the subject
  • Your future ambitions and how a university education will help you achieve them

Here are more tips on how to write an effective personal statement!

What are universities looking for?
Admissions tutors are determining whether you would be whether you have the relevant skills, experiences, and motivations to be a student in the subject. Your academic focus as well as enthusiasm for the course should be clearly communicated in your personal statement. 

How do I start writing my personal statement? 
You can begin by brainstorming what you would like to write about. For example, think about why you are interested in the chosen course, your achievements, and how knowledge from the course will help you towards your future goals. After compiling all the information that you could include, you can use the course descriptions from your universities to start writing and structuring your achievements. 

Your personal statement is unique to you, so write enthusiastically in a natural and concise style.

What do I do after writing my personal statement?
When you’re done, you can ask trusted teachers, friends, or parents to read it and give you feedback on how to improve your personal statement. While proofreading, be sure to check for any typos or grammatical errors.

 

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