Your UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) personal statement is an important part of your university application to differentiate yourself from other applicants. You will need to demonstrate that you are a suitable candidate that will thrive at the university with your drive, skills, and enthusiasm for the subject. We have compiled a few tips that will help you write an engaging personal statement.
Your UCAS Personal Statement needs to be highly personalized to you in order to show your unique motivations and academic interests. As you will be sending one personal statement to all of your chosen schools and subjects, it is important to tailor your personal statement to emphasize your commitment to the subject as much as possible.
Supporting your application with specific examples or evidence will show to admissions tutors that the course aligns with your academic pursuits and goals, persuading them that you are suitable for the course and will contribute to the learning environment at the university.
Structure your personal statement clearly
With the 4,000 character limit, students need to write a lot about themselves in a relatively short word limit. A clear, logical structure will be easier for the admissions tutor to follow cohesively. The “ABC” structure is an effective method to write about how your experiences have shown evidence of your enthusiasm for the subject.
Action: What have you done that ascertained your passion for the subject?
Benefit: What skills have you gained? How did your experiences influence your academic and career goals?
Course: How will you be suitable for the course?
Some achievements that you could talk about to show the best side of yourself are:
- Outside coursework or readings. Any books or courses that corroborated your interest in the subject.
- Work or research experience. Any work/internship experience or research you participated in that advanced your interest in the subject or determined your career goals.
- Extracurricular activities. Ways that you have extended your learning beyond the classroom.
Do's and don'ts
Do ask for feedback from others such as a trusted teacher, friends, or family members to ensure you submit the best work possible.
Do be authentic and stay true to yourself! Give the admission tutor an insight into your personality and strengths.
Do write clearly with a formal, academic tone that shows depth in your writing.
Don't wait until the last minute to write your personal statement! Give yourself time for reviewing and revisions.
Don't copy someone else's personal statement - UCAS has software that checks for plagiarism!
Don't use examples or experiences irrelevant to your course. Every sentence should help explain why you would contribute to the university.