The UCAS Personal Statement

As part of the UCAS process applicants are required to submit a personal statement. This is used alongside examination results, predicted grades and the school reference to determine whether a student is worthy of an offer.

The majority of undergraduate courses in the UK do not interview and so this piece of writing may be the only chance a student gets to persuade an admissions tutor that they should be offered a place on the course.


The personal statement cannot be more than 4000 characters (around one side of an A4 piece of paper).

It should:

  • be focused on the subject being applied for
  • be original (UCAS uses similarity detection tests to identify copied work)
  • convey motivation and enthusiasm
  • be free of grammar and spelling mistakes

What to include:

  • Reasons for applying for a particular degree and how this relates to current/previous studies and experiences
  • Reasons for the choice of subjects taken at A level or equivalent
  • What the student can offer
  • Details of relevant activities and achievements
  • Why the student wants to go to university and what contribution they hope to make

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