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).
- 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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