Writing your personal statement

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Your personal statement is a chance for you to tell us why you want to study your chosen course or subject, and is submitted to UCAS along with the rest of your application. We know writing your personal statement can be a daunting task - so we've given our top tips to help you get started.

Tips for writing your personal statement

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Start to prepare your personal statement early on. Without thinking about a structure, it will be harder for you to collect and organise your thoughts later on. Begin with a mind map and formulate this into a plan to help structure your first draft.

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Capture the attention of the reader with a sharp introduction; use positive language to show them you're enthusiastic about your chosen subject. Tell the reader about your skills, and how these contribute to your understanding of the subject.

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You've chosen a course and now we want to know why this is the right course for you. What interests you about it? And why do you want to study this subject with us? Showcase your passion and enthusiasm for the degree you're applying for.

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Your work experience and interests are also important, as this can highlight why you're the perfect student for the course. Are you part of a club? Do you have an unusual hobby? Entry requirements are transparent, you and your experiences are unique.

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Conclude your personal statement by summarising your key strengths, and reiterate that you are ready (both socially and academically) for university life. Be confident, keep it positive, and really sell yourself.

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Remember that you don't have an unlimited number of words, so be clear and concise - don't waffle. Don't expect your first draft to be perfect; ask a teacher or careers advisor to check it over for you so that your spelling and grammar are spot on.

Further information

In addition to our top tips, there's tons of information on UCAS to help support you with your personal statement, from what to include (and the dos and don'ts) to downloadable worksheets and mind maps, so make sure you take advantage of all the resources available to you.