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News: Blog — 5 tips for struc­tur­ing your UCAS per­son­al statement

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Your personal statement is your chance to demonstrate not only why you want to apply to a higher education course, but also what makes you a good candidate.

If you’re strug­gling to finalise your state­ment, or to bring it togeth­er into a mean­ing­ful struc­ture, don’t pan­ic! We’ve put togeth­er some top tips to help you demon­strate your suitability.

1. The course – why this subject in particular?

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Describe your inter­est in your cho­sen course and show them that you have a real inter­est in the sub­ject you’re apply­ing for. If you’re apply­ing to slight­ly dif­fer­ent sub­jects at dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties and/​or col­leges, you can be a bit less spe­cif­ic, but make sure you do explain your rea­sons for the area of study. 

2. Education – what have you learned from it?

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Use this sec­tion to high­light your rel­e­vant knowl­edge, but also the trans­fer­able skills you’ve learned. For exam­ple, what have you enjoyed most and what study skills have you learned? What about com­mu­ni­ca­tion or prac­ti­cal skills? Be as spe­cif­ic as pos­si­ble with your examples. 

3. Work experience – use examples!

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Think­ing about high­er edu­ca­tion and your cho­sen course, try to include any exam­ples from paid or unpaid work expe­ri­ence that help make you a suit­able can­di­date. This could be being organ­ised, team-work­ing, or being self-moti­vat­ed, for exam­ple. Don’t wor­ry if you haven’t got much expe­ri­ence in this area – but it’s a valu­able added extra if you do. 

4. Additional qualities – what makes you stand out?

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Here, it’s worth think­ing about what makes you a well-round­ed per­son – do you have hob­bies that specif­i­cal­ly demon­strate any rel­e­vant skills? Per­haps you’ve been part of a stu­dent coun­cil at school or col­lege? Are you mem­ber of a club or soci­ety, and if so what are your spe­cif­ic responsibilities?

If you have chil­dren, you could describe the trans­fer­able skills you use in every­day life, such as plan­ning and time management.

5. Conclusion – bring you and the course together

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This doesn’t need to repeat all the points already men­tioned, but it’s a good place to empha­sise your main rea­sons for apply­ing and your future ambitions. 

If you’re looking for more tips, check out the resources below.

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Published on:
  • 26th January 2021 (2:00 PM)
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