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News: Blog: Zoe's top tips and advice on writing your UCAS personal statement

Zoe Cutter

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! Zoe, our specialist UCAS Adviser, has put together some top tips and a plan to help.

Zoe’s 5-point plan:

1. Express your interest in the course and why you’ve chosen it

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Begin by addressing why you want to apply for the course. Refer to your course/subject area explicitly and show your interest.

2. Show your enthusiasm and why you’re suitable

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You can do this by discussing what you enjoy about your subject and by using examples of topics you have studied or, for example, something you have read in the news.

3. Relevant academic skills

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Include your academic skills and link to what you might need for the course e.g. critical thinking for English Literature.

4. Extra-curricular experience

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Keep it concise and recent e.g. within the last two years. Try to link part-time work, volunteering or hobbies to relevant key skills or benefits to your wellbeing.

5. Write a concluding statement

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This should be a sentence or two, wrapping up once more, why you’re applying. You may wish to refer to your future plans or what you’re looking forward to studying at university.

Zoe's top two tips

Avoid the clichés

Try not to include clichés like you’re ‘passionate’ about your subject, to stand out from other applicants. I find using a thesaurus can help you to widen your vocabulary and even discover new words!


Buddy up with a friend and swap your statement for proofreading. It’s easy to miss mistakes in your own work, especially when you’ve read through it so many times!

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Find out more

Here’s some useful information from UCAS, including a short video and a Personal Statement Builder.

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  • 1st December 2021 (12:02 PM)
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