Writing your personal statement

Your personal statement could be the deciding factor as to whether you are offered a place at University.

It is an excellent opportunity to really sell yourself and to state what sets you apart from other candidates.

Getting started with your personal statement

  • Give yourself plenty of time to write it
  • Do research into your chosen course
  • Brainstorm ideas first
  • Produce several drafts
  • Avoid using long sentences
  • Make sure not to lie or exaggerate
  • Don't copy previously written text

Check out the UCAS Personal Statement Mind Map for more ideas.

Writing the introduction

  • Write a strong opening paragraph explaining your suitability for the course

Writing the middle section

  • Your interest in the subject you've applied for
  • Achievements (certificates, awards, etc)
  • Volunteering experience
  • Work experience
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Future career plans
  • Positions of responsibility
  • Involvement in community projects
  • What do you think you will gain from university

Writing the conclusion

  • Tie together all the topics raised and reiterate your interest in the course

Before submitting

  • Check spelling and grammar
  • Get feedback from someone else
  • Make sure you have included some 'buzz' words:
    • Accomplished
    • Achieved
    • Communicated
    • Contributed
    • Coordinate
    • Demonstrated
    • Enthusiasm
    • Flexibility
    • Motivated
    • Organised
    • Opportunity
    • Participated
    • Teamwork
    • Versatile
    • Willing