How to write a Personal Statement Tips



When applying for a course you will need to include a personal statement with your application. The importance of the personal statement mustn't be underestimated as places on courses can be very competitive. Universities often receive many quality applications per available place from all over the world so the statement can often help them decide whether or not to offer you a place.

Here are some useful tips for writing a personal statement from UCAS, the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Writing about the course

Why are you applying for your chosen course(s)?

Why does this subject interest you?

Why do you think you're suitable for the course(s)?

Do your current or previous studies relate to the course(s) that you have chosen?

Have you taken part in any other activities that demonstrate your interest in the course(s)?

Skills and achievements

Universities like to know the skills you have that will help you on the course, or generally with life at university.

List these skills here and any supporting evidence to back up why you are so excited about the courses you have chosen.

Include any other achievements you're proud of, positions of responsibility that you hold or have held both in and out of school, and attributes that make you interesting, special or unique.

Work experience and future plans

Include details of jobs, placements, work experience or voluntary work, particularly if it's relevant to your chosen course(s).

Try to link any experience to skills or qualities related to the course.

If you know what you'd like to do after completing the course, explain how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain.

As part of our service to students, GetSet will give advice on what to put in your personal statement and also proofread/edit your work before you apply.