Personal Statement: Why is it important and what should I include?

Personal Statement: Why is it important and what should I include?

When directed for University Entry, the personal statement is a very significant part of the UCAS application process. It is in fact a personal summary of your academic achievements, key skills and relevant experience which will essentially help you stand out from other applicants. Stating your genuine interest and passion for the course you are applying for, is a must!


So what should you include?

Although each University has its own set of requirements, in essence all are looking for your academic ability and potential. They want to see your pure interest in the subject, your ambitions and goals. So here are a few pointers you can check when writing your personal statement:

  • Explain your reasons for applying for this particular course: indicate your inspiration, your enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Underline what makes you right for the course: show that you’ve researched the subject area and link any skills or academic knowledge you have with these requirements. Relate your previous or current studies to the course and show these have helped you prepare for University.
  • Refer to any readings you have done outside the classroom: remember, it is not enough to list a book or article; you must provide evidence you have read it, by underlining the skills and knowledge you have acquired. A summary or description of the reading material is not considered substantial.
  • Engagement: work experience is a vital part of the Personal Statement, as it shows you have researched the subject from a practical aspect. Refer to specific placements or internships and indicate what it is you saw or practised there – remember to always link back to the skills you gained through your experiences.
  • Demonstrate any awards, achievements and participations: showcase your high level of motivation and dedication, any positions of responsibility and indicate how these have helped you expand a particular
  • Indicate your related hobbies and interests: remember to always link back to the course, identifying relevant key-skills and aptitudes.
  • Conclusion: sum up your Personal Statement by showing your anticipation in beginning the course. Link this last paragraph to your introduction and remember: End your personal statement on a positive note!
 
Tip: Personal is always best! Do not copy a personal statement! Use your own ideas and broadcast your personality!

Remember, when applying through UCAS, a personal statement should not exceed the limit of 4,000 characters.


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