UCAS personal statement is part of your university application. Much like a CV, it is your chance to sell yourself. describe your ambitions, skills, and experience.
You can only submit one personal statement and you can’t change it after your application has been submitted. Therefore, it is important to get it right.
Here are our top tips:
- Try to stand out, remember to be authentic and be careful with humor or quotes. You don’t want to appear too cheesy or cliché.
- Use a template to help get you started. Here’s a great personal statement worksheet on the UCAS website.
- Proofread aloud and get someone else to check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all correct.
What universities are looking for?
“Unis aren’t looking for a dictionary definition of a subject. They know what their degrees are about; they want to know what you understand and enjoy about the subject.” Louise Carr, University of Liverpool.
First of all, show enthusiasm, motivation, and focus. Universities don’t expect you to be an expert already. However, they would like to know why you like to become an expert in the subject you’re applying to. Therefore, don’t forget to mention extra-curricular activities, transferable skills. Moreover, mention any relevant work experience and what your future plans are.
International and EU students
As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention:
- Why you want to study in the UK
- Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken
- Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country
For information about applying online for a UK visa, check out our blog article.
Writing your personal statement
“Put your notes in order according to what the course you’re interested in is looking for. If you have any skills and experience relevant to the entry requirements, make sure you say so at the start of your personal statement.” Amy Smith, Nottingham Trent University.
Use the personal statement mind map on the UCAS website to start planning.
How long should it be?
There’s no maximum word count. However, you’ll need to remain within the 4,000 character limit (including spaces and punctuation). Moreover, students have to keep the statement to a total of 47 lines.
UCAS recommends that you write your personal statement in Microsoft Word before copying and pasting it into the online application form. It is because the application page times out after being inactive for 35 minutes.
All personal statements are scanned by plagiarism detection technology, so make sure you don’t copy someone else’s work.
If you are caught plagiarising, this could have serious consequences for your application.
This brilliant video with Jane Marshall from Imperial College has everything you need to know about how to write your personal statement.
Check out our other articles on studying in London, student life in the UK and 5 things to consider before choosing a university.
Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.