• Personal Statement Worksheet

  • Dos when writing your personal statement
    • Do use your best English and don’t let spelling and
    grammatical errors spoil your statement.
    • Do show that you know your strengths and can outline your
    ideas clearly. Use words you know will be understood by the
    person reading your statement.
    • Do be enthusiastic – if you show your interest in the course,
    it may help you get a place.
    • Do expect to produce several drafts of your personal
    statement before being totally happy with it.
    • Do ask people you trust for their feedback.

  • Writing about the course

  • Skills and achievements

  • Hobbies and interests kickboxing, running, helping the orphans and other chil

  • Work experience

  • Mature students

  • International students

  • Future plans

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

  • Why does this subject interest you? Include evidence that you understand what’s required to study
    the course, e.g. if applying for psychology courses, show that you know how scientific the subject is.

  • Why do you think you’re suitable for the course(s)? Do you have any particular skills
    and experience that will help you to succeed on the course(s)?

  • Do your current or previous studies relate to the course(s) that you have chosen? If so, how?

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

  • Universities like to know the skills you have that will help you on the course, or generally with life at university,
    such as any accredited or non-accredited achievements. Write these down here. Examples can be found at
    www.ucas.com/personalstatementskills.

  • Also think about 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.

  • Make a list of your hobbies, interests and social activities. Then think about how they demonstrate your
    personality, skills and abilities. Try to link them to the skills and experience required for your course(s).

  • 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.

  • Explain what you’ve been doing since leaving education, and provide additional evidence to support your application. If
    you’re not in full-time education, you should give details of any relevant work experience, paid or unpaid, and information
    about your current or previous employment.

  • Tell universities why you want to study in the UK and why you think you can successfully complete a course that is taught
    in English. Say if some of your studies have been taught or examined in English and if you have taken part in any activities
    where you have used English outside of your studies.

  • If you know what you’d like to achieve after completing the course, explain how you want to use the knowledge
    and experience that you gain. How does the course relate to what you want to do in the future?

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