Universities build a picture of your students from all the different information they provide, to help decide whether or not to offer a place. This picture is made up of several different pieces: the personal statement, academic record, predicted grades, and a teacher reference. Students should consider the personal statement to be a short reflective essay on why they are the perfect candidate for the degree couse they are applying to.
When writing their UCAS Personal Statement, students should ask themselves several questions to help decide what information to include: Why are they applying to study this subject area? What makes them suitable? What are their future career aims and how are these relevant to the course? Which of their skills and experiences are most relevant?
Remember, the same personal statement is used for all courses on the application form, so avoid mentioning universities or colleges by name, and ideally choose similar or related subjects. If the selected courses are very varied then write about common themes and transferable skills like problem-solving or creativity. Students can only submit one personal statement and this cannot be changed after the application has been submitted.
You may wish to download our Personal Statement Worksheet. This is designed to help students think about what information they could include in their personal statement.
Our Education Liaison team runs free Personal Statement Workshops in schools and colleges across the UK as well as on our campus in Lincoln.
To find out more about this and the other workshops we can offer your students, please visit our Activities for Schools page.