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How to write a Ucas personal statement

What is a personal statement?

A Ucas personal statement is a short reflective essay you write about why you’re the perfect candidate for the university course/s you’re applying to. 

It’s a key part of your Ucas application, alongside your predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent) etc. It’s read by admissions tutors at the universities you apply to, who’ll decide whether to offer you a place or not.

Your personal statement should demonstrate how and why you’re a fitting candidate for their course – and the institution as a whole – through:

  • your passion for the subject or field, including specific areas or topics you’re interested in;
  • how you’ve made an effort to engage with your subject already;
  • what you’ve learned or how it’s developed your understanding of your area so far;
  •  what you want to do in the future.

Most importantly, you need to link this back to the

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How to write it

Your personal statement should be unique, so there’s no definite format for you to follow here – just take your time. Here are some guidelines for you to follow, but remember your personal statement needs to be ‘personal’.

  • Write in an enthusiastic, concise, and natural style – nothing too complex.
  • Try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes, or anything unusual – just in case the admissions tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you.
  • Structure your info to reflect the skills and qualities the unis and colleges value most – use the course descriptions to help you.
  • Check the character and line limit – you have 4,000 characters and 47 lines. Some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters.
  • Proofread aloud, and get your teachers, advisers, and family to check. Then redraft
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