UCAS Personal Statement
If you think September 2015 seems a long way into the future, you would be right. But students wishing to gain admissions to an UK undergraduate course now is the time to begin preparations. One of the most important aspects of the UCAS process is knowing your key dates. For most courses the application deadline will be on the 15th of January 2015. For medical courses and veterinary courses the date is before that and for some art and design courses later. Make sure you are aware of these dates.
Applying through UCAS allows you 5 choices, in the UK there is a lot to choose from so picking just five can be difficult. The best advice I can offer as an education councillor when making this choice is to do your research. Know everything you need to know about the five choices you are going to make. Know where they are located, their entry criteria, what their accommodation is like?, what modules are covered in the course, its three years of your life make sure the courses are what you want.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the application process and the aspect which requires a great deal of attention is the UCAS personal statement. This section requires applicants to detail why they are a suitable candidate for the university courses they have applied for. It can be difficult to write about your self and many applicants struggle with the prospect, but its achievable. You want to be writing about why you are interested in the subject area and demonstrate your understanding of the course area. Relevant knowledge and experience are good to mention and also career plans.
You personal statement can only be roughly 400 words so don’t try to cram it all in, don’t waste words on things that are already in the application, its also very important not to mention a university by name as all five universities will read the same personal statement.
Its important to discuss the skills you have obtained and skills you are looking to develop while at university. We think its also important to tell the truth in your statement and discuss your statement with your references so they understand what you are hoping to achieve at university and beyond. Having a friend or parent read your statement is also worth doing and they may be able to pick up on spelling errors that you have missed. Overall universities are looking for applicants that are well rounded and have shown that they have the skills to succeed at university. If you UCAS personal statement does this, you are heading in the right direction.
At Plan-it we have a free service where we read and offer feedback on applicants UCAS personal statements. Plan-it is a registered UCAS centre and able to help students through the process to ensure they are putting together a first class application.