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Top tips for your personal statements

Your personal statement is very important as it is the one opportunity you have to personalise your university application and really express your suitability for your chosen course(s).

It is also one of the most time consuming aspects of your application but don't let that put you off. We've put together these handy tips to personal statement writing that'll help break it down into less-scary, management chunks.

Top tips for your personal statements

  1. Use evidence - give examples of your experiences and how you have used your skills and abilities

  2. Don't copy - UCAS use software that detects similarities, if detected this could jeopardise your application

  3. Keep it positive - use positive language when describing your skills and qualities

  4. 47 lines or 4,000 characters - this is the maximum number you can use; anything above this will not be read

  5. Spelling, grammar and punctuation - check and check again; get your friends and family to read it too

  6. Start early - you need time to get it right so start early as you will need a number of drafts before the final version

  7. Subject area - mention the subject you are interested in studying and why

  8. Hobbies and activities - mention any extracurricular activities you do

  9. Jobs and work experience - include information about any work placements and jobs you have done

  10. Conclusion - reinforce your enthusiasm for university and commitment to the course

If you're still having trouble getting started don't panic, there's loads of resources out there to help make personal statement writing a less daunting task. Why not check out this handy video from UCAS.