UCAS – The Personal    Statement       Paul Gerrard  Director of Sixth Form         Studies
Personal Statements are important Especially early in the application cycle For courses which do not interview For infl...
12 tips to produce a good personal             statement   Start early – in Year 12   Research the entry profile of your...
12 tips to produce a good personal             statement Highlight EP skills/qualities in your  personal statement Aim t...
Constructing the Personal               Statement   Must be clearly paragraphed   Be about 300 to 500 words   You are t...
Structuring the Personal StatementSuggestion ; 2 sectionsSection1 : 2/3rd weightingSection 2 : 1/3rd weighting
Section 1 – Reasons for choosing        your degree course Why you are interested in …. Specific examples of your intere...
Section 2 – You the person Individual strengths & qualities (linked to  the ER) Hobbies & interests Non-academic achiev...
Section 2 – You the person Demonstrate ; leadership skills, capacity  for teamwork, enterprise, sensitivity to  needs of ...
Our Mission (should we chose to            accept it) To  complete all UCAS forms by  October half-term??? NB. Your Hous...
PLAGARISIM! Similarity detection software If suspect – applicant will be  contacted at the same time as all the  univers...
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  1. 1. UCAS – The Personal Statement Paul Gerrard Director of Sixth Form Studies
  2. 2. Personal Statements are important Especially early in the application cycle For courses which do not interview For influencing the content of interviews For courses with definite entry profile requirements Because they are both a positive & a negative selector.NB An early applicant = an organised applicant
  3. 3. 12 tips to produce a good personal statement Start early – in Year 12 Research the entry profile of your chosen course On UCAS website look for Entry Requirements desirable skills/qualities at entry List your own interests/abilities/achievements Do your interests/abilities/achievements match those on the Entry Requirements? If not extra reading ; work experience, key skills development etc.. may be needed. Use Y12 summer holidays
  4. 4. 12 tips to produce a good personal statement Highlight EP skills/qualities in your personal statement Aim to stand out because of your skills/qualities & the way you describe them Aim for interest, modesty & teachability – avoid too eccentric, arrogant or dogmatic Spelling & grammar are vital Don`t lie or over-exaggerate Remember the law of diminishing returns
  5. 5. Constructing the Personal Statement Must be clearly paragraphed Be about 300 to 500 words You are told the number of characters that you have left by the software Write in short clear sentences ; do not waste words Keep lists to a minimum Liaise with the reference writer (Housemaster, Mr.G, Mr. B) – don`t repeat information supplied elsewhere on the form First sentences are difficult ; jump in!
  6. 6. Structuring the Personal StatementSuggestion ; 2 sectionsSection1 : 2/3rd weightingSection 2 : 1/3rd weighting
  7. 7. Section 1 – Reasons for choosing your degree course Why you are interested in …. Specific examples of your interest eg. books, articles etc If a non 6th subject where does your interest stem? Academic interests & achievements Relevant work experience (especially medicine & law applicants) Convey genuine motivation & enthusiasm (Examples of academic extension) READ EXAMPLES AT BACK OF HANDOUT
  8. 8. Section 2 – You the person Individual strengths & qualities (linked to the ER) Hobbies & interests Non-academic achievements Study skills Ability to cope with a demanding life Teachability Gap year plans if deferred entry – how might this develop your skills (section 1)
  9. 9. Section 2 – You the person Demonstrate ; leadership skills, capacity for teamwork, enterprise, sensitivity to needs of others, contribution to the community, determination to stick to a task DO NOT make list of school sports, countries visited etc. Short concluding sentence ; why you are interesting in your own right with your own values, priorities & agenda, someone who will clearly benefit from both the course & university life.
  10. 10. Our Mission (should we chose to accept it) To complete all UCAS forms by October half-term??? NB. Your Housemaster can not begin to write your reference until your personal statement is completed. Still a fortnight for the form to be sent off after you have handed it in
  11. 11. PLAGARISIM! Similarity detection software If suspect – applicant will be contacted at the same time as all the universities to which the applicant has applied. Universities then take any action that they consider appropriate.

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