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Personal Statement

  1. 1. Drafting your UCAS Personal Statement Rob Oliver http ://personalstatement.blogspot.com/
  2. 2. Your UCAS Application School Reference Predicted grades Personal Statement ! Plus…..
  3. 3. The box on the application form marked 'Personal Statement' is your chance to shine as an individual in your own words in the UCAS application. The Personal Statement
  4. 4. The Personal Statement <ul><li>Why are you interested in the course you have chosen? </li></ul><ul><li>What interests you about the chosen subject? </li></ul><ul><li>What career plans do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>Any job, work experience, voluntary experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-curricular activities, honours, awards? </li></ul><ul><li>( from www.ucas.ac.uk ) </li></ul>By UCAS…..
  5. 5. <ul><li>Submitted Online </li></ul><ul><li>4000 characters with spaces </li></ul><ul><li>= about 500 words </li></ul><ul><li>= about 5 paragraphs…. </li></ul><ul><li>No need to list A/AS subjects </li></ul><ul><li>No need to list universities </li></ul><ul><li>No need to tell your life story…… </li></ul>The Personal Statement
  6. 6. Paragraph One : Motivation for Course Choice Paragraph Two : Academic Interests and Achievements Paragraph Three : Important Background Experiences Paragraph Four : Extra-curricular Paragraph Five : Re-state Motivation, Looking Forward Suggested Outline for a Personal Statement
  7. 7. Paragraph One: Motivation for Course Choice Why do want to study your chosen subject?
  8. 8. Paragraph Two: Academic Interests and Achievements What have you done so far that is relevant to your course choice? What are your strengths as a learner? What do you want to find out?
  9. 9. Paragraph Three: Important Background Experiences What experiences have made you the person you are?
  10. 10. Paragraph Four: Extra-curricular What activities are you involved in outside school? How do they contribute to your life and your course choice?
  11. 11. Paragraph Five: Sum up Motivation What will make you a good university student? Why should they choose you? How do you see your future?
  12. 12. While Writing Your Personal Statement……. Read Prospectuses Visit Universities Take Notes Research your Subject(s) Talk to People Get Feedback
  13. 13. Drafting your UCAS Personal Statement…… Rob Oliver http ://personalstatement.blogspot.com/ Good Luck!
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