The UCAS deadline 2023 is now only two weeks away (25 January 2023). If you are an Access to Higher Education student, this is a crucial time of year for you as you complete your application, including your all-important personal statement.
The personal statement is a vital part of the application, as it provides you with an opportunity to sell yourself, showcase your personality, and convince admissions tutors that you should be offered a place on your chosen course.
Here, we have picked out five of the most important things to keep in mind as you finalise your statement.
Commit fully to your chosen course
Admissions tutors want to offer places to applicants who will be fully committed to their course and will see it through to its conclusion, so you should aim to convince the reader that you are set on your chosen path. Write about your career ambitions, plans for the future, and how the course will help you to achieve them.
Show that you can meet the demands of the course
You may be returning to education after several years away, so it is important to demonstrate that you can rise to this challenge. If your course has unusual requirements, such as a need for travel or working unusual hours, make it clear that you are aware of this and can cope with it.
Always include specific examples
While it is important to mention your personal qualities in your statement, you should always include supporting evidence. If you state that you are ‘enthusiastic’ or ‘hard-working’, you should then give examples of when you have demonstrated these qualities.
Let your personality shine through
Always keep in mind the purpose of the personal statement; the university will receive a huge number of applications, and you are making your case for why they should choose you over other applicants. You want your statement to be original and stand out from the crowd.
Make every word count
You have a limited amount of space – 4,000 characters and 47 lines – so everything you write should be relevant. Avoid repeating points within the statement and, similarly, do not repeat things that are already mentioned elsewhere on your UCAS form.
We wish you all the best with your UCAS application. You can find more tips in our 100 Do’s and Don’ts document available to download here.
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