Writing your UCAS personal statement might seem like not to challenging a task, after all, there’s lot’s of advice out there on what to include, how long, yada, yada -but everyone else is following the same advice, so how do you get the attention of the admissions tutor above the noise of all those other applicants, especially when you’re applying for a highly competitive course?
There’s some key things you need to include but here’s out top 6 tips for making your statement shine!
1. Make sure you give the admissions tutor strong evidence of your interest in the subject
Now’s not the time for wishy-washy, wordy, drawn out paragraphs – make the most of the space you have! Make sure you detail any wider reading, or any additional talks or lectures you might have attended around your intended subject of study. It’s also great to include details of any relevant societies or organisations you are part of that support your enthusiasm for the subject.
Work experience or volunteering in the relevant industry is also a good way to get the admissions tutors’ attention as it shows that not only do you have a love of the subject, but you have enough life (and people!!) skills to make good progress with the study programme.
Evidence is key here, so use examples to back up what you are writing!
2. Use engaging language
The admissions tutor reading your statement will probably have a loooong pile to read through, so make your statement interesting to read! They will have seen so many that state the student is “passionate” about the subject or have loved it “from an early age”, so bland, boring, frequently used words and phrases are not going to make you stand out. Think creatively about what you wish to say, and very often less is more! Concise, precise and succinct is the way to go! And gimmicks should definitely be out!
3. Make your opening sentence count
This is going to make or break your application, so make it a strong one by clearly stating why you have applied for the course.
4. Make it easy to read
Use an appropriate format; break your statement up into easy to read, and appropriate, paragraphs! This is something that a lot of prospective students miss out on, and a long block of text is really off-putting and difficult to read, so it could be that your statement doesn’t get the attention it deserves if you submit it like this.
5. Make sure you include the essentials
Whilst it’s important for the admissions tutor to get a sense of who you are, through your wider interests, try to keep your statement relevant, and limit the amount of unnecessary information. Remember, whilst there is a word count, you don’t need to max it out to produce a good statement!
6. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth….
Your UCAS personal statement is not the place to over-exaggerate or even lie about your capabilities! You can be sure that the admissions tutor has heard it all before, so you’ll be caught out. It’s also important to note that getting your statement written by someone else is also a big no-no, and will get your application thrown out before you’ve even started…..