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Tips: Undergraduate Personal Statements

Things to remember when writing your UCAS Personal Statement

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We hear from our Admissions staff about their top tips for writing a UCAS personal statement:

Our Admissions staff give their top tips for writing a UCAS personal statement

Undergraduate Personal Statement Tips:

  • Why do you want to study here? Get your passion across!

  • Have you researched your subject? E.g. additional reading, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Welsh Bacc or work experience.

  • Keep it relevant - at least 80% of the content should academic. Any hobbies or interests can go in the final 10–20% of the personal statement, but these should still be relevant to the subject.

  • Write reflectively. What have you learnt from your reading or experiences you’ve had? How does this apply to the course?

  • Write it, check it, write it again! Be prepared to have many drafts and an objective pair of eyes, such as a teacher or parent, to check it for you.

  • What should I not do? Do not list universities by name, use jokes or clichés or list information already stated in other parts of your application, such as A level subjects.

  • Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Good Luck!

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