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					Writing your
   UCAS
  Personal
 Statement


  Successful Personal Statements
Give specific evidence and examples of
areas of interest and achievement
Show that the student has thought
about the course and what it will
require
Are generally two thirds subject based
Have been checked for spelling and
grammar
Use extra curricular activities to
evidence skills

               Guidelines
      4000 characters including
      blank spaces
      47 lines
Your personal statement is one of the most important elements of your
application. It is your opportunity to sell yourself and secure an offer of a
place. It’s crucial that your statement reflects your personality, as well as
showing your motivation and commitment to your chosen course. Make
some notes for yourself following the headings below.

                                What do I write?

 Your Course (paragraph 1)
 Show you’ve researched your chosen course. Why are you interested? What sparked
 your interest? What specific topics do you enjoy? If you’re applying for more than one
 course try to identify common factors.


 Career Path (paragraph 2)
 If you have an idea of the career path you would like to follow, explain how this course
 fits.


 SKILLS FROM ‘A’ LEVEL COURSES (paragraph 3)
 Discuss all the new skills your subjects have equipped you with. These should range from
 the generic skills such as organisation to subject specific.


 Work Experience (paragraph 3)
 Include experience both related and unrelated to your course. Discuss the transferable
 skills you learnt (communication, time management, planning, problem solving).


 Personal Achievements (paragraph 4)
 Include any personal achievements and what they demonstrate, for example, persever-
 ance and commitment.



 Extra Curricular Activities (paragraph 5)
 You should include activities that support your chosen course, describe any visits you
 have made: for example, visits to art galleries, the theatre etc. Even if your interests
 aren’t directly relevant it’s important to give an impression of your personality, so men-
 tion any hobbies or gap year plan.

 FINALLY…
 Try to end with a sentence which summarises why the Uni should give you a
 place!
                                Your Skills
It’s important that you communicate the skills that you have acquired not only
from you’re a Levels but from your hobbies too. Use the section below to note the
skills you have and examples of where you have used them.



        A Level Option                   Skills acquired from the course
SKILL            EXAMPLE
Communication    Dealing with customers face to face when working weekends at
                     M&S.




Organisational
Skills




Working as
part of a
team




Leadership
skills




Creativity




Using IT




Negotiation
skills


Problem
solving


Anything else?   (consider skills relevant to your course)
         Personal achievements and responsibilities

Have you been a member of The Oaks Committee?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Are you involved in peer mentoring?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Are you involved in Right to Read?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
What did you do for your enrichment activity?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Have you helped to organise any events?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Have you taken part in any assemblies or open evenings?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Do you play a musical instrument?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Do you play any sports? Have you represented the school/ at team?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Have you been involved with any dramatic productions?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Do you have any hobbies?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Have you been on any visits?
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
                            Opening paragraphs

Average: I want    to study for a degree in Psychology; it is a subject which I
These       find both fascinating and challenging. Eventually I wish to have a
openings    career that is related...
are
obvious I currently attend Bosworth. During year 12 I studied...
and
repeat
info.
already  University has always appealed to me because…
in UCAS Although I enjoy English and Physics I am keen to...
form



Good        I am applying for English Literature first and foremost because I
More in-
teresting   very much enjoy reading and look forward to extending my knowl-
and says
why the
candi-      AV broadcast and production holds an immense passion for me. I
date is     watch television and listen to broadcasts with increasing technical
inter-
ested.
            interest. It amazes me the effect of...
Still
some        The crucial importance and relevance of politics, philosophy and
clichés.    their related disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to
            pursue the study of these social sciences at a higher level.



Excellent
These demonstrate personal and specific interests. They have a dynamic turn of phrase that
shows the candidate has thought about issues around their chosen subject.


JK Rowling had her midnight cafes; Roald Dahl’s garden shed has pro-
duces wheelbarrows of children’s literature and the Bronte sisters roamed


Since each person is unique, from DNA to fingerprints, it’s reasonable to
believe that each of us also has a purpose, a reason for being that is

Today the middle east and Islam are in the spotlight at an unprecedented
level. Nevertheless, it is true to say that it is not always represented in the
most positive of ways. We will all too often hear of a ...
Think of some ideas/sentence starters for your
opening...
You must be able to persuade the admissions tutor of your suitability
          and enthusiasm to study your chosen course:


  Give 6 fully developed reasons, in complete sentences, for choosing your course:
1. What is the background of your interest in the course/subject? Write about your aims and what you
   expect to gain from the course.




2. Indicate that you have thought about the demands of the course and that you have the skills to
match




3. Write about any employment, work experience, volunteering, enrichment at school. How was it
relevant? (deadlines, diplomacy…)




4. write about 4 areas of your academic work which particularly interests you.




5. Discuss resources or books read—be truthful!




6. Comment on a career plan.




7. Impress that you will take advantage of the opportunities offered by life at university.
 Avoid using ‘I’ at the beginning of every sentence. Here are
                some ideas of how to do this...

Don’t write…                    Instead write…

I am captain of the hockey      Being a captain of a hockey
team…                           team…

I enjoy playing sport…          Having enjoyed playing foot-
                                ball…

I am studying A levels in…      My A level subjects have…

I enjoy socialising             Socialising is important to me
                                because

I have taken part in…           Taking part in…

I have gained a number of       The skills I have gained from
skills...


Dates for your diary:

September 25th           All tutor references will
                         be completed

November 27th            Bosworth UCAS deadline

January 15th             Official UCAS deadline

February                 Route B Art and Design
                          Useful Contacts

Louise Holdback louiseh27@boscol.leics.sch.uk

Kathleen Baxter    kathleenb5@boscol.leics.sch.uk


Checklist to complete before submitting your form:

   Does your fee code say O2LA?

   Have you stated you are a UK National?

   Have you added you AS Levels (advanced subsidiary) and de-
   clared your grades?

   Have you added all of your A Levels leaving the grades pending?

   Have you made 5 choices?




Once your form is completed you must follow this
procedure:

1. Print off your whole form for your tutor to check. If
   your tutor is happy with the form get them to put
   their initials in the top corner
2. Once everything is completed and correct—pass the
   form to Suzanne in the Post 16 office. Kathleen wil
   then check this form.
3. If the form is correct—you will receive a message
   via your tutor to pay and send.
4. If there are errors, the form will be passed back to
   you via your tutor with the problem areas high-
   lighted.
Now, using your notes, write the first draft of your personal statement. GOOD LUCK!