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Personal Statements | Tips on How to Write your Personal Statement

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Writing a personal statement shouldn’t be feared. See it as an opportunity to speak directly to the admissions tutor and to show that you are suitable for the university, academically and socially.

How to Write a Personal Statement for UCAS

You have 47 lines, or 4000 characters at your disposal so use them wisely. About 80–90% of your statement should focus on the academic. Explain why you want to study this particular subject and do some research into the course to help you articulate your thoughts. Use websites and course brochures, email admissions tutors if you have questions, and ask teachers and careers staff for help. If it’s a subject you haven’t studied before, then recognizing similarities with your other A Levels may reveal why you want to study that subject.

Next, write about any additional experience and skills. Include information about paid employment, work experience or volunteering you have undertaken, travel, extracurricular groups, or experience you may have of student government. This shouldn’t read like a checklist. The crucial thing is to illustrate what these experiences have taught you and how they relate to your chosen course. Demonstrate that you have gained transferable skills and how these could be useful at university.

Include a paragraph about your hobbies and interests and try to be specific. Rather than saying that you like to read, try to give the admissions tutor more detail about what exactly you like to read and why that particular subject interests you. If you can link this to your course then this is even better as it shows that you are passionate enough about the subject to pursue it outside of the classroom.

Conclude your statement by briefly describing why you are a good choice for the course and the university. Highlight how you are prepared both academically and socially for the challenge of Higher Education.



Next Steps | Open Days

Open Days are a vital step in the application process. Check out the available Open Days below, and see our Guide to Open Days here.

The Southern Universities Network collaborate with 6 local universities and additional partners in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight:

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth is a further and higher education university based in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, specialising in art, performance, design, and media.

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Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University is a public university in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. The university was founded in 1992 as one of the new universities, however the origins of its predecessor date back to the early 1900s.

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University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, England. The history of the university dates back to 1908, when the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library.

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Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University is a public university based in Southampton, United Kingdom. It has approximately 11000 students. Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre and the maritime hub of Southampton.

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University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a public research university located in Southampton, England. The university’s origins date back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862

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University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a public research university based in the city of Winchester, Hampshire, England. The university has origins tracing back to 1840.

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