UCAS Personal Statement



1. Start your essay in a way that draws the reader’s attention:

  • They don’t like you to use quotes UNLESS you make it clear how the quote relates to you!
  • You could start with a question and then answer it…as long as it relates directly to the course to which you are applying
  • Don’t say ‘Since I was born, I have been interested in studying…’  Way too cliché and it certainly doesn’t make sense!


2. Show passion for the course!:

  • Why do you want to study this course?  Just because you want to follow in your dad’s/mom’s footsteps, for example, isn’t enough to get you an offer!
  • Describe any internships you have taken and how they have helped you learn more about the field. 
  • Don’t just list what you did…What did you learn?  How did the experience enrich your understanding and appreciation of that career?
  • Interview professionals in the field and show how their experiences made you more interested in studying for the degree.


3. Don’t list your courses!  The admissions people will see what courses you are taking!:

  • If one of your courses helped you develop a stronger passion for learning more, then describe what happened…was it a project?  A piece of research you completed?
  • Have you had a sincere interest in the sciences, for example, since you were first introduced to the subjects?  Did you find yourself doodling all the time in class since you started school? Are you more of a ‘people person’ at school or do you feel more comfortable in the lab or working on computers or designing and building an object in DT?  Are you more or an introvert or an extrovert when it comes to giving presentations before an audience?  Do you work better within a group or on your own when there is a task to be completed in class?


4. Include the activities you enjoy that are also directly or indirectly related to the course:

  • If you are thinking of studying business, were you involved in a mock company here at school?  What position did you hold?  What did you learn?
  • If you want to study engineering, were you involved in Habitat for Humanity?  What did you do?  Did you help build something if you went to Cambodia or stayed here in Jordan?  If you want to study medicine, what volunteer work did you do?  What did you learn from it?


5. What do you want to do once you have your degree?

  • Describe what you would like to do for your country.  It’s okay to be idealistic…you are a teenager…they will expect you to have high hopes and dreams…but don’t say how you plan to better the world…that is TOO much for anyone to believe!
  • Think about where you see yourself in fifteen years…what positive contributions to you hope to make with your degree and experience?


6. Write first from your heart, then go back and write edit using your head!


7. You have space for 4000 characters including spaces, but don’t worry if your first draft is too long.  It can be cut down and your counselor can help you. 


8. If it is too short, ask your counselor how you can expand it…perhaps all you need are a few more examples to ‘beef’ it up!


9. Don’t show it to too many people or your voice will get lost as they give you a plethora of suggestions.  YOUR voice must shine through!  If your counselor asks you ‘Is this your work?” then she does not feel it is your voice.  An admission person knows what a teenage ‘voice’ sounds like, so don’t try to fool them by having someone else write it for you!


10. Write to express, NOT to impress!  Don’t use words you don’t normally use or your essay will sound convoluted (if you don’t know what that means, look it up!)





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