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Personal Statements

2000px-UCAS_logo.svgMonday 2 November 2015 marked the start of Personal Statement Week at UCAS, and as this is one of the most difficult sections for students to complete, feel free to use the below resources to use in the classroom.

Quick Guide

  • 4000 characters, 47 lines of text.
  • English spelling and grammar!
  • 1 personal statement for all courses applied to.
  • Content should include ambitions, skills and experience gained within and outside of school.
  • It’s personal – avoid quotes, this showcases someone else’s work, not their own!
  • It’s professional – encourage enthusiastic statements but avoid humour or anything unusual to ensure your student is giving the right impression of themselves.

Resources – Please click on the blue link to access the resources.

UCAS Personal Statement Timeline – Ensure your students are well prepared to write their personal statement with this useful document, which takes students through choosing a course to re-reading their statement before attending a possible interview for university.

UCAS Personal Statement Mind Map – This 4 step process to writing a personal statement, should give students all the necessary information to start writing their personal statement.

UCAS Personal Statement Worksheet – Use this document in conjunction with the UCAS Mind Map to encourage students to note down their relevant skills and experience in one place.

UCAS Personal Statement Tool – Once planning and preparation is complete, it’s time to start the writing process. UCAS have created an online tool which can help students consolidate all the information planned above into the finish statement for their application form.

North East Raising Aspiration Partnership
c/o Marketing and Student Recruitment
Newcastle University

Tel: 0191 208 3128