Tips on completing your university application form – Part 2 – Personal statementsBy Newman University College Apr 15, 2011 11:45PM UTC
Firstly, you should leave yourself plenty of time to write a personal statement so you can show it to others and then edit it until you are happy with the final version. You may find it difficult to write about yourself. So start by making a list of your :-
- Future career plans
Don’t forget to ask friends and family to contribute. You may be surprised at how much you have achieved.
When you have all this information you can then review it and see what you need for your personal statement. It is important to discard information that is not necessary to your application, you need to stay relevant and to the point. One benefit of applying directly to Newman is that you have more space for your personal statement compared to a UCAS application form, which can be quite restrictive. However, please do not assume this means you can just include anything in your statement.
In order to match your qualifications and skills with the course you are applying for you can get more information from looking at the entry profiles for courses on the UCAS website. This will remind you of the qualifications and other criteria a university is looking for in a candidate.
So what should you include?
- It is important to explain why you want to study the course you have chosen. Tell us what you enjoy about the subject.
- Tell us why you think you are suitable for the course. You may want to make links to your personal interests and hobbies, perhaps showing a long term interest in a subject.
- As an International student it would be useful if you mention any studies or examinations you have taken in English. Do you have any examples of when you have used English outside your studies?
- How does the degree course fits in with your career plans?
Final points to remember are; don’t exaggerate, we want to know about the real you! It is also important to think about the organisation and flow of your personal statement. Does it make sense? Does it follow a logical progression from one point to another?
Lastly, before your send your application, make sure you check your personal statement for spelling and grammatical errors and ask someone else to check it for you.
If you need to know more about Newman before you apply, there is further information specifically for international students on our website. If you have any questions about your application we would be happy to help. Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call +44 01214761181 ext 2467.
In the meantime, have a good weekend, and check out the blog next week when we’ll cover Study Skills for when you come to the UK to study.