So, you’ve decided what universities you want to go to and what course(s) you’d like to study. Now all that’s left to do is apply! Here are our tips for perfecting your UCAS application.
What to include in your application
Most people start off their application by briefly describing why they want to go to university to study their chosen subject. It’s important to make a good first impression, so make sure you convey your passion and interest well. Be sure to explain what interests you specifically about the subject and what you have done to pursue your interest so far. For example, if you’re interested in Dentistry and you’ve done work experience at a dentist, write it down! You might then go on to describe your ambitions in life and how studying your course at university, specifically, will help you get there.
Make sure you provide evidence of your interest in your chosen subject, but make sure it aligns with the course you’re applying to. For example, you might be particularly interested in neuroscience, but this might not be covered in one of the courses you’re applying for. As you can’t apply for each university individually, it’s probably best if you don’t include anything too specific to one university.
Universities get thousands of applications for their courses every year, therefore it’s important to clearly highlight why you should be chosen above other applicants. You can do this by describing any relevant skills, experiences or achievements that you have that will set you apart from other candidates. This could be extracurricular activities such as clubs, employment, volunteering or NCS and Duke of Edinburgh awards.
- You have a 4,000-character limit, not 4,000 words! Don’t get these two confused or else you’ll have to do A LOT of redrafting!
- Avoid, humour, long quotes and clichés such as ‘since I was 4 I always knew I wanted to be a doctor’.
- Don’t write down every single thing you’ve ever done. Your personal statement should aim to show that you have the skills and qualities universities are looking for- if it doesn’t do this, then leave it out.
- Write about yourself in a positive way!
- Be concise.
- Get it checked! Draft, re-draft and re-draft. Get your friends, family, personal tutor and teachers to check your personal statement for spelling and punctuation mistakes.