UCAS Personal Statement Advice

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Law student Dave and Law lecturer and Admissions Tutor Chaynee offer advice on how to write a winning Personal Statement.

Top Tips

Be personal and positive - and don't be bland.

  • Don’t start every sentence with “I” 
  • Write what comes naturally 
  • Tone should not be over-familiar nor over-formal 
  • Be honest – don’t lie! 
  • Finish on a high note 
  • Make a few copies 
  • Take your time, be patient and get it right 
  • Re-read prospectuses and information about the subject/course before you start 
  • Don’t mention a university by name 
  • Check that each sentence adds something new 
  • Use the most relevant and recent examples of hobbies and extra-curricular activities 
  • Ask a friend or careers advisor to read through your statement and check for typos 

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