What should I include in my UCAS Personal Statement?

Your Personal Statement should explain why you want to study your chosen subject and give specific reasons for your interest in the course.

It is also important to show evidence of research and background reading.

Show that you know and are prepared for studying the course – especially if it is a vocational course or a subject you haven’t studied before.

Mention if you’ve attended any summer schools or related lectures.

Include any relevant job, work placement or voluntary experience in your Personal Statement – especially if it’s helped to develop skills and give experience that normal schoolwork would not uncover.

If you have a career plan for when you finish the course, mention this as well.

If you are applying for different subjects on the same form, explain your reasons clearly or institutions will feel that you haven’t made your mind up.