Struggling with your UCAS Personal Statement

Rainhill Sixth Form has the answers!

It’s that time of the year again….UCAS! And it’s not an easy process. Even though you have been to the dedicated UCAS workshops we have put on, asked your tutor in PSE sessions or had your first draft marked, you still might be struggling.

No worries!

If you are in Sixth Form, come and see your Progression Mentor! That is why she is there, to help you with this. If not, you can always drop her an email but if you want a little more guidance right now, why not check out our top tips below on how to write the best UCAS personal statement you can.

Rainhill Sixth Form’s magnificent 7 tips on writing the perfect UCAS Personal Statement

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  1. The opening – Avoid the ten most commonly used UCAS phrases for an opening. Try and pin point the moment that sparked your interest in physics or sociology? Why that was fascinating to you and why you want to learn more.
  2. Talk about your subject with passion – Whether it is Geography or Psychology, Dance or Sport that is your first love, then you need to show the admissions tutor that you are passionate (without using that overused word!). Geek out! Really go to town on your technical explanations, get in depth and show you have read around.
  3. Show you know what you are applying for and why – Make sure you do your research. Why are you applying to your course? Find common links in units or topics you want to study. For example, most computer science degrees cover coding. Show that you know what you are applying for and why this will help in your future career choices.
  4. Talk about your academic and transferrable skills – When you discuss what you have learnt in your subjects, pull out both the skills and knowledge you have learnt that are subject specific, such as equipment handling in Chemistry, or that are transferrable, such as essay writing and critical analysis in History. Always say what you have learnt and why this is relevant.
  5. Talk about your super-curricular skills – Doing independent learning around your subject gives you a big tick in the box from Universities as it shows them you will be able to cope with the type of learning they offer. Always say what you have learnt and why this is relevant.
  6. Analyse your learning – Universities want to be convinced that you can ANALYSE and EVALUATE so you need to show them this in your personal statement. Take one piece of work or a topic you have loved and EVALUTE YOUR LEARNING or ANALYSE a theory.
  7. The end – It’s always hard to end something, and your UCAS statement is no different. Try to tie it back to the beginning, and focus on how that first bubble of excitement you felt for your subject is now going to propel you into the future.