Personal statement guidance

Your application form may be the first contact you have with us, so your personal statement is your opportunity to explain why you believe you're a strong candidate for a particular course. A well-presented personal statement can help you to secure an interview, so make the most of the opportunity to tell us why you stand out from the crowd.

Content

Research the course you're interested in thoroughly, identify the skills and interests required to study it and use this information to write your personal statement.

  • What are your interests in the subject area? Why do you want to come and study the course?
  • Why do you think you’re the ideal applicant for this course? Include any skills or work you have done that supports this.
  • Why would you like to study at UCA? How do you think you’ll benefit from studying at UCA?
  • What is it particularly about UCA and the course here which appeals to you?
  • What are your future career goals, where do you hope to be at the end of the course and in the future, and how will studying at UCA help you to achieve these goals?
  • Remember to relate the subjects you are currently studying, or have studied, to the course you are applying to and how you’ll apply the skills you have learnt.
  • Think about any experiences you’ve had and explain how they are relevant to the course you’re applying to.
  • Include any relevant work experience you may have done in the subject area you’re looking to study.
  • If you don’t have a lot of experience in your chosen subject area, think about transferable skills you may have obtained from other experiences you’ve had, such as problem-solving, teamwork, project management, listening, organisation and time management skills.
  • Show how you’re a critical thinker and demonstrate how you can complete tasks independently with an analytical mindset.
  • Don’t forget to include any hobbies or interests you have outside of studying and, if relevant, relate this to any skills you’ve learnt which could be used in your studies. This will also show that you can balance your education with your social life.

 

Structure

Structure your personal statement so that it flows naturally and is easy for you to manage. It’s a good idea to have a beginning, middle and end.

  • The beginning should be about you and why you want to study the course – this doesn’t have to include anything about your current/previous studies.
  • The middle is the main section and should include any experiences, previous studies and skills that make you suitable for the course.
  • The end is the final section that includes any other activities you’ve done outside of your studies. 

Check your spelling, grammar and punctuation and make sure your writing has good sentence and paragraph structure. Ensure everything you say relates to the course you’re applying to and your chosen career path and try not to repeat yourself.