Writing a personal statement

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When applying for a higher education course, you'll need to write a personal statement; this is your opportunity to demonstrate to the admissions tutors why you should be offered a place on the course of your choice.

There's no correct way to write a personal statement but there are a few things you may want to consider including in your personal statement..

Why you have chosen the course

You'll need to show you have an interest in the subject you have chosen to study. You should also explain why you're interested in the subject and what made you want to study it at university.

Work and life experience

Writing about work and life experience allows you to demonstrate the skills you have learned which may help with your university course. You should include experiences from employment, work experience, voluntary work, extra-curricular activities or any hobbies which have helped you gain experience and expertise. Your should try and link your work and life experiences to the course you are applying for.

Your plans for the future

It's not essential to talk about future/career plans in your personal statement; you may not be sure about your plans for the future. However, discussing your future plans can enhance your application and demonstrate that you have spent time researching and planning your future. If you know what career you'd like to pursue after university, it may be a good idea to talk about what inspired you to want that career.

Why you would like to study at Higher Education level

You need to be able to demonstrate that you are capable of studying at a higher education level. Higher education is a big step up from qualifications completed at college so you need to show you have the motivation, commitment and determination to study at a higher education level.