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How to strengthen your personal statement

What can you do strengthen your university application? Consider the following advice about writing your personal statement.

The personal statement is a section on your UCAS application that universities use to check that you are suitable for your chosen course. You have about 4,000 characters in your personal statement to show why you are suited to your chosen subject.

Why is the personal statement important?

Not all applicant students get called to an interview and so the personal statement may be your first and only chance to make an impression with admissions staff.

Your personal statement is an important chance to stand out from the competition.

Universities are looking for curious and scholarly students who show a real interest in engaging with their chosen subject.

The important thing to remember is that you need to be original and use your own voice.

It is essential that you don't plagiarise, this includes using segments or excerpts from previous statements. UCAS has sophisticated software to check against previously submitted statements to check for plagiarism.

So what can you do to strengthen your personal statement? 

Show that you are ready academically and socially for the challenges of studying at university:

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Personal statement workshop

Looking to apply later on in the year? Visit the University and get expert advice on how to enhance your personal statement. 28 June 2017, 18:00.

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Watch our 'Strengthening your UCAS Application' video

For a more in-depth guide with more tips and ideas watch our video on how to strengthen your UCAS application.

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