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 of study. A well presented personal statement can help you to secure an interview, so do make the most of the opportunity.
Write your personal statement out in rough first and only include it with your application form when you have carefully read and edited it several times, had other people check it/proof read it and you're confident that it's a good representation of you and your written skills.
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, considering the following points.
- What interests you about the subject
- Why you have chosen this course in particular
- Outline the skills you bring to the course
- Highlight your relevant experience
- Your aspirations and where you want this course to take you.
Language and structure
- Try to avoid starting every sentence with 'I'
- Don't repeat yourself by saying the same thing in different ways
- Make sure your writing has sentence and paragraph structure
- Each point you discuss should flow on to the next
- Don't use slang or abbreviations of words
- Check the spelling of your statement before submitting your application.
We recommend that your statement should be a maximum of 500-600 words (approximately one side of A4).
What we'll be looking for
- How suitable you are for the course
- Whether you're interested in the area you want to study
- If you're dedicated and show a real commitment to hard work
- How well you communicate in your statement
- The presentation of your writing
- The relevant skills you bring to the course.