To write a great UCAS personal statement, take time to plan it in detail. Print out the template below – or draw your own up – get a pile of post-it notes and start brainstorming. As you come up with ideas, write them on the post-it notes and stick them in the sections. Use post-its so you can move them around later.
Remember: does everything on here convince a subject lecturer that you are the right person for their course?
Add to each area (remember the weighting for the first section) everything you can think of that demonstrates to the admissions tutor you are the person they are looking for. Write evidence for each one and make a note, too, of how this makes you a strong applicant for the course. Don’t worry if you have a few gaps or are not sure how much information to add. Use this as an ideas session; you can keep coming back when you think of new things. Planning means you have time.
For instance, if you lack evidence that shows your genuine interest in the subject, enter an essay competition online for a relevant society, or go to a local lecture – and suddenly you have transformed into a really strong candidate.
The tabs on the left contain examples and ideas for each section. If you’re not sure which section to put a post-it note in, just go for the best match. Using post-its means you can move them around – which you need to do anyway to put them in their final order.
For now, ignore the introduction and conclusion – they are best written when you know what you are introducing and concluding.