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Writing a Personal Statement

One of the most important parts of your university application is your Personal Statement. It's your chance to explain why you want to study a particular course and show admissions tutors why you should be offered a place at their university.

It can also seem like one of the hardest parts of your application, particularly because of the amount of space available to convince tutors - you only have 47 lines (approximately 4,000 characters including spaces).

We've gathered together some key tips to help you write a great Personal Statement.

Keep it concise - don't use repetition

It’s really important to make sure you only include key points in your statement and avoid repeating information available elsewhere on your application.

Research

One of our Recruitment Officers, Andrew Cooper, offers his advice:

“Research is key. Almost all course descriptions mention the qualities, skills and experience you need to have a successful application, so make sure you include references to these in your Personal Statement.

"It’s also a good idea to highlight what makes you a good candidate for the course and I would also recommend pointing out any personal qualities or experiences that will make you stand out from the crowd – admissions tutors will read hundreds of applications so it’s good to include something to differentiate yourself from everyone else.

“Finally, draft draft draft – don’t just write it once and then send it off. Work on it and develop it to ensure that it’s the best it can be.”

Proof read - and ask others to help

Once you have written your Personal Statement, make sure that you proof read it and ask your friends, family and teachers for their thoughts. It’s imperative that you check for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes – errors on your application form and Personal Statement don’t make a good impression and could cost you an offer of study.

Although it may sound daunting, with careful planning, preparation and proof reading you will be able to write a clear, strong Personal Statement. There’s plenty of advice readily available on the UCAS website as well as other forum websites such as The Student Room.

If you would like to speak us for any advice, please email enquiry@hope.ac.uk.

Good luck!