UCAS Personal Statements

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TuTuKu, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    Right.. i'm going to have to get my bum into gear before tuesday and get a rough draft of my personal statement written.... Has anyone got any good websites or tips to help me! Seems like a huge task... I hate writing about myself... I want to do geography if that's any help!!


    TuTuKu Xx :cool:
  2. Janet Watkins

    Janet Watkins Member

    I hope that all of you applying for University places through UCAS realise that music exam Grade results can add to your points score!

    See the website below for more information. (The relevant table is at the bottom of the page.)


    Points range from 75 for a Distinction at Grade 8 Practical down to 5 for a Pass at Grade 6 Theory.

    I know of one A Level student who has used this information to his advantage! It was the difference between getting into his first choice University, or going through clearing.

    Hope this helps

  3. trombelle

    trombelle Member

    that is so true abou the points for music grades, recently found that out and i have a feeling it will be a big help!!

    in terms of writing your personal statement, im doing the same thing at the moment and im finding it really hard! it's really embarrassing to have to 'sell' yourself to admissions tutors and i feel kinda big headed. the best advice (tho u prob know this already) is to get someone close to you to have a read through it. they will often think of really good stuff about you that you didn't think of or just didn't think was significant. or maybe just point out any spelling errors!!

    good luck anyway!!

    ps: just out of interest, what are you planning to study?!
  4. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    Just wait till you graduate and you have to write loads of these sorts of things for job applications !!

    My advice is make sure you back up qualities etc with evidence i.e if you are saying you have a certain skill make sure you say how you learnt it.

    Working as part as a team is always a useful one. You can use band as a good example of that. If you have experience of committees, tutoring younger pupils then make sure you mention it.

    If you have a part-time job explain how it has taught you to deal with a range of people from all sectors of the community, time-keeping and organising your studying with other committments.

    Finally try and have a balance of academic and non-academic achievements.

    Not that I am an expert or anything! :biggrin:
  5. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Are your tutors not giving you any help with this? Form tutor/personal tutor?

    I'd agree with most things already said on here. Make sure you back it all up with concrete facts. Watch you word count as well. I'm sure there's a website somewhere with lots of guidance. I'll see if I can find it.
  6. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    Thanks for your replies!

    Yes they are, have been very helpful, it just still seems like such a onerous task! I'm sure, like most things it'll be fine once i get it started!

    I had heard about the music exams carrying UCAS points.... i have grade 8 pass so that will be helpful for some Unis, although not all I'm appling to use the tariff

    Geography hopefully!!

    Writing will commence approx 0900 sunday morning, so wish me luck!!
  7. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    One tip is to make sure that each sentence/paragraph starts differently.
    It is very easy to start each one with "I have" which is actually fairly difficult to read I think!

    Hope that helps :)
  8. kate_the_horn

    kate_the_horn New Member

    and most of all, blow ure own cornet!!
  9. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    ooo, you just reminded me of this!


    Someone please use it!!!
  10. horny

    horny Member

    having interviewed potential candidates at a local uni for the teaching degree and pgce, I was very surprised to read handwritten personal statememts with grammatical and spelling errors, make yours look professional and get someone the proof read it, some one who knows you well and may be able to add things, I always get my best professional buddies to read all my applications and they allways offer great ideas to improve my applications.
    good luck
  11. horny

    horny Member

    oops i spelt always wrong!?!? put that down the the heat and alchohol this sunday afternoon!
  12. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    so my grade 8 honours counts also as an extra 70/75 points?!
  13. Cantonian

    Cantonian Active Member

    And do not forget to use capital letters and full stops in the correct places!
  14. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    ooooh, im doing mine at the mo too. well let me re-phrase that, im meant to be oding mine at the moment!!
    my tutor has been really really helpful and given us a list of everything we can talk about-cant remember it off hand (we did this before the summer!) but i'll see if i can find it. hope it goes well :)
  15. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    Well at least SOME tutors are helpful...:-?:x

    I haven't a clue of what to write for mine...:-:)-(
  16. dorris cole

    dorris cole New Member

  17. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    i wrote mine last night! well i did the rough copy :)
    i found a good format was;
    courses being studied, reasons for applying for the course and professional ambitions
    relevant work experience and achievements
    other achievements
    hobbies (music!!) interests and personality

    well thats what i did!! now does any one know if there is a word limit? mines 4 sides of A4.hmmmm. about to type it up and get a proper word count!
  18. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    It has got to fit on the space on the form - I seem to remember it's about 400 words @ 12pt Times New Roman.
  19. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    just given it to my tutor- she said its ok cos i have big hand writting!! its not that big tho!
  20. zebrazoo

    zebrazoo New Member

    PS formet


    So I know there is some crazy format for this thing but does anyone know what the margins are on word for typing a personal statement to put in the EAS??

    Muchas Loving xx