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UCAS Personal Statement Writing

How to write a UCAS personal statement

A personal statement is part of your application to study at a UK university. In a personal statement, the student writes about what they hope to achieve on a UK university course, what they hope to do after it, and why they are applying to this particular university. It is your first chance to show a demonstrable passion and understanding of your chosen subject away from exam results.

What to include in your personal statement

Genuine experiences in extracurricular clubs, work experience, or knowledge of a subject are much more likely to make your personal statement stand out. Admissions officers are also looking for positive evidence of your character that will make you a productive member of the university.

How long should my personal statement be?

The length of a personal statement varies depending on the university, but generally, the average length for an undergraduate application is between 400 and 600 words, around one side of A4 paper or a maximum of 47 lines. Certain postgraduate programmes may require a 1000-word personal statement, but this will be specified.

Try not to exceed the given character limit, as admissions officers have many personal statements to review, and a written and concise personal statement is more likely to stand out.

Common personal statement errors

It is also important not to lie about any aspect of your personal life and education history or even exaggerate. Admissions officers will question you about almost all aspects of your application and are more than adept at determining any non-truths.

UCAS personal statement tips

In terms of presentation, attempt to create five clear paragraphs of text in a clear font such as Arial or Times New  Roman, with a maximum size of 12.

How we can help

Once you have completed your personal statement, visit SI-UK India for a free consultation. We can edit your personal statement and ensure the English is clear and grammatically correct. Once this process is complete, we will return your personal statement within 1-3 working days.

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Personal Statement FAQ

Applicants should avoid misspellings and grammar errors and discuss topics unrelated to their application and character.

Yes, universities read UCAS personal statements, and they play a major factor when shortlisting candidates.

If you lie on your UCAS personal statement, your application will be rejected, and any offers will be revoked.

If UCAS detects similarities in your personal statement, it will be flagged for review, and your university choices will be notified while it is under review.

Yes, UCAS will notify you if your UCAS application has been rejected. You may also receive an email from the university stating why your application has been rejected.

Once your UCAS application has been submitted, it cannot be changed. So, before submitting, make sure you proofread your application or get it proofread by someone else to make it error-free.

Example Personal Statement

Please see below for an example of a personal statement to a Development Studies course.

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Double Quote up  I sincerely thank SI-UK for getting me accepted to UCL. The MSc in Urban Development and Planning is extremely competitive, but the right guidance provided by SI-UK made my dream of studying at University College London a reality. The services were exceptional from beginning to end.  Double Quote Down

Rashmi Lakshanya Urban Development and Planning at University College London

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