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UCAS Applications & Personal Statements. Southampton City College. Geeta Uppal Recruitment Officer. November 2012. UCAS – What is it?. “University and Colleges Admissions Service” Deals with most UK university (undergraduate) applications www.ucas.com website looks like….

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Ucas applications personal statements

UCAS Applications

&

Personal Statements

Southampton City College

Geeta Uppal

Recruitment Officer

November 2012


Ucas what is it

UCAS – What is it?

  • “University and Colleges Admissions Service”

  • Deals with most UK university (undergraduate) applications

  • www.ucas.com website looks like…


Ucas important dates

UCAS – Important dates

  • Summer Term & Hols – Research choices and start to plan your Personal Statement

  • September to January - Fill out and submit application Main deadline - 15 January Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary courses & Oxbridge Deadline -15 October Art and Design 15 of January or 24 March (up to university) Clearing All applications made after 30 June

  • October to March – Universities are making decisions

  • December to March - Applicant Open Days

  • February to July – UCAS Extra

  • April/May – Decide on firm & insurance choice

  • July / August – Clearing, Adjustment and Confirmation


Ucas applying to university

UCAS - Applying to university

One online application & personal statement

For all your choices (up to 5)

Apply

  • Automatically checks your details

  • You can adapt your application

  • You can copy and paste into it

    BUT…

    Apply can’t write your Personal Statement for you

    So what is the point of the

    Personal Statement?


Ucas your one personal statement

UCAS - Your ONE Personal Statement

“…your opportunity to tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd.”(UCAS.com)


Why do universities need personal statements

Why do universities need Personal Statements?

  • They enable universities to see why a student is interested in the course

  • It demonstrates a student’s interest and motivation in a subject

  • A part of the application process

    e.g. - GCSE Grades / Predicted Grades

    • - References - Interview / Audition / Portfolio Viewing

  • It can be used to decide between applicants with similar grades


  • This your opportunity to

    This your opportunity to......

    Sell SellSell

    Yourself!


    Writing your personal statement the abc guide

    Writing your Personal Statement –The ABC Guide

    Activity

    Benefit

    Course

    What you’ve done

    What skills it has given you

    How these relate to the course you’re applying for

    I have played an integral part of the school debating team for two years participating in inter-school competitions.

    This has helped me to develop into a confident speaker…

    …which will ensure that I will positively contribute in mooting sessions.


    Ucas applications personal statements

    Personal Statement –

    What Admissions Tutors are looking for

    Evidence of:

    • Independent study skills

    • Self-awareness

    • Motivation and commitment

    • An understanding of the course

    • Good numeracy and literacy

    • Essay writing

    • Research skills

    • Time management skills

    • Enthusiasm to go beyond the syllabus


    Personal statement size style

    Personal Statement -Size & Style

    • The same Personal Statement for all your choices (CAUTION: different courses / university names)

    • MAX: 4,000 characters / 47 lines of text - Draft in Word & copy and paste it into Apply

    • The system will monitor the length of your statement

    • You can’t change the style e.g. bold, italic

    • Approach it like an essay (make sure it flows logically)

    • Check spelling & grammar carefully (don’t reply on Spellchecker)

    • Don’t be tempted to copy!!


    Personal statement starting points

    Personal Statement - starting points

    • This subject interests me because…

    • The reason(s) why I chose this subject…

    • I have some great work experience…

    • After I graduate, I want to be…

    • My greatest achievement to date is…

    • In my spare time…


    Ucas applications personal statements

    What balance should I make between my course interests and my extra-curricular activities in my personal statement?

    There's no clear rule for how much of the personal statement should be allocated to course-related interests and skills, and how much for hobbies and other activities, because the importance placed on the information varies between universities, colleges and courses. What is important to remember is that a good personal statement will usually manage to link most activities back to your chosen degree.

    UCAS, 2011


    Personal statement hobbies extra curricular activities

    Personal Statement – Hobbies & Extra Curricular Activities

    • Show you as a ‘well-rounded’ applicant

    • Relevant to the subject you are applyingfor and how they support your application

    • What transferable skills you have learnt from these experiences?

    Commitment / Team work / Responsibility / Leadership


    Personal statement hobbies extra curricular activities1

    Personal Statement –Hobbies & Extra Curricular Activities

    Rather than: “I like playing football”

    Instead:

    “ I play for my local football team. I train weekly and also offer coaching support to the younger players. I have input on the tactics we use”


    Personal statement work experience volunteering

    Personal Statement –Work Experience/ Volunteering

    • Relevant work experience/ volunteering is very valuable on an application form

    • Vital for some courses e.g. Teaching, health

    • Other work can be included, if relevant

    • Try to demonstrate transferable skills

      e.g Time management / Responsibility /Customer service

    • You still have time to get work experience!!


    Personal statement do s and don ts

    Personal Statement - Do’s and Don’ts

    Do’s

    • Mention future aspirations

    • Get feedback from others

      -Advisers

      -Parents / Guardians

    • Write it early and edit

    • Take it with you to interview

    • Be prepared to answer questions about it

    • Don’ts

    • Lie or use intellectual pretensions

    • Plagiarise

    • Be negative

    • Mention an institution

    • Be vague

    • Use bad grammar or spelling

      • ‘I so don’t want to missthis opportunity’


    Edit edit edit

    Edit, edit, edit!


    Finally do not go over the top

    Finally, do not go over the top…

    … and when I’m not working towards World Peace, I enjoy learning languages from scratch, writing symphonies and playing a standard of golf that Tiger Woods can only dream about.


    Personal statement top tips

    Personal Statement – Top Tips!!

    • Make it clear, concise and well-structured

    • Don’t repeat yourself:

      • Don’t re-list your subjects: They know them!

  • Check spelling and grammar

  • Swap with a friend and provide suggestions

  • Get them to consider: “Is this applicant enthusiastic about the course, and will they enjoy their time here?”

  • Get teachers and careers advisors to read it(you are unlikely to submit your first draft)

  • Is it all true?!


  • Ucas applications personal statements

    Personal Statement – Remember…

    • ActivityBenefitCourse

    • Research & relate

    • Slepping & Gram’ma

    • Get started!

    • Get checked


    The road to university what should i be doing now

    The road to University – What should I be doing now?

    • Research courses

    • Attend University Open Days/UCAS Fairs

    • Brainstorm your statement; get writing!

    • Continue to:

      • Do extra-curricular activities

      • Gain work experience

      • Focus on doing well in exams

      • Go beyond the syllabus


    Useful websites

    Useful websites

    • www.solent.ac.uk

    • ucas.com

    • www.hotcourses.com

    • www.push.co.ukRuthlessly independent uni guide

    • www.brightsideuniaid.orgTools to help you decide about the right uni for you

    • www.opendays.comUniversity open day directory


    Ucas applications personal statements

    Who do you want to be?


    Any questions

    Any questions......


    Contact us

    Contact us

    • www.solent.ac.uk

    • [email protected]

    • facebook.com/solentofficial

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    • 023 8031 9000


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