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….
Southampton City College
One online application & personal statement
For all your choices (up to 5)
Apply can’t write your Personal Statement for you
So what is the point of the
“…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)
e.g. - GCSE Grades / Predicted Grades
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.
Personal Statement –
What Admissions Tutors are looking for
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.
Commitment / Team work / Responsibility / Leadership
Rather than: “I like playing football”
“ 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”
e.g Time management / Responsibility /Customer service
-Parents / Guardians
… 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 – Remember…
Who do you want to be?