How to write an effective Personal Statement
What is a Personal Statement?
A personal statement is a piece of writing about yourself.
It outlines why you want to study your chosen course at
university. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate that you
have the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed on
• It is submitted online as part of your UCAS application,
and can be a maximum of 47 lines or 4000 characters
• From your personal statement, admissions tutors
should be able to find out more about you, your
academic achievements, your interests and motivation
for studying at Higher Education level.
Who reads my personal statement?
• Admissions tutors are university staff who set entry
criteria for courses. They will assess your application,
read your personal statement and decide whether or not
to give you an offer.
What are admissions tutors looking for?
• Evidence that you have the skills required to be a
student on the course and will contribute more widely
to university life.