Personal Statements

Writing a personal statement is probably one of the most difficult parts of the UCAS application process. Many students will not have done much creative writing since GCSE, and even if you have, it's still very hard to write about yourself.

The personal statement is now regarded by Admissions Tutors as the most important part of the application form because it enables an Admissions Tutor to identify potential beyond the grades. 

We have produced this short 'Guide to Writing a Winning Personal Statement' to help you with this process, and to make sure you end up with a personal statement that really sells you to the University.

Personal Statements - Finding A Formula

It is also worth watching this video which provides an excellent summary of the Do’s and Don’ts in relation your personal statement.

Additional Support

Students get lots of support  from Tring School when they come to write their personal statement. As well as running dedicated lessons and assemblies on personal statement writing, Mrs Beck will review your personal statement up to two times, and you are also encouraged to ask your subject teachers to review your statement. And don't forget to ask your parents! They can help with the all important spelling/grammar check, and they can also assist you in ensuring the statement is within the required word count.

Further Resources

Personal statements

UCAS Personal Statement Builder: This tool is designed to help you think about what to include in your personal statement, and how to structure it. Use the tool to start building your personal statement over time by saving your progress as you go.

'University Compare' Personal Statement examples

Pure Potential Personal statement library: Annotated past personal statements from undergraduates.

Studential Personal Statement examples: Browse over 2,000 university personal statement examples by subject.

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