We've created a personal statement tool to help your students think about what to write and how to structure their personal statement.
We understand how daunting it can be for your students when set with the task of writing their personal statements. This stage can be the hardest part of the application process, especially when faced with a blank page.
Our personal statement tool will help your students think about what to include in their personal statement, and how to structure it. It also counts how many characters they’ve used, so it’s easy to see when they’re close to that 4,000 character limit.
We also have a handy video narrated by a university admissions expert, who reads personal statements as a job, and gives the inside info on what unis and colleges are looking for.
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What is UCAS?
- The University and College Admissions Service.
- It is the only way to apply to university.
How does it work?
- Students choose what and where to study.
- Decision is informed by attending Open Days.
- UCAS application is completed online.
- The application contains five pieces of vital information:
1) Personal details (DoB, address, etc)
2) Up to five choices of university/college
3) Academic qualifications (GCSE and AS results)
4) Personal statement
5) School reference
- Some students will be invited for interview.
- From the offers made, students accept a Firm offer and an Insurance offer. The Insurance offer should be lower than the Firm offer.
Some university offers are based on A level grades and some make an offer based on the UCAS tariff. A2 at grade A* is 56pts, A grade is 48 pts, B grade is 40pts, etc. AS levels are approximately 40% of the points of an A level.
- When results are published universities decide whether students have met the offer.
What are the deadlines?
15th January 2018 - UCAS dealine
24th March 2018 - Art and Design courses without a deadline of 15th January
4th May 2018 - Reply to offers (if all received by 31st March)
What is the personal statement?
This is the students’ opportunity to sell themselves and to convince an admissions tutor that they are suitable for and committed to an appropriate course of study.
Who writes the reference?
Sixth Form tutors write the reference using details provided by subject tutors and the students themselves, as well as their own knowledge of the students. References are started in June/July and are checked by senior staff before being sent to UCAS.
What happens on results day?
- Student gets the grades for their firm offer and is accepted.
- University accepts the student even though the grades for the firm offer were missed.
- Student gets grades for insurance offer and is accepted.
- Student is automatically entered for Clearing after missing offer grades.
- Decline offers and reapply next year.
Advice for students and parents
- Choose the right place to study
- Choose the right course for you
- Attend 3 or 4 Open Days (usually Wednesdays or Saturdays)
- Make sure you apply for one course requiring slightly lower grades than your first choice
- Work experience or a part time job relating to your chosen course could be useful
- Voluntary work developing transferable skills looks good on a personal statement
- Book a Connexions career guidance interview
Please visit the following websites for more information and guidance:
More useful course-specific links can be found in the dedicated Weblinks page
Direct Gov - University
Direct Gov - Student Finance Information
Student Loan Company website
The Telegraph - How To Make The Most of University Open Days
Hot Courses - Help choosing the right university course