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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds When you apply for university, your personal statement is your chance to show yourself and personalise your application. A personal statement is normally 47 lines in UCAS, or 4,000 characters. A personal statement has two main parts. The first part is about 70%. This is where you talk about the course you have chosen. You explain why you chose the course and what you have to study on this course in terms of study background and experience in the past. And the second part, which is 30%, is actually about yourself, where you talk about your hobbies, your awards you have had, and the societies and clubs you are on, or you’ve joined in the past.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds A personal statement has to be very, very accurate. It has to be proofread, grammatically OK. It has to be concise. Give it to somebody who can proofread it for you, can give you feedback on the personal statement and make sure that you have about five paragraphs in the statement itself. And make sure that you redraft it a few times till you make sure that it is OK, because that is the most important part of your application.

Thinking about your Personal Statement (UCAS) - what are universities looking for?

In the video, Zak talked about personal statements. This is an important part of your application. Think about your own application and make notes about the things that Zak said were important.

• Interest in subject

• Reasons for doing the course (How does it help you achieve your goals?)

• Academic achievement

• Non-academic achievement (transferable skills)

• Evidence of critical thinking

Task: Think about things that you could use to show evidence for each of these and add your comments below.

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