Personal Statement

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Where to start Most applicants haven't had to write a personal statement before, so we've got plenty of advice to help. First of all plan when you need to start researching and writing – download the personal statement timeline in the related documents. Then ask yourself questions like the ones below to decide what information to include. Have a look at our personal statement mind map for more ideas, or use our personal statement worksheet to write down answers to these questions and more. You can only submit one personal statement and this cannot be changed after your application has been sent to us. Related documents Personal statement mind map (pdf) (2040.8KB) Personal statement timeline (pdf) (961.2KB) Personal statement worksheet (pdf) (137.1KB) 1. Why are you applying? For example why you want to study at higher education level. Why that subject interests you. What your ambitions are when you finish your course. 2. What makes you suitable? Skills, knowledge, achievements and experience you have that will help you do well. These could be from education, employment or work experience, or from hobbies, interests and social activities. Take a look at the activities on the Planning your future page to see some of the things it could be useful to mention. 3. Which of your skills and experiences are most relevant? Check course listings to see what level of understanding you need to have and what qualifications or skills they're looking for. This way you can link your experiences to the skills and qualities they mention, and you can put them into a structure that's most relevant to the course

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