Writing Your Personal Statement

When completing your profile, you will be asked to complete a personal statement. The screen below is where you will write your personal statement. This section aims to provide you with some tips and guidance on how to write your personal statement.

Personal Statement Screenshot

What is a personal statement? 

A personal statement is a piece of writing that supports an application form. It is used when applying for your post-16 options, as well as, to university and generally applying for an apprenticeship or job. 

It's a chance for you to explain why you'd like to study a particular course or subject, and what skills and experience you have that show your passion or interest in a particular area. 

It gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and showcase why you are the right fit for a course or vacancy. A good personal statement can increase your chances of success onto a course or getting an apprenticeship or job.

What should you include?

What you are currently doing. Talk about the subjects you are studying, which ones are your favourite and why. 

What are you interested in doing and why. Talk about what area you are planning to study further and why you want to do this, future ambitions or aspirations. 

What skills and experience you have/you would like to gain that relate to the course(s) you are applying for

Tips

  • Write your personal statement on a word document. Once you have your final draft, then copy and paste into the applicatiom itself. 
  • Get someone to proofread a draft of your statement before you upload it checking for spelling, grammar and strcuture. 
  • Your personal statement is an opportunity to sell yourself - be proud of things you have done and showcase it.

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