Your Guide to Personal Statements
What is a personal statement?
A personal statement is a short testimonial, composed by you, which provides us with more information about you than just a list of your qualifications and work experience.
How long should my personal statement be?
Personal statements should be no less than 500 words,up to a maximum of 1000 words, or two A4 pages in standard font.
What should I say in my personal statement?
Your personal statement is personal to you and intended to reflect your own situation. However, there are certain areas that we need you to cover.
What are your motivations for your chosen studies?
In this section you should address the following questions and areas;
* If the time between your last course and your chosen course is more than six months, we will expect you to have been doing something useful since then. This might include voluntary work, a paid job or short academic courses. If you were previously unsuccessful in your studies, we will need you to explain why this was and why you will be able to perform better with us.
Why are you the right person for this course?
This is your chance to demonstrate that you would be student for the course.
Also in this section, you could tell us about your hobbies, school/ college, any relevant work experience, and anything you think might be helpful in showing us that you are a knowledgeable student.
Tips on Writing Personal Statements: Do’s and Don’ts
There are several ways to write a personal statement. Again, it is up to you, but remember: