Personal Statement

UCAS Personal Statement

Filling in Your Personal Statement 

Most University applicants have not had to write a personal statement before, so we have put this guide together to help students and teachers.

Universities use personal statements to compare applicants. A personal statement is your chance to show how enthusiastic and suitable you are, so try to make yours stand out.

We look for applicants who demonstrate depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for their chosen subject Registrar, University of Lincoln

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Remember it's the same personal statement for all courses you apply to. Avoid mentioning universities or colleges by name, and ideally choose similar subjects. If they're varied then write about common themes – like problem solving or creativity.

Plan when you need to start – download the Personal Statement Timeline (PDF) here.

Ask yourself questions in order to decide what information to include:

  • Why are you applying?
  • What makes you suitable?
  • Which of your skills and experiences are most relevant?

Have a look at the UCAS personal statement mind map (PDF) for more ideas, or use our printable Personal Statement Worksheet (PDF) 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.


Hints and Tips

  1. Do not be tempted to copy anyone else's statement, your personal statement should be all your own work. All statements are screened by UCAS using Copycatch software.
  2. You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines).
  3. Write your statement first and then copy and paste into your online application. Our Personal Statement Worksheet (PDF) will help you to formulate your statement.
  4. Check your grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  5. Save regularly.
  6. Get someone else to proof read it.