As part of your UCAS Progress application, you'll need to complete a personal statement. This can be up to 8000 characters (including spaces) and is your opportunity to sell yourself to your prospective school, college, or training provider.
You should try to use the following guidelines to set out your Personal Statement and it is advisable you use the follow structure.
You can ask teachers and family members to help you and another excellent source of help and support will be Year 13 students in your tutor group, as many of these have been writing their own UCAS Personal Statements for university applications and so should now be quite expert at this!
Explain why you want to do your chosen course(s). For example, someone who wanted to work with animals might write “I would like to study a BTEC in Animal Care as I am passionate about looking after animals. I already look after two dogs and it will help me in my future career plans to be a veterinary nurse.”
You can write about anything you've read about the course(s) that you find interesting and would like to find out more about. E.g. “I am fascinated by the criminal justice system and so want to study law”
In this section, you can write about any experiences you have had that are related to the course(s), or any skills you've learnt that might help you. For example, if you have done any related volunteering or work experience, or if you have a part-time job such as babysitting, which shows more general strengths such as responsibility or commitment.
You can let the provider know how much you enjoy a subject by writing about a course you have already studied that you found really interesting or you were good at. For example “I have really enjoyed studying GCSE Business Studies and have now decided to choose this subject for A’ Level as I have found the Finance topics really interesting and now want to be an accountant”
Write about anything you have done that might help with your application.
Comment on your hobbies, interests, and anything you do socially.
Include details of placements, work experience, voluntary work, or jobs, especially if it is relevant to your chosen course(s).
Use this section to tell the provider what you might like to do in the future as a career after completing the course. Explain how you would like to use the course(s) you have applied for to help you reach your goal. E.g. “I am very determined to succeed at A Level Physics and Maths in order to achieve my lifetime dream of becoming an astronaut.”
Adapted by K.Abbott based on information from: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/16-18-choices/search-and-apply/writing-personal-statement