The personal statement is a pivotal part of your UCAS application and the section that applicants agonise over the most. Admissions tutors will see hundreds of personal statements for one course alone, so how can you make yours stand out from the crowd? Uniquely written in direct collaboration with universities, this bestselling guide provides current and accurate insider information on what admissions tutors are really looking for. Helping you to make informed choices and positive applications, it is packed full of vital tips on: * How to tailor the perfect personal statement for your chosen course, with a collection of subject-specific chapters * The best way to showcase your skills * Which classic mistakes you MUST avoid * What an ideal personal statement looks like - and how to write one Fully updated to reflect the latest admissions procedures, this is a must-read for anyone wanting to write a winning UCAS personal statement and land a place on their dream course.
Ian Stannard is a careers adviser with a wealth of experience of guiding applicants through the UCAS process. He is the former Head of Careers and Higher Education at Christ's Hospital school, Sussex.
PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PART ONE THE PROCESS, A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE Introduction Chapter One No short cuts: first do your research! Chapter Two Why go to university in the first place? Chapter Three What course to study and where? Chapter Four Your personal statement: getting started Chapter Five How to avoid a poor personal statement Chapter Six The first section: your choice of subject Chapter Seven The second section: the subjects you are currently studying Chapter Eight The third section: your extra-curricular interests and achievements Chapter Nine The final polish Chapter Ten How to apply to music conservatoires Chapter Eleven Answers to frequently asked questions PART TWO ACADEMIC PROFILES Accounting; American studies; Archaeology and anthropology; Biological sciences; Business, Banking, Management and Actuarial science; Classics; Computer science; Drama and theatre studies; Engineering (civil); English; Environmental science; Fine art and art foundation; Geography; Geology; History; History of Art; Journalism; Law; Mathematics; Medicine; Midwifery; Modern languages; Music; Nursing; Oceanography; Performing arts; Philosophy; Physics; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Psychology; Sports and exercise science; Theatre and performance design and technology; Tourism management; Veterinary science PART THREE FURTHER INFORMATION What should I study guides; Good university guides; Alternative prospectuses; General guides to subjects and course requirements; Applications overseas; Other guides