UCAS have released their top tips for writing a personal statement. The advice comes as the application deadline to apply for higher education approaches. Sunday 15th January is the last day to apply to college or university for 2012.
Adviser Ross Sanger said: ‘My major tip is to show your ambitions and desires for wanting to do the course. Put across your passion in as much detail as possible. At the end of the day, you need to be doing something that you really like.’
The personal statement is the one of the trickiest parts of the application process. Visit http://www.ucas.com for more information.
UCAS’s top ten tips for writing a personal statement
1. Express interest in the subject and show real passion
2. Strong opening line to grab the reader’s attention
UCAS are hosting a series of applicants blogs on their website. They follow students’ journeys into higher education. A cross-section of young people are documenting the process of applying to university.
A selection of UK and international students are sharing their experiences of everything from writing personal statements, keeping on top of application deadlines, to trying not to procrastinate!
UCAS Online Experience Officer Giles Ursell explains: ‘The blog page has been devised to allow UCAS applicants the opportunity to read and follow the experience of others in the same position as themselves. We hope the blogs allow applicants to share their experience, engage with each other and help each other through the application process.’
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) has warned applicants could face a cut of 15% in students accepted onto drama school courses, if government plans are to go ahead.
The government plans for there to be more competition in higher education. They propose that universities should compete for students who receive AAB and above at A level. This would affect the number of places given on the basis of auditions rather than qualifications.
CDD has raised its concerns in response to the governments plans, ‘because the conservatoire recruits on talent and potential rather than on formal qualifications, its AAB+ population will vary considerably year on year.’
If government plans do go ahead it could mean 15% fewer places for UK and EU students applying for drama school places. CDD maintains that they will strive to, ‘continue competing with the best in the world in the UK national interest, and to provide access to this training on the basis of talent alone.’