UCAS give top tips for writing a personal statement

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

3. Relate outside interests to the course

4. Think beyond university

5. Get the basics right

6. Don’t try to sound too clever

7. Take time and make it your best work

8. Don’t leave it until the last minute

9. Get a second opinion

10. Honesty is the best policy

Drama school students face 15% cut in higher education places

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.’