Applying for university can be an overwhelming time. We spend the summer term of Year 12 helping prepare the students for their cycle of UCAS applications. Strategies used to support the process include:
- Pathways days where University representatives and Apprenticeship providers come to school to give students a talk on what University and apprenticeships are all about
- Sessions on how to write an effective personal statement
- Trips to local universities to sample lectures, what the city has to offer and more.
Students are heavily supported through this process by their form tutors and the Sixth Form leadership team. They are equipped with the following information to help them through.
Students also have access to our school based careers team and are able to make an appointment any time to talk through potential future plans. Our careers team consists of Anne Connor and Paula Owens.
The Which? University website has lots of very useful information including:
- subject guides for each course to help you make your personal statement as relevant to your subject as possible.
- videos from university tutors explaining what they want to see in your personal statement.
The UCAS website has a mini-site all about personal statements here
The Student Room website has a section on personal statements with great tips and some frequently asked questions. It also links to a personal statement builder, which helps you to put the main building blocks of your personal statement together.
Studential.com has examples of good, bad and ugly personal statements on this website and it is a good resource if you’re looking for somewhere to start.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES COPY ANY PART OF A PERSONAL STATEMENT.
UCAS screen all personal statements using similarity detection software called ‘Copycatch’. Any similarities found in your personal statement will mean it is flagged and an alert will be sent to you and the universities you have applied to. They will not offer you a place on a course if they believe your personal statement has been copied.