Writing your UCAS personal statement
What SRUC is looking for
Your UCAS personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, why you want to study the course you have applied for, and why we should offer you a place.
Our admissions officers will want to know:
- Why you are interested in your chosen course.
- What you hope to do after you have finished your studies.
You must be truthful and accurate in what you write. It is up to you how you write your statement, but we would hope that you would answer or address some of the following points:
- Why you have chosen the course?
- What interests you about the subject you have chosen?
- Have read about your chosen subject? If so, what?
- What are your career and future plans?
- What job, work experience, placement or voluntary work you have done? This is especially important if it relevant to the subject you have chosen. Providing us with skills and experiences you have gained from these activities is always useful. If you have not done any relevant work experience, don't worry, just tell us what other things you have done.
- Have you been involved in any widening participation schemes such as summer schools or mentoring activities? For example, you may have been a "buddy" or helped your school at induction days.
- Were you/are you a school prefect?
- Have you applied for any sponsorships or placements? If yes, please provide us with some more information.
- What are your social, sports or leisure interests? For example, do you belong to your local Young Farmers (list any positions of responsibility), are you a member of a football team etc.
- If you are planning to take a year out, please tell us why. It would also be useful if you could tell us what you plan to do in your year out.
- If you are a mature student you should provide us with any relevant work experience, paid or unpaid, and information about your current or most recent employment.