How to Write a Personal Statement For University & Give a Great Interview

Learn how to write a brilliant personal statement for university and how to give a great interview to support your application for University.

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What does a university personal statement look like

Personal statements for university have a character limit of 4000 characters (about 500 words) and there’s a lot to include in that. It needs to be written by you, about you, and can include any skills, hobbies, interests or experiences you think are relevant to your application.

Typically it is split into about five paragraphs:

  1. What interests you about the subject? why have you chosen it?
  2. What experience do you have of the subject that isn’t already on your UCAS applications
  3. Work experience, placements and relevant activities at school.
  4. Interests outside school particularly those that show you are a reliable and responsible person.
  5. Your goal of attending university and a memorable closing moment.


Top tips for your university personal statement

  • Read some examples online.
  • Proofread it yourself and ask others to check it for you.
  • Use a ‘professional’ email address.
  • Keep it positive and enthusiastic.
  • Use a strong opening and closing sentence.
  • Avoid jokes, quotes and humour.


How to give a great university application interview

Each course has their own requirements – make sure you do your research on your application process.

Here’s Sharon from our Admissions team (who’s been interviewing our new students for more than 10 years) with her top tips on giving a great interview.