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The personal statement is an important part of your UCAS application. It is very much like a C.V. in that it is your chance to explain why you are the best person, in this case, to be offered a place at the university of your choice; on the course of your choice.
There are plenty of Websites that will advise and assist you but it is absolutely essential that you never, ever plagiarise. A personal statement is personal anyway so it is better written by you.
The UCAS form provides you with a section into which you can cut and paste your drafted, proof-read, spellchecked, word perfect final statement. There aren’t really any excuses for spelling mistakes.
Essentially the best advice I can give you is that the statement should include an opening paragraph that explains your interest in the course, how it will benefit you and why you might be the ideal student.
The second section could include transferable skills that you have developed, interests within the field of study that you have pursued, experiences that you have had and what you have learnt from them. You might include how university is just the next step towards a particular goal/job.
The final section could be more about you as a person, your personality, interests and hobbies – how these have developed you as a person or brought you to the point where applying for your chosen course is inevitable.
You should always ‘show’ not ‘tell’. Don’t state that you are a good team leader – illustrate your leadership skills in context.