Personal Statement Guidance
Some useful hints and tips about how to write a personal statement
Included in the application form is a section called Personal Statement. This field is not mandatory but you might want to tell us, in your own words, a bit about yourself if you feel it will support your application.
We recommend that you prepare what you want to include in advance, then simply paste it into the application form. This will allow you to use a spell-checker and avoid the page timing out if it takes more than 20 minutes to enter your statement.
Your personal statement is your chance to show what makes you unique.
There are lots of different things you need to consider when writing a personal statement. Here are some of our top tips on what to include.
Your choice of course
Think about why you are applying for your chosen course – why does this subject interest you?
Why do you think you’re suitable for the course – do your current or previous studies relate to the course that you have chosen or have you taken part in any other activities that demonstrate your interest in the course?
Think about any additional skills you might have that could relate to the course and attributes that make you interesting, special or unique:
- Are you creative or have a hidden talent – play a musical instrument, take part in sports, enjoy musical theatre, draw or paint, enjoy writing, or take photographs in your spare time?
- Are you a practical person, do you enjoy making stuff, cooking or baking things – give examples?
- Do you have managerial skills – do you organise or look after any groups, control a budget or look after staff or finances?
- Are you compassionate – are you a carer for someone? Have you ever raised money for a charity?
- Are you multi-lingual – if you speak more than one language this should definitely be included!
- Are you inquisitive – do you enjoy finding out about things – how they work, enjoy reading historical or political novels or searching the web?
Remember and include any other achievements you’re proud of, positions of responsibility that you hold or have held both in and out of school.
Also include details of jobs, placements, work experience or voluntary work, particularly if it’s relevant to your chosen course. Try to link any experience to skills or qualities related to the course.
And finally, if you know what you’d like to do after completing the course – whether it’s to university or employment, explain how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If still in school, your guidance teacher or careers adviser will also be able to provide you with some help and advice.
Aberdeen City Campus Student Advice Centre
Telephone: 01224 612284
Fraserburgh Campus Student Services
Telephone: 01346 586129