Around 80% of the UCAS personal statement should be related to the course you wish to study.
- The personal statement should provide evidence of your enthusiasm for and interest in the course you have applied for.
- It should show how your independent wider reading or further study has informed your thinking about the subject. It is vital that you evaluate what you have learned from this.
Around 20% should be about extra-curricular activities and/or work experience.
- At Oxford no one is admitted because of their extra-curricular activities. However, other universities have different policies.
- If you have taken part in activities that are relevant to your course do mention them, and evaluate how they have informed your thinking. For non-relevant activities evaluate the skills that would be useful to university study.
- For most courses, work experience is not necessary, but it is particularly valuable for Medicine applicants.
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