The UCAS Personal Statement is an important part of the undergraduate UCAS application. It could be the difference between you getting a place at the University of Stirling, and not. With that in mind, we’ve got you covered with this short and sweet guide to writing your UCAS Personal Statement.

What is a UCAS Personal Statement?

It’s exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a written statement by you that describes your motivations for applying, your future ambitions (what you want to do), plus any relevant skills and experience. You can write up to 4000 characters of text – roughly a page and a bit of A4 in old speak –to convince us that you’d make a great Stirling student.

What should I write about?

There isn’t a standard format – it’s your statement, so write it in your own words. But you should definitely include sections on:

  • why you’ve chosen your course
  • why you think this course is right for you
  • what would make you a good student at Stirling
  • your long term career plans, and why you’d like to work in your chosen area
  • any relevant work experience, knowledge or skills relevant to your course
  • your hobbies and interests

Have a friend or teacher do a quick sense check and proof read, just to make sure your UCAS Personal Statement’s as good as you can make it.

A young person holding an old film camera.

Tell us about your hobbies – but don’t waffle.

What should I leave out?

Your Personal Statement is all about you and what you’re about – and it’s important to get straight to the point, and cut the waffle. You don’t need to include:

  • clichés and overused quotes
  • mistakes and factual inaccuracies
  • anything copy and pasted from elsewhere
  • negativity – be positive about your future and why you want to study at Stirling
  • anything irrelevant
  • humour – banter won’t get you into Stirling, unfortunately!
  • repetition

You’ve only got 4000 characters to sell yourself to us, so make it count. Be objective and straight to the point.

Write a list, get straight to the point

How do I get started?

We’ve all been there. You sit down to start a piece of work and writer’s block kicks in – and then procrastination. Don’t procrastinate.

Start by breaking down your UCAS Personal Statement into sections (make a list) so that you’re taking on smaller chunks of content. If it helps, draw up a mind map of everything you want to cover.

Don’t waste time looking up profound quotes or anecdotes. Cut to the chase and tell us why you’re applying. Check out the UCAS Personal Statement tool for some inspiration and guidance.

What next?

Want to chat to someone about your application to the University of Stirling? Speak to our Admissions team.


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