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How to Write a Personal Statement

The hardest thing about writing a personal statement is that hardly anyone really knows how it should be done, least of all the students who have to do the actual work of producing them. This guide will offer some pointers that should make the whole process less overwhelming. Before you do anything else you should […]

The Importance of Getting It Right

The UCAS system has several peculiarities. It is a system in which candidates are represented by their grades, their personal statements, and their references. Despite ever-increasing grade inflation, the primary determinant for admission is still candidates’ grades. In a world where A and A* grades are more and more common, it can be harder for […]

What Universities Are Looking For

Britain’s universities are amongst the best in the world, and they are therefore looking for prospective students of the highest quality. Most important of the things universities are looking for is, of course, grades. Exam results are the best objective marker of academic quality the universities have access to, and should be comparable nationally. Many […]

Does Anybody Actually Read Personal Statements?

The short answer is: yes. The longer answer is: yes, most of the time. Grades at AS level and GCSE, and predicted grades for A level, are easy ways to compare students from across the country quickly and fairly objectively, and universities therefore use these as the first determinant of acceptance or rejection. For universities […]

What Not to Do When You Write Your Personal Statement

The opening line is the most important of the personal statement, so it is crucial that it is engaging and tonally appropriate. More students slip up on the very first words of their personal statement than anywhere else, usually in an effort to be impressive. It is vital to avoid trying too hard: admissions tutors […]