Introduction to Personal Statements

Session Summary

This session has been designed to introduce students to personal statements and the reasons why they are needed in the university application process. Students will receive ‘top tips’ for writing personal statements and will be encouraged to make a start in planning and drafting their own.

Duration: 2hrs Maximum

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session students will:

  • Understand what a personal statement is and why it is needed
  • Improve self-awareness by reflecting on their own skills, experience, expertise and aspirations, and how these relate to their chosen university course
  • Begin to plan and draft their personal statement
  • Understand the ‘dos and don’ts’ of personal statement writing
  • Be able to identify and take responsibility for goals for future development

Resources Provided for the Facilitator (the person leading the session)

Facilitator Manual

‘Introduction to Personal Statements’ PowerPoint

‘Skills Bingo’ activity

‘Dos and Don’ts and overused statement starters' information sheet

‘Best Candidate for the Course’ activity which includes:

‘UCAS – Personal Statement Planning’ worksheet

Contact the team

Supplementary Schools Project
IntoUniversity Haringey North
Tower Gardens Park
Risley Avenue
N17 7ER


Call us on 0208 885 2048