Guidelines on how to write a good personal statement
Aim to craft an excellent personal statement, because this is your chance to show an admissions committee that you are the ideal candidate for them to teach on their course.
Treat the personal statement as you would an important piece of academic work. Don’t jump in with both feet first — take time to brainstorm ideas (try Googling “mind-mapping” and “spider diagram” techniques) and think carefully about the content and structure.
Remember that, first and foremost, this is an application for a course of study. So, aim to focus at least two-thirds of your 47-line (4,000-character) statement on your academic motivations and interests. Show that you understand the subject and a genuine interest in it.
You will be expected to show that you have gained sufficient work experience or career knowledge through, for example, work shadowing, observations, taster days or networking with professionals.
Your personal statement should focus not just on what you did but on a reflection of what you learned about the career and the skills that it requires.
The first impression counts the most. Creating an original and engaging start to your statement will help to hold the reader’s interest throughout. Be positive. Even if selling yourself is a skill that you are not comfortable with, now is the time to embrace it.
Keep your language clear, concise and honest. Your personal statement should sound as though it’s coming from you, not a thesaurus.
Make it personal. Your statement should not sound generic. It should pull together all the motivations, interests and experiences that make you unique as a person.
Be prepared to write several drafts before you have a final version that you are happy with.
Here are two samples of a personal statement. Please don’t copy them as Plagiarism Checker software will pick this up. Please use these examples as a guideline only.