What is a personal statement?
As part of the university application, your child will need to submit a personal statement. This is a showcase of why they would make a great student and must not go over about 500 words. Your child can only submit one personal statement but can apply for up to five universities.
What should be included?
The personal statement is an opportunity for your child to provide the admission tutor with an insight into what they are like as an individual and why they are the right fit at their university.
Your child’s passion for wanting to study their chosen degree;
What they’ve done to develop their skills in this subject inside and outside of the curriculum;
Their interests and hobbies and how these link to their course;
Any relevant experience;
What makes them unique – things they do hobbies, sports, travelling that tell a lot about their personality.
A personal statement is a key part of the application for applicants at Bolton University so we would recommend getting started on it earlier to give you the best chance of handing in a strong answer.
A good way to approach the personal statement is to break it into different chunks. This will make it less daunting and helps give your answer structure. Try using mind-maps, notes, spider diagrams to form the basis of your plan and paragraphs. Also do a few different drafts - no first draft is expected to be perfect.
Lots of colleges will help students by setting their own deadlines and help improve personal statements with the students. It is important to stick to these dates then you don't end up stressed and lacking time to make improvements.
Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.
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