How important is your personal statement as part of your UCAS application?

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lamosley
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I'm very conflicted towards how good my personal statement is, since different people have said different things about it and I've compared it some of the others that I've read, and I don't think it's as eloquently written as them, which is kind of problematic when I want to apply for English Language and Literature.

I was just wondering how important my personal statement would be in the application, for instance, is it going to prevent me getting offers if it isn't as well articulated as some others.

My AS grades are AAAB and I'm thinking of applying to some Russell Group universities such as Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham.
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(Original post by lamosley)
I'm very conflicted towards how good my personal statement is, since different people have said different things about it and I've compared it some of the others that I've read, and I don't think it's as eloquently written as them, which is kind of problematic when I want to apply for English Language and Literature.

I was just wondering how important my personal statement would be in the application, for instance, is it going to prevent me getting offers if it isn't as well articulated as some others.

My AS grades are AAAB and I'm thinking of applying to some Russell Group universities such as Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham.
It completely depends on the course and the university. I've seen universities and courses that don't seem to care much about it at all, and universities and courses that seem to care quite a lot. I don't know what Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham's English departments think about it but I do remember reading an admissions statement from Bristol's English department where there's a 70/30 split between your personal statement and grades when you apply so for them, the personal statement is extremely important. I don't know to what extent other universities care about it but I'd have thought it'd be more important for a subject like English than a science subject, for instance. Having said that, the contents of your personal statement is more important than how well it reads. The most important thing is that you've explained why you want to study the subject and why you're a good candidate for the subjects (rather than reeling off a list of irrelevant extracurriculars).
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Personal statements are really important! Make sure all your points are developed and you've backed up any facts or skills you claim to have with evidence! Lots of it!! And as long as it's easy to read and you come across as a well rounded person with a passion for the course (although don't use the word passion, it is overused) and like I said EVIDENCE EVIDENCE EVIDENCE, they won't care that much about how eloquent you are. If you try to be it may come across as fake and unlike you. Just be you
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Personal statements are really important! Make sure all your points are developed and you've backed up any facts or skills you claim to have with evidence! Lots of it!! And as long as it's easy to read and you come across as a well rounded person with a passion for the course (although don't use the word passion, it is overused) and like I said EVIDENCE EVIDENCE EVIDENCE, they won't care that much about how eloquent you are. If you try to be it may come across as fake and unlike you. Just be you
Well rounded isn't really that important tbh.

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