Should my Oxbridge personal statement say why I'm applying to a course and college?

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In my Oxbridge personal statement, is it sensible to explain why I chose a certain course and college?

Regarding the course, Oxford say on their site that they want "A personal statement where you tell us why you are interested in your chosen course."

So can I write that I chose the course because I want to do a certain module, or eventually do a dissertation under a certain tutor? Asking because (a) I have never seen a sample personal statement on the web that does this; (b) UCAS say that statements should not mention course by name (though I guess this isn't relevant for Oxbridge statements); (c) it takes up space I could otherwise use showing more of my academic interests.

Likewise, can I mention why I want to go to a particular college, e.g. because it seemed very friendly (non-academic reason), or because I want to be taught by one of its tutors (academic reason)?
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In my Oxbridge personal statement, is it sensible to explain why I chose a certain course and college?

Regarding the course, Oxford say on their site that they want "A personal statement where you tell us why you are interested in your chosen course."

So can I write that I chose the course because I want to do a certain module, or eventually do a dissertation under a certain tutor? Asking because (a) I have never seen a sample personal statement on the web that does this; (b) UCAS say that statements should not mention course by name (though I guess this isn't relevant for Oxbridge statements); (c) it takes up space I could otherwise use showing more of my academic interests.

Likewise, can I mention why I want to go to a particular college, e.g. because it seemed very friendly (non-academic reason), or because I want to be taught by one of its tutors (academic reason)?
No you shouldn't - it should focus on your choice of degree as it's going to be read by all the universities you apply to.
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Course, yes. College, no.
I would not make it that specific to a university (e.g. a named module) - there’s no guarantee they’ll keep offering it anyway.
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You should completely not mention the college. If I'm right in my understanding, then this is the statement that goes out to every university you apply for.
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No you shouldn't - it should focus on your choice of degree as it's going to be read by all the universities you apply to.
I'm confused about whether "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one. For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean that this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
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I'm confused about whether "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one. For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean that this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
You do not get a separate PS for oxbridge - they mean an “oxbridge-standard” PS or one more focused on academic interest/supercurricular than extracurricular. Cambridge does have the SAQ but that is about academics not college, AFAIK.
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You should completely not mention the college. If I'm right in my understanding, then this is the statement that goes out to every university you apply for.
That's one thing confusing me. Does "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one? For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
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Don't talk about the college you've applied to. They don't care.

As for the course, the personal statement needs to be about the subject you're applying for, not the specific course. Do not make the personal statement specific to Oxford. You're submitting the same personal statement to all the universities you apply to. For instance, I applied to Cambridge for biological natural sciences. The natsci course at Cambridge is different to the standard biology courses that I applied to at other universities. My personal statement was completely focused on biology as a whole, and although I did pick up on a few topics that I enjoy (e.g. "I'm interested in cell biology, so I read this book about cells") it definitely wasn't tailored to the Cambridge course.

It must have been an okay personal statement because I'm starting Cambridge in 10 days.
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That's one thing confusing me. Does "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one? For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
Read what @becausethenight said
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I'm confused about whether "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one. For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean that this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
There is ONE Personal statement - talk to your school as I would have thought you'd have written a draft by now
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That's one thing confusing me. Does "Oxbridge personal statement" means a different statement to the normal one? For example, MyTutor.com has a page saying "What is the difference between an Oxbridge personal statement and a normal one?". Studential has a page titled "How To Write An Oxbridge Personal Statement", which starts "Writing your Oxbridge personal statement?"

So do they mean this is a -different- statement to the UCAS one? Because then it will be seen only by Oxbridge, and it would be OK to mention their courses in it. Or do they just mean it's a UCAS statement but written to a high standard?
They send the same one to all universities so the latter.
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Read what @becausethenight said
Yes, you're right. Thanks. I picked up the phrase "Oxbridge personal statement", and thought I'd better check.
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There is ONE Personal statement - talk to your school as I would have thought you'd have written a draft by now
Yes, thanks. That's what I thought until I saw that phrase "Oxbridge personal statement". Just doing a reality check to make sure I'd not missed something vital.
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Yes, thanks. That's what I thought until I saw that phrase "Oxbridge personal statement". Just doing a reality check to make sure I'd not missed something vital.
I would have thought your school would have given you guidance before the summer on your PS.
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could you share your Personal statement?
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could you share your Personal statement?
Please do NOT share personal statements on public forums. It means that it will trigger UCAS plagiarism detection and you may be unable to apply to university.
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Please do NOT share personal statements on public forums. It means that it will trigger UCAS plagiarism detection and you may be unable to apply to university.
can he/she inbox?
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can he/she inbox?
Would still not be allowed on here or reccomended, as you are strangers, and they have no guarantee you will not share it!
While I am sure you are lovely, not everyone is
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