Getting things to put on personal statement

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I'm in Y12 right now, currently doing 3 A levels, and I want to have a solid personal statement (since atm there isn't much to put on)

1. What sort of things could I do to build a better personal statement? What looks especially good on it?

2. (similar to the above) I have considered whether I should do a week of volunteering just for my personal statement (although it does not sound particularly appealing to me...) What sorts of volunteering are there, and should I do so? Or are there alternatives which are better? (note: my school does compulsory work experience, which I have sorted out already)

3. Apart from grades and the personal statement, what things do top universities look for when considering your application?

[edit] 4. I assume that, for most universities, there are more people who meet the grade requirements and are applying over the amount of spaces available. I assume this is where the personal statement and reference weeds some of them out? Does this mean you can get rejected even if you meet the grade requirements, and if so, what is the likelihood of this happening?
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I think you should do as much thing related to the course the you want to take as possible so will be able to about about what you learnt from it and they'll will see that you did some research and you're quite aware of the pros and cons.

Likewise, you should do anything that will help develop new skills and improve the ones you already had.

Also, if you can't find any placement for the work experience, you can always do the online ones.
Bear in mind that some university look at your UCAS score/ GCSEs and barely at your personal statement. So firstly, make sure you meet their entry requirements or better.
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3. Apart from grades and the personal statement, what things do top universities look for when considering your application?
The reference (typically from your school/college).

In fact, unless you're applying for one of the few universities or courses which do interviews or assessments (like the BMAT), then all the universities have access to are your:

1. subjects/grades (predicted or actual, for current and past qualifications),
2. personal statement, and
3. reference.

(Actually, they will also take contextual information into account, if that applies.)
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I think you should do as much thing related to the course the you want to take as possible so will be able to about about what you learnt from it and they'll will see that you did some research and you're quite aware of the pros and cons.

Likewise, you should do anything that will help develop new skills and improve the ones you already had.

Also, if you can't find any placement for the work experience, you can always do the online ones.
Bear in mind that some university look at your UCAS score/ GCSEs and barely at your personal statement. So firstly, make sure you meet their entry requirements or better.
Thanks for the reply!

I actually have found a placement for the work experience, so I don't need to worry about that

I would have assumed the personal statement makes quite a significant impact, considering loads of people can get similarly high grades - more than they can take in, making the personal statement the only distinguishing factor? (note: I am doing 3 A-levels right now, and have 1 native language A-level already)
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I'm in Y12 right now, currently doing 3 A levels, and I want to have a solid personal statement (since atm there isn't much to put on)

1. What sort of things could I do to build a better personal statement? What looks especially good on it?

Best to do extra reading/watch lectures etc

2. (similar to the above) I have considered whether I should do a week of volunteering just for my personal statement (although it does not sound particularly appealing to me...) What sorts of volunteering are there, and should I do so? Or are there alternatives which are better? (note: my school does compulsory work experience, which I have sorted out already)

It's not necessary for academic courses - refer to number 1 above

3. Apart from grades and the personal statement, what things do top universities look for when considering your application?

Grades and subjects, PS, reference, GCSE grades - it really depends

[edit] 4. I assume that, for most universities, there are more people who meet the grade requirements and are applying over the amount of spaces available. I assume this is where the personal statement and reference weeds some of them out? Does this mean you can get rejected even if you meet the grade requirements, and if so, what is the likelihood of this happening?

You can do, but the likelihood will depend on the course and the uni - there's no way to know for sure
See above
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