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Computer Science UCAS Personal Statement

I want to apply to highly competitive unis for computer science next year. My main question is whether or not concepts I've learned from my work on the A Level Computer Science NEA programming project is worth mentioning on my PS, even briefly, as it is a compulsory part of the A level CS curriculum. And if it is worth mentioning, how many words should I aim to limit this part of my PS to?
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Original post by AnRaz1
I want to apply to highly competitive unis for computer science next year. My main question is whether or not concepts I've learned from my work on the A Level Computer Science NEA programming project is worth mentioning on my PS, even briefly, as it is a compulsory part of the A level CS curriculum. And if it is worth mentioning, how many words should I aim to limit this part of my PS to?

You could mention them if you're passionate about them. I would keep it brief though and focus on your supercurriculars.
Original post by AnRaz1
I want to apply to highly competitive unis for computer science next year. My main question is whether or not concepts I've learned from my work on the A Level Computer Science NEA programming project is worth mentioning on my PS, even briefly, as it is a compulsory part of the A level CS curriculum. And if it is worth mentioning, how many words should I aim to limit this part of my PS to?

Hey there,

It's fantastic to hear that you're considering applying to universities for computer science next year!

Firstly, it's definitely worth mentioning your NEA project in your personal statement, even if it's just briefly. The project is a compulsory part of the computer science curriculum, and it showcases your practical skills, problem-solving abilities, and passion for programming all of which are highly relevant and valuable for your university application.

When mentioning your NEA project in your personal statement, aim to keep it concise and focused. You don't need to go into excessive detail about the technical aspects of the project; instead, highlight key points such as the programming languages used, the problem you tackled, any innovative solutions or approaches you implemented, and the lessons you learned from the experience.

As for word count, I'd recommend dedicating around 50-100 words to discussing your project in your personal statement. This allows you to convey its significance without overshadowing other important aspects of your application.

Remember, your personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your passion, skills, and suitability for studying computer science at university. By briefly mentioning your NEA project and its relevance to your academic interests and aspirations, you can provide admissions tutors with valuable insights into your capabilities and commitment to the field.

Best of luck with your university applications I'm confident you'll succeed in securing a place at the university of your choice!

Best Regards,
Arslan University of Salford Student Representative

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