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University Application Personal Statement | Master Your UCAS Application for Uni

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10 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. UCAS Application - Introduction

    • 2. Predicted Grades Explained & Tips for improving them

    • 3. How to Choose the Right Course at University

    • 4. University & the UCAS Journey Explained

    • 5. Step by Step Explanation of the UCAS Application Form

    • 6. Conclusion & Summary

    • 7. Personal Statement Example Business Studies

    • 8. Personal Statement Example Music, Theatre and the Arts

    • 9. Personal Statement Example: Economics

    • 10. Personal Statement Example PPE Cambridge University

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About This Class

Welcome to the UCAS personal statement masterclass! 

My name is Richard Riddell & for the last 12 years i've been getting hundreds of students into university. Writing a personal statement is hard work; it's not something that you do on a daily basis (I do!) - most of us find it difficult to 'show-off' our skills and it's also quite difficult to be self reflective. 

In this video series i'll help you to craft a statement that will help you stand out by using my own straightforward process  that is used up and down the country in schools and by thousands of students that are hoping to go to university.

There's two main parts to this video workshop. The first part will help you to complete the actual application form on the UCAS website & i'll show you how to complete it correctly by looking at each of the sections. I'll suggest what you should and should not include.

The second part will look at the actual personal statement. This (apart from the grades that you get will determine whether your first choice university accept you) and is the area that most struggle with. I'll share with you what to include and what not to include. 

I hope that you enjoy these videos - let me know if I can add any other content to help you all. Please do share your comments and notes with the rest of the class. 

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Richard Riddell

Learning | Productivity Expert | Teacher


I've been a learning coach since 2007 when I graduated top of my PGCE class from the university of London (IOE). During that time I became fascinated with experiential learning, learning profiles and memory techniques. 

Since I graduated i've spent my career training teachers and students in methods & techniques that improve learning. With a friend I created my own 4 R's profiling which you'll find about more in these videos.   These methods are based upon academic research of academic and current practices all over the world. Think of these videos as the 'one-stop shop' for your learning, productivity and learning strategies. If you're preparing for a test/exam then start here. Come back after a while just to check you are on track to the success that you're a... See full profile

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1. UCAS Application - Introduction: Hi friends, My name is Richard Ellis. The last 12 years I've been helping students with their personal stuff and forth. Now what that means is I help students in England to get in to the right university for them. What I've done here, a on the Skillshare course is to basically devise a course. There'll be split into two parts. The first part, we'll look at everything you need to do in order to click Submit on your UCAS application form. And then the second part of this master class is going to look at all of the things you need to make sure you fully understand before you go to university. Now, the first part will be split into different modules and it's up to you which ones of those you watch, some of them went you relevant to you if you're studying or applying for Oxbridge or if you're studying or applying for medicine. Now, the first part of this course we'll look at the UCAS application form. So that's not the personal statement. We'll look at that separately and have a lot of videos and content around what to include and the personal statement and then what not to include. But then the first part of this course is also going to be looking at choosing the right university for you. Now. Not every, but he's going to want to go to university in a city or in the countryside. So it helped me to unpick and to reflect on what might be good for you guys. Some of you might want to be live closer to home for various reasons now. So I hope that this course is really useful. And as always, you'll find all of the resources just below and please do share those with the rest of the class. So they can also reflect on your experiences as we go through this course together, guys reach out to me, drop me a message, leave feedback on here so I can improve it to help you guys get into the right university. And as I said at the start, I've been with us for quite long time. So there's nothing that I haven't yet seen and there's no universities that I haven't helped students get into. So I hope that I can help share my expertise and influence with you guys over the course of these videos, look forward to seeing you guys on the next one where we'll look at how to choose the right university for yourself. 2. Predicted Grades Explained & Tips for improving them: Hey guys, hope you really well. I've just been looking at the stats for my most watched videos. And one of the most watched video is about the Eucharist personal statements, which can also be quite surprised because I thought scores will give you guys lots of help around that. So looking at what you need to write and include, especially it comes to the personal statement. I've got a couple of tips now, when it comes to getting the predicted grades, do you need from school? Well, we've noticed over the last couple of years that actually because the exams didn't go ahead, the emphasis was put back on to the teachers. So the teachers were able to predict the grades that they thought you're going to get. And actually the last summer, that was the great they are given now obviously micrographs been sacked. So I think there's gonna be called a change in the education department in the government. But if you're applying to university this year and are concerned about your predicted grades, then this is the video for you. So I often get asked how do I ramp up or how do I increase my grades? What do I have to do to get higher grades? Because I'm capable or I think which means you're you think you're capable of getting high grades. Now, if you're applying to one of the top Russell Group universities, often the last fair AAB or even higher grade. So you guys need to make sure that they're on your personal statement that gets submitted to the university, that those are the minimum grade you get because if you don't, you'll be rejected pretty quickly. So if you need grades of AAB or BBB to get into university, there's a few things you can do to make sure you stand a better chance of getting those grades or at least getting an offer. Because then the day what already saved the students that come to me is that it's up to you to make sure that you put the work in to get those grades at the end of it. But actually, if you don't get the predicted grades, then you won't even get an offer. So the first thing you need to do, I've got a couple of ways in which you can bump up or increase your predicted grades. If you remember back to a video last year, we talked about the accuracy around predicted grades. I was quite stunned that about 80 percent of predicted grades are completely wrong now, that means that teachers often underpredict the grade. And there was a research done by a top universe that looked into that. So my, my feeling around this hasn't changed for quite a long time. I don't think we should be using predicted grades. I don't think they're accurate enough. I think we should be using grades that you get like you do in most other European countries, you should be going to university with actual grades, not predicted, predicted grades than waiting till results day. So four things you guys can do to bump up your predicted reasonable one which might work for some teachers if you give them loans, money to bribe them, give them some chocolate. Now, don't think it will also work for most teachers. Number two, you can actually ask them, What do I need to do to demonstrate to you that I am capable of getting high grades than you think I am now. Quite a few teachers will underpredict because for whatever reason they believe, now, going back to the 80% of teachers get to the grade wrong, the teacher to believe that you're not capable of getting great. Now, overtime, we talked about a lot in previous videos. Your performance will improve. Your performance will improve the narrow you get to exam. If you're asking your teachers, what grades do you think? I will get if I go into the exam now? And they turn around and say, Well, you probably capable of a C? Well, that means in six or nine months time, That's C grade should be a B, or an a, or even an a star and a qualified teacher. I've been doing this for a long time. I've seen plenty of students go from U to a, C to a. B to a is more than possible for you to jump 12 or three grades with enough work. So any teacher that tells you not capable of improving the upgrade you get now to the summer. Doesn't know anything about compounding and the fact that over time things get better. Now, you might be in a bit of a rut if you hit that brick wall, your teacher says to, do you know what, you're not capable of getting a higher grade them and I've given you so Turner, I walk out the door and don't come back. So if they say that there's one or two other things you can try. You could suggest that you do an extra exam to prove to them that if I'm at this grade now, then with the effects of compounding, which is the the company was like looking at the benefits that you're going to get. So if you get, how do I best explained in compounding? Compounding is a bit like a curve that goes like this. This is a pretty pad example. But if you think of a curve, a curve will go like that. It often applies to economics and you look at the benefits of investing something and then you, because you gain the interest, you gain the benefit of what you've invested previously and that will build up over time. It's the earlier of compounding is you build up the benefits that you've got over time. Because if you go into an exam today, the chance that you're doing well are not as high as what they will be in six months time. Imagine sitting at eye level of paper now or a GC paper now. You are probably better in six months time because you've learned more stuff at school and you would have studied a bit more and you would have revised a lot more. So you could ask your teacher if you could sit some extra mock exams or some extra work. It doesn't have to be a whole paper, does it? And that's what even the government said when it came to the predicted grades, I helped quite a few students last year. There were external students weren't at school. And what I needed to do is to justify that they were capable of getting good grades and that's all that I did. I gave them mock papers and they sat them under timed conditions. And it wasn't even an entire paper because when we when I needed to submit those grades, it wasn't June. So actually, you couldn't take into account the entire cinema. So number number four, I have written down here. I think number four, don't put a I can't even read my handwriting. Aha, now I can. So when it comes to universities, what most teachers will say is, you know, you've got five offers. Often what the scores will say to you is that that fifth choice the university. Don't, what your school say is put a second rate or a second tier university. So even if your predicted grades are AAP or ABB, than what the university will say is law just in case you don't get the grades that you are expected to then put another lower tier university, slightly, slightly lower down the rankings. Now, I disagree with that because actually clearing is what will be the best thing for you. So there's two things. Either you get crap grades, the grades that you are unhappy with many decided to reset. Or the other option is you go through clearing so that fifth university of choice, please don't put that down as one of the second tier second rate choices because you just weren't needed. If you haven't done as well as what you expected, you've got clearing or you can just reset. So hope you found that useful. What we're talking about is how you bump up your predicted grades. Brighter teachers, ask your teachers what you need to do. And the third thing is sit some mock exam to show that you can compound and get better over time. Have you guys found it useful? I've just noticed that some of the most watched videos around the Eucharist personal statement. Enjoy the rest of your day. Look forwards the guys on the next video. 3. How to Choose the Right Course at University: One of the questions that I get asked quite a lot is how do I know what the right course is for me? Now, I spent a lot of time researching this and it hasn't enhanced what I already say. So I SAT what I would say to anybody else that would normally come to me and ask that question when it comes to deciding the course at university. If you know already you wanted to do medicine or dentistry, then that's absolutely fair game. But if like most of us, you don't know the course, and I've been doing this for 12 years. And almost every single student that's come to me in the past has come to when asked, how on earth do I know what course I'm going to study at university? And my response is always, pick a course at university that either number one, you're familiar with because you've got a friend, a relative, a cousin, a brother or sister that it's already studying. It will pick a course that your studying the moments if you're doing a levels or IB or pre, you, you'll probably have a favorite subject there. So that's a pretty good starting point. And you can go into the cast website and then filter by those subjects. Obviously talk to friends and family and take look online, take a look on YouTube to take look at the people there that are studying those courses. It's a really hard question to answer though. But I really do firmly believe There's no point in trying to predict what's going to be a future job. There's no point trying to predict that we couldn't predict the pandemic. But what I think is really important is that you guys do something you really enjoy. Now passions and interests in word, isn't it? Because I think it's quite hard to be passionate about something when you've just done your a levels, your IB or your pre, you. But I think it's really important. I really wanted to get this message home, do something that you enjoy. Now, we don't know what the job market is going to look like in 5, 10, 15, 20 years time. There'll be several pandemic's possibly, hopefully not, they'll definitely a recession or two in that time, but the jobs market will fundamentally change. If you look at companies like Nokia or Samsung, or Ericsson or Mercedes, they have fundamentally shifted the way that they run the operation. If we take Nokia in the late 19th century, there were a Swedish, Finnish company and they used to chop down with, and they took the wood down and turned into paper. Now Nokia, a completely unrecognizable from that business today. They're not investing into woodlands. They're not buying trees and talking them down and turned into paper. They provide the technology and the systems behind the mobile photomask, for example. Now, I think when it comes to learning and your education, if you take the same approach, if you realize that things will change over time. So what's not important is to cost you decide to do unless you want to go into medicine or engineering, or you want to be a pilot. If you know that now that the chances are you wouldn't be watching this video apart from through curiosity. But if you don't know the course you want to study, then pick any subject because it really doesn't matter. Because what's more important are the skills that you can pick up. And it's going to be learning how to learn will be so much more powerful than the degree course you decide to do. So I think it's, It's much better to go to university to study a course that you enjoy, rather than picking a subject that you don't enjoy, that you've been peer pressured into studying. So what's more important is the skills of learning how to learn the skills of resilience and having a stronger mindset. Because actually in time, you will have several different careers over the course of your lifetime. So you wouldn't be justing the same career that you start off with when you finish university towards you get to when you retire. I hope that was useful. I look forward to see you guys on the next video where we'll look at the location as one of the other things that she take into account when choosing the right degree course. 4. University & the UCAS Journey Explained : I got is for those of you that don't know me, my name is enriched rid over the last 12 years, I've been helping students to get into university. And now I obviously do this on a day-to-day basis. So I know what you've got to do when it comes to writing your personal statement because it's what I do day in, day out. Now. I completely understand it's a pretty difficult thing to do, and it's also quite hard to know where to go to get the right advice. Not just for the right to university to choose, but also knowing how to complete the person's statement. Okay, what I'm going to be going through the ego as today then are those four areas choosing the right University. I don't want to go into too much detail because I want to focus most of our time on this video on your UCAS application form. And specifically within that, the personal statement, the bit that you've got a right 4 thousand characters about yourself. So let's kick it off by looking at how do you choose the right university to go to? Now, this is a question I get asked all the time. Obviously, if you're looking at studying normal traditional subject in the sense that it's dentistry or medicine. You've probably known that for quite a long time, so it's probably relatively easy. It's also a fairly linear path and you know what the stages are and you've got to go through. And usually if you're starting one of those courses, it's because a brother or sister or parent is already in that. Now, if you're like most of the other people that don't really know what subject to choose. This does present a bit of a challenge because it's really hard to imagine yourself after university, let alone deciding what course you want to do when you're 17 or 18 years old. So I think the first place to start is to look at YouTube. Have a look on there at people that are studying your course. There's huge amounts of resources and knowledge and expertise on people who are at University at the moment that can probably give you some, some good insights behind the scenes. You could also talk to brothers or sisters. Talking to teachers, would I suppose be a pretty good starting point, be Oscar, remember there is probably a little while since they've been to university and things do change. I would actually start off by looking at YouTube and speak into your brothers or sisters. But also looking at the types of jobs that are currently out there at the moment. So you could speak to your parents or friends that are working just to see and ask them if they chose the right course at University. The good thing about universities is it unless you want to study something like dentistry or medicine or veterinary, you do need to choose those courses, obviously at university if you want to study something like business or English, or History, or classics or art, you really do have a big opportunity when you leave university because you don't have to have studies, something in particular to go into most jobs. They just want to know that you're smart enough and clever and often have been to university, have gained some independent skills and a much more analytical. So I think doing something that you enjoy a Universe is a very good starting point. I also think. And this has been. A hack as well. If you can find a course at a really good university has slightly lower entry requirements, just so you can get the name of the university on your CV. That could also be a regular thing as well because some universities have some courses that are either new or courses that have slightly lower entry requirements. You could choose those as well. Anyway. The next part is looking at the location, the facilities. If you're into sport that you might want to go to university like Lefebvre, looking at how far away it is from home. But also, as I said just a minute ago, looking at the types of career choices that are available, but also looking at the rankings for the universities. I said I don't wanna spend too much time looking at this, but I think it's important to cover it. So if you know that the grades you're going to get or hopefully going to get in the summer will allow you to apply it to Russell Group universities. Then Barlow means go for those. This is a question, another question I get asked a lot as well. Do I put my fifth choice University Place as a lower choice? And I always think that actually there's not much of a point in doing that because if your grades are low in the summer than I guess you'll be disappointed, but you'll also bed to go through clearing. So why don't you just put five good choices down. They can even put the same university twice as well if you want to. So your fifth choice, even if your teachers say to you, I have put as a, put a good back-up choice there just in case you don't get the grades. I kinda disagree with that. You can always go through clearing and if you've got five rejections that actually you can go through, you cast again. But hopefully that won't happen because your teacher to give you the grades that you need. I think talking to friends as well and figuring out where they're going if you want to. Also keep contact with them, might be good to all go to the same universities as well. So when it comes to, and this will help you with your UCAS personal statement. Look at them modules and the courses that you're interested in and take a deep dive into those modules, not just for the first year, but also for the second and the third. Let's imagine you're studying, or one study your business or economics at Bristol. Take look at the modules and the courses and the lecturers. And you can find all of that information either on the University's website or a new Cass. And what you'll find is the same course at different universities will have similar modules. So just make sure you enjoy or like the sound of those modules that are being taught. You can check the course code and UCAS just to make sure they are the same. What they'll often do is, let's say you're looking at business studies will have n 100 or 200 generally, which is then the same course at different universities. And if you want to study abroad and just make sure the university offers you the flexibility to change your mind if you want to in your second year, where you'll often find if you've chosen a course on new cast and you get to the university, you don't like it, then often allow you to change within the same faculty. That often not allow you to change faculties, but within the same faculty, you'll be allowed to change and swap courses if there's enough places to available. It might be worth checking how the courses are taught, what the students satisfaction is like, and also the amount of lecture time you guys have got as well for those, for those courses. But I think it's really important you do check on the university website, the different modules, and just check that you'd like the sounds of those courses. They're often not just for the first year, but also the second year and the fine a year as well, because that could differ between universes specially in the final year. So look at this next part. So I think when it comes to your key facts for your UK ass personal statement, a couple of things to take off. I'm sure you guys know this already, but you can make a maximum of five choices. Your choices are restricted if you want to go to Oxford or Cambridge, or medicine or veterinary. And the good thing is if you choose five universities which you need to, then the universe is won't know which ones you've applied to. And you can also apply to the same university twice for two different courses, as well as also an offline application. This isn't the dates for you guys to know. I think getting your university application in as quickly as possible will really help you because actually it's a first come first serve. So if your personal statement and your predictor grades are good enough, you'll find that universities will offer your place straightaway. The fastest that I have known somebody to get an offer is 48 hours. So get the application form in. And I think the 1 that I'm going to make a few times over and over again is that it is a personal statement. So when it comes to writing your personal statement, it is. You can listen to as many people as you want, but ultimately what you feel is right? I'm gonna give you a lot of guidance about the structure, but actually what you write does need to come from you. The structure's important office, anything thing you need to link it to the course that you're studying, but ultimately is a personal statements. So it does need to reflect what you feel. Now. This is the only section that you have full control over. And this is the part that most people get a little bit stuck with. It's a maximum of 4 thousand characters and a minimum of a thousand. I think if you're writing a thousand, then something has definitely gone wrong. Grammar is important, and that's one of the most frustrating things. If you don't check your grammar, you can use gradually to do that as well. That's a free, a free site. There's no formatting allowed. It would just reject your application when you, when you try and save it so that it'll be pretty obvious. And you do one application, sorry, one personal statement for all of your courses. So you can't write specifically about if you're applying to kings or Bristol, you shouldn't mention that university because then it will give the game a little bit. So you need to speak quite, quite generally about the courses. I think it does get a little bit more difficult if you're applying to a course, let's say an Economics and another course in French, you have to be quite creative with how you describe those courses and the decisions that you've been. I think you'll find most people were probably applied to the same types of courses at different universities. Now, you need to start with 32 because the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can submit it, and the sooner you'll start to get offers back. Now, I think what's important in your personal statement? And I've broken it in another video. I just go into little more detail on this as about your, it's your academic achievements don't go any further back than your GCSEs or your any earlier. You've got to go through why you're interested in the subject that you've chosen. Now, the easiest way to do that is obviously talk about the reasons why you've applied. But one thing you can do is to link it to the modules specifically at the universe. And this is why I said earlier on that you need to look at the individual modules that the university, our teaching. So link it could be really smart and link it to one of the specific lecturers there. Also, remember if you do that, you need to make sure that as unlike the lecture's going to be teaching in different universities. So maybe the smartest thing to do here, if you're wanting to study a business that you might bring in Porter's Five Forces or you might bring in one of the modules that's being taught. And I'll go through a couple of examples for you guys on that just so you understand what I'm talking about. You sound obviously enthusiastic and go beyond the syllabus, I'll give you some examples later on from a couple of personal statements and detail. Why you want to study what you enjoy about the course, and how you've demonstrated independent study skills so far. So you need to consider, because the universities and colleges going to have a think about this when they read your personal statement, they're gonna wander. If you have the aptitude for being an independent student, Do you have a range of interests? Are you also going to offer the university? I know that you guys always going to be paying to go to university, but they're going to want to know that you're going to get stuck into things outside if your academic work. So you need to demonstrate some of these skills that you're motivated, committed, and that you can write a good personal statement. I'll show you guys some more examples about this later on. And also in terms of a bit of admin here, universities were either off you an unconditional offer, which if you do that, then fantastic. It means that you have got into the University regardless of the grades that you get in the summer. That's pretty unusual. Or most people get an a conditional offer which would be conditional based conditions based on the grade that you get in the summer. So it's unlikely unless you're doing medicine or dentistry or veterinary that you'll be required to go in for an interview unless you're going to apply for the Oxbridge courses. And occasionally might ask as your portfolio or take an admission test. So most students, they're applying, we'll get a conditional offer. Hopefully not too many of your be unsuccessful. So when it comes to tracking your application, you can see how you're doing. You'll get email notifications anyways, so good luck on your application process. What we do the next videos, I'll go through some examples of some good personal statements, give you guys some insights into what to write. Anyway, hope you found that useful. And again, just drop me a message if there's anything else I can do to help you guys with. Thank you very much and look forward to seeing you guys on the next video. 5. Step by Step Explanation of the UCAS Application Form: Hello. So we're gonna go and deep dive into the UCAS application form. This is going to be split into two parts. This part is going to be looking at the everything else inside the cast personal statement except for the actual personal statement side of it. So the first thing you do, go to, click on Students, and then for most of you will be undergraduate. So you click on here. Undergraduate is when you've left school or college, and then you go to university. In that way, you click on Apply. Now you can see here, 2021 entry is the one I'll be going through 2022, hasn't changed to click on there, click on Apply and then type in your username. And then my password, it's going to get from this password storage device here. There we go. Click login. Okay, so what I want to show you then in this video is how to fill in all of these sections over on the left-hand side, which starts with your personal details, your additional information, and so on. What I want to show you here is exactly what you need to do. This is really important, and it's also a time-saver. Suspend a few minutes watching this video. And by all means, stop, rewind and pause as you go through it and as you complete your own application for personal details, pretty self-explanatory here. Just fill in your address details. You'll first name, your last name, your home address, and your mobile phone number. You can see that I've just filled in my email address as my date of birth, my country of birth. There's nothing in there that's going to really catch you out. If you're a Jew nationality, then pop that in there and you can click on here where it says C list. And then also you have these quite useful question marks which will help you. They'll pop up with a new screen. So if you do get stuck, you can just click on those question marks, just the reference numbers. You can leave that blank. I've never ever fill up those in unless you know what your unique learner number is, and I don't even know what that is. So I think that probably goes so far as to explain that it's not that important. If you are from outside of the UK, then just make sure you fill in your details. And universes will probably ask separately for proof of student visa or proof of a residency permit for you guys. Now, when it comes down to students support, if you're fortunate enough that friends or family or any of your relatives will be paying for your student fees. I would still recommend though, if that's the case, he still click on the Student Financial Services because it's easier to opt out of the student of finances rather than opt in. So most people will click on number 2. If you're coming from UK, Channel Islands, I love man or an E student. And even if you're a private finance, I still recommend you opt in and opt out later on. So I hope that makes sense. That's the most important section under your personal details. Now, keeping up to date with your application, you can do this if you want to. You can update your preferences, are showing you where you do that as well later on. Disability, just make sure they are if you're unsure to take on the Click on the question mark. So that's the personal details, additional information. This is not passed on to the universities. So you can just go through and just fill that in. It's pretty obvious stuff here, activities in preparation for higher education. You can leave this blank as well unless you really, really want to complete it, but it's not necessary unless you're doing a course like medicine or dentistry way you might want to include that information there. But apart from that, I wouldn't even consider filling in that you don't need to at all. So that's the additional information student finance we just went through that. That will pop up. If you ticked on section 2 and that AS1, just make sure you click on that. Those are the terms and conditions I got to jump through to employment. You don't need to complete any of this. I think it's just a little bit unnecessary to perfectly honest. It won't make any difference to your application form in the slightest reference if you're applying as an external candidate. This is the section where you will add your academic referees if you're applying your school than this section won't pop up. It's because I'm applying, using this form as an external candidate that, that has popped up. View or details are due at the end of our show that in a minute. Now I'm going to be doing a separate video on choices and how you choose the right university based on what you're interested in. So once you know that and once you've watched that video, then you can go and complete your university choices. This is pretty straightforward because by the time you get to this stage, you will know the courses you're applying to. So if you don't know the institution code, which who does you go to see less than you can just type in? Let's say Bristol because you want to apply it to Bristol University. But you go there, it pops up on the course code. You can search by less. So if you want to do business, just check on heritages. Or it might be under management, they go end to 100. And then you type in the start date. If you're considering guys taking a gap year, I will do another video about this, but I think it's really, really important. You apply it for the first available year. And then on results day or soon after, then let your university that you want to defer your entry. So put the earliest possible date that you can start your course there as well. Okay? And if you're living at home when studying, then click yes or no. And then point of entry will be one because that's the first year for most of you. That'll be the year of the course that you start and be very rare, the start halfway through a course unless you're transferring across from one Universe to another Education. This is the bit that catches most people out and the bit that I spend the most amount of time talking to people about. So here it's quite straight forward, but I can say that quite confidently because I've been doing this for a long time, but it does catch out. Few people, what you need to make sure you do is only include your GCSE grades and your a level grades. You can see here now it's in March 2021 at that moment that I'm doing this video, you can see here that these subjects have a graduation date in the future. Let me show you what I mean by this. If I go into here and add a GCE, a level and I type in, let's say, ancient history. My qualification date will be August 2021 because I haven't yet finished the course and that's when I get to my results. So make sure here you put the date that you get your results and your example that's really important and the grade will be pending because you haven't yet sapped the paper. So you'll put pending there. You do not need to fit in these modules down here. That's completely unnecessary. This is, this form is designed for when you'd sit some of the modules in your first year and then the rest of the modules later on. So just leave those completely blank. They won't make any difference whatsoever to your application form. And are sort of handy thing down here. If you want to add another a level, you can then just click on save and add similar. And then you can go to adding your next. Because you see here pre-populates this August 2021. Just make sure you got the example to write for that and put pending when you're finished, click on Save, it will take you back and you'll see there you've got the subjects all populated into that section. The GCC section can be a little bit tricky because I'll show you what I mean here. Let's say you're doing astronomy for a GCSE. Pretty cool. And you've got your results probably two years before. So let's say 2019 awarding body AQA grade that nine. Now let me show you what I mean by this warning. Please check the date given as it's before the date you attended this college. This is an arrow that pops up quite a bit. Do you see what I've done here? I've got that I was at college boys school and film enterprise from September 2019 until 2021, which is obviously a date in the future. So make sure that those dates add up to when you are actually doing that the grades and doing the subjects. You don't need to go all the way back to when you first went to school. That's a little bit unnecessary. But you can see here, I was at Ipswich high school, which was actually a girls school from September 2018 to August 2019 for one year. I did one subject. Just make sure you've got the dates right. That shouldn't have been allowed to populate because in 2020 I was at another school. So that must be a little error there that's going on. So if I go back into that, I can change it. I finished that. I'm just going to say click Save. You cannot be a full time at more than one school is you'll start to notice these errors when you do this and just make sure you correct them as o as you go through. And it regardless that we just save that, there we go, All done. It's quite a handy little tool when you're studying away, you can click on this little button up here, which is a do not disturb sign. So you don't get any notifications. Very, very useful up there that do not disturb, but nicer quite a lot from my productivity as well. So I can be as efficient as possible. Now, it should create an error message when I save this because it's a couple of things I'm finished. Yes, it has. You can see here. And this is what I mean, there's always lots of little niggly bits and pieces in here. You've got to do, Let's just check what I've done wrong here and then I can go back and correct it. You cannot be a photon more than one school. Of course he can't. Please check. So if I'm part time that I can click on part-time here and then it will allow me. So there we go, because I might have been the line as an external student at one school and then an internal another. That's not unusual at all because there might be a subject that you really wanted to do elsewhere. So education, that's pretty much for that section down, it will take you probably longest, longest time to do this section as it does to do the rest of it reference, we just went through view or details to check that and go scroll down to the bottom, click on section complete, and then save to pay and sand. That's the very last section to do after you've done the reference. So this video was on the aspects that are involved inside of the application form before you click on Pay and said, I hope you guys found that useful and you can log in and I'll just make sure you save your UCAS personal statement as you go through and we'll see you in the next video. And I hope you found useful. 6. Conclusion & Summary: So this brings an end to our course together. I hope you guys found it useful. If you can take away one last thing from this masterclass, choosing a course at university of you enjoy the you might have already studied will be the best thing for you guys to do. Unless of course, you know the one to go into medicine or dentistry, or even engineering or teaching. Then if you have a really clear idea of the course that you want to study at this stage, then by all means, go ahead and do that. But I think what's really important at the end of all of the S, at the end of filling in the application form and writing 4000 characters on yourself, please make sure you choose a course you're really interested in. If we look back over the last 10, 15 years, if we look at what we now know about the types of careers that exist, we wouldn't have known a lot of that information if we go back 15 years. So again, if you fast forward 510 years from today, the types of jobs that exist in ten years time will not be jobs that exist today. So what's most important is that you go to university, enjoy your time there, and come out with a really strong degree. But what's even more important is that you go there with a mindset and learning to learn. You go there with a mindset that you want to have a growth mindset. You go there with a mindset of things will change. What's important though? You open yourself up to that opportunity of the future jobs that will exist in the future that we didn't know about today, guys, I hope you found that really useful and please do watch somebody other Skillshare classes that I have got out at the moment. And then I'll also be filming in the future. Look forward seeing you guys on the next Skillshare mosque class. And thank you for supporting and watching this one. 7. Personal Statement Example Business Studies: If you're considering applying for a business related course at University on the project's panel on this Skillshare account that I've got, you'll see this PDF which you should download just to make sure you have alongside you when you're writing your personal statement. This is really useful uses for years as well for all the students that I had helped. What I want to go through though today is looking at a example personal favorite student that I've helped before. And one of the most important things is when you read or write the first paragraph is super, super important. You get across the subject that you're studying. Because my theory is that whoever reads your personal statement, the chances are they've read a few 140, read a few 100 more on the day that they read yours. So it's super important. You get across the course you're applying to and show off some of your knowledge. Now, if we take a look at paragraph a one, the student here has said why they have applied for the course and then what about the course particularly interests them? Now from the first couple lines, you can see that they're talking about business, that talking about the economy. So it's pretty obvious that they're applying for a business or an economics related course. And then just a few lines down, they bring in a book they've read by Thomas Friedman called The Lexus and the olive tree. And what they've done really well though here is they've linked the book to globalization. This makes me realize that straight away, the course they're applying for is a business related course. And then it goes on to talk about organizations and politics. So maybe it's a joule type of course, politics and how that influences business all around the world. And that's the subject that's studying at the moment. And then a real life example linking it to Brexit. This is obviously a person's name from a few years ago. You should talk about something that interests you and is relatable to life at the moment. If it's a business where Xc course or if it's a politics regular course, then bring in some real-world example. So that's Paragraph 1. That's a very good example of a personal statement. So you've linked the course too, if you've liked. And then also linked at something real world. So let's take a look at paragraph two as well. So here's some historical interest about why this student wants to study at university. It says, Hey, I quite like this last sentence. Currently I'm noticing that large organizations are being forced to think in a more entrepreneur away in order to succeed. So that's the reason for wanting to study at university, isn't that just there? So also linking into why Mora Thatcher and what she did to relax business restrictions as well, and which gave London's financial sector a huge boost. Paragraph three out enjoyed learning from lecturers who are experts in their field and be able to enhance my strategic mindset. What a good word to use their strategic mindset that's obviously linked to something at university about the course. Here is some really good real world example as all. And you can put in a creative guys if you haven't set up a business and you want to study business and as a university, then use your creative license there. But just demonstrate that you're actually interested in studying business studies at university. So look, reddish the chance to trade on an international scale. My interest in business or sparks initially barn conversation my parents, what that doing there is they're showing where that initial interest came from and why applies to university that's been here about work flow processes are what the students are we done is they've looked at the course online for that university and realize that of course there will be studying about strategy, performance and efficiencies and productivity and output noise from topics they've linked that into there. And then again another book, the Wealth of Nations. Adam Smith, his desire was to bring about continual growth and business. Yes, of course, his ideas are evident in today's fast growing firms. Now this is just a really impressive power off because name dropping Adam Smith, name dropping Henry Ford. And it can be any book, it can be any theory, it can be anything that you've read. It doesn't have to be a superconducting, super complicated book like Adam Smith. You're not expected to have read all of his books in The Wealth of Nations. But looking at the back of it might give you guys an idea. So reasons again for wanting to apply to university driven person one, they'd like to run my own business. That's the reason it does matter whether you're applying to business, politics, finance, medicine. You've got to say why you want to study at university. Why do you want to sort of that course? Why do you want to make an excuse for why your grades haven't gone quite as much of what they've done here. To start at the end of a French hanging year. But say my friends go off universities, increased my design study. If you didn't do as well in one of your subjects at GCSE or a level or AFM, think that might hold you back, then throw in a paragraph like this, decided it's been a challenging year, but seeing my friends, so you can say it's been a challenging year. You found it very hard to learn at home, but actually realized that x, y, z. And then you can add in something in there that you think is important. Obviously, applying to university is not just about studying. They want students who will join in, who will join sports clubs, who we'll do other things, as well as just study, study, study. So here, I love acting, completed an 830 studies. And then the link between that subject, because this student clearly studies business, politics, and theater. Now those are three, or theta and politics and business don't necessarily go together. You wouldn't necessarily expect somebody to study politics, business, and theta. But now I understand why they're doing it because they enjoy better. So what's wrong? I always say it's very important to study a levels that you enjoy and do a course at university that you enjoy. So, but back it up. So if you're doing it eight Evelyn theater or in something which is slightly not normal, then just explain why you'd be a belt boar, bull a boy, three as it made your tennis ornaments. Guys just show you a bit of interest in there and a nice little cheesy link to which means long hours of intense concentration. So clearly whoever's reading this is going to realize that this student is going to be able to concentrate for long hours. Okay? Not so sure that's an amazing thing to say, but it clearly worked. So keen and competitive chess player, sorry, just throwing out there that actually this person has more than happy to do other stuff other than just study, study, study, which is what university is about. It's not just about studying. So hope you found that useful. I'll do a few more videos and screen-share so you guys can see the types of personal statements. And hopefully by seeing this or make you realize that actually you're capable of producing something equally as good as well. 8. Personal Statement Example Music, Theatre and the Arts: For a course, especially like state or related to that, to the music's to find good examples of personal statements. Here's one from a few years ago that I helped a student who was applying for the Guilford school of music and theater and acting. You can see straight away from the first paragraph, I love this introduction into performance. He didn't just play a character. You become a character. Clearly, the student that's applying to this course loves theater and loves acting and loves music. You can see here the adrenaline pumping through your body and butterflies in your stomach. These are her words completely that didn't require any editing. Take a look at the first paragraph. You can see the link straightway to music between the links, the course that she's applying to, as well as all of the relevant experience you already got from playing Patti and Greece best and Oliver and Megan, The Phantom of the Opera. I think this just sets the scene for the rest of the persons I haven't so well, so nice, strong introduction here to link to why she wanted to apply it for a course rates to performance. I loved that opening paragraph 2016 took part in the dark tower. So then again, some relevant experience to y fits on why musical acting is going to be the right sort of course, for her. Third power off daunting isn't just a hobby. The wording, the phrasing can see so clearly like she loved it. Take a read through paragraph number three. I'll stop talking for a moment so you can realize the level of depth and detail that goes into that paragraph four. Again, some really good application for experience if you've done some acting already and you would have done if you're applying for a course like this, you'll be doing it because you've already shown a massive interest in it. Take like three paragraph full, the one that stalls in 2016 and let me know and have a think about what you think of that it's really quite hot felt, isn't it? There's a lot of experience coming through from the I'm highly motivated and for three consecutive years being part of a chumps for Japan to mine. So clearly got a huge amount of experience there as well. The next paragraph talks about travel and different experiences and meeting people. So you always pause this video as you're watching through it. If you just want to read the paragraph a little bit more. The next paragraph talks about raising money for MSF Medecins Sans Frontieres. By doing the parachute jumps are always nice to throw in some stuff outside of the course you're applying for as well. So I hope you found that useful. Some really good examples, again, about a person's save a link to Theta, which would apply if it's any of the odds for a to cause the applying for most of these courses, you don't apply a cast, you apply it directly. Universities or to the college incentives that are offering the course is. 9. Personal Statement Example: Economics: Stephen, just here, this one is just for an economics course at University. So the idea behind these guys, you can watch them at double speed and the left-hand corner, you can click on that. You can either watch hidden 1.5 speed or double speed. You'd also pause that the azygos through if there's stuff that you want to make a note of. So by all means pause it. By all means watch them at double speed. But just make sure that your personal statement links in the same document on the Projects tab. So download that to make sure that the structure follows the exact same format as these persons elements that I'm going through here. The idea is you don't copy these ideas. These give you some inspiration about the types of paragraphs you can write in the order that they come in. It's also really important, I want to really highlight this that you bring in some reading and show the interests for the course that you're studying. Now, you don't have to read the book inside out. You don't have, have to read all the books by Keane's and you started out or read them back to front, inside out. Okay, the idea is you can just show some insight and so's showed knowledge, but also share the interests of the course you're applying for. They didn't expect it to be fully fledged economic, economic teachers or lectures by this time you are applying to university, they do expect to have an interests. So the idea behind these videos is to give you guys a bit of an idea to show you that you can do it and show it at writing post statement as hard as it is. If you follow the structure and the document, the downloadable thing that you can use it on the Projects tab. So just make sure you use that. This is a really good example of an economics personal statement. I'll stop talking so you can read the first couple of paragraphs, but taken note of why this is good in the first two paragraphs. If we take a look at the first paragraph, just to kick things off, you can see clearly that the student has written this person's statement, has said they want to find out more about Keynesian principles and understandings of the views, the extent to which government intervention in market forces, forces is beneficial. Clearly, there's government forces in ala of economics. He talks a lot about government intervention in the microwave stuff. And you also start to introduce some of these early diagrams around the Keynesian principles. So there's the link there between the jump from a level two degree. So very good introduction. And the first thing as well is it starts with economics. So clearly this has a degree in economics. The second paragraph links into maps. So we know that studying Economics at University has a huge amount of mass involved in it. And most universities need you to have studied A-level maths as well. So the second paragraph is the link to a level maths and the jump from that to the degree stuff as well. Take a look at paragraph number three and paragraph number 4 and have a think about what makes this good. So one of the good things to do when you're studying or applying to a course at University has taken a look at the university's website, take over the modules that you're going to be studying and try and find the link between what you're writing in the personal statement and the modules or the courses that you'll be studying. So clearly, this course, we'll be looking at some of the historical parts of it. And as you expect most courses at the university to deal with these sorts subjects like economics and business and philosophy and RE, and all of humanity subjects will be doing quite a lot of historical research. So try and find a module or topic lecturer that you find interesting and link why you want to study that course with the content you're going to be taught at school. The next paragraph, take look of atom will have a talk through why that's good as well. So this product off is really good because it talks about what experience are the real world and how that applies University and also I think shows independence, right? So go into diverse. You couldn't be living away from home for most of you. You've really sure that your independent and a self-starter, and this is a good way of doing it rather than using the word self-starter and independent. And the same with the next paragraph as well, looking at cryptocurrencies, this was a personal statement from 2017 or 18. So when cryptocurrencies was still quite new as well. So quite cool to be talking about things outside of school and also outside of university, but things you're interested in. This shows a real desire, desire to want to understand patterns and looking at things between economics and mass, you can see how this quite nicely bridges between the two subjects at a level this, this student has been studying the last paragraph links and about its French and Spanish. So clearly motivated and talented students. I think one of the things now is that the university, the people that read your personal statements, they don't want to read your leader and you're motivated, you're passionate. They want to see examples of how you've demonstrated this. And that's really the idea behind showing you guys these personal statements. If you can show that, if you can show the link rather than using buzzwords, that to be honest, I don't really mean very much. But if you can show the link between how you're motivated, how will you work hard, how you show up, get up and go. That's going to be far more useful. Hope you guys found it useful by always go back and watch it again at double speed or a single speed and pause it as you go through. Remember, don't copy this personal statement because it will be thoroughly checked through the anti plagiarism software that most universities use. 10. Personal Statement Example PPE Cambridge University : Cambridge or Oxford, and this is called the Oxbridge applications, but this is a personal statement that a student got an interview for studying PPE at Cambridge. You can clearly see the passion, the interests, and the expertise already. This is just a personal statement. The amount of experience that comes out straight away from paragraph one and paragraphs to have a read through that. So if you're thinking of applying for PPE and it doesn't have to be at Cambridge or Oxford. It can be any of the top Russell Group universities. So if you're considering applying for PPE, these the source of introductory paragraphs you should be aiming for. Now remember, this is good enough for Cambridge and go the interview. So it will be good enough if you can follow the same structure, but make sure you look at the template on the Projects tab to give you an idea of the structure. The idea of this little presentation is to give you an idea of the structure of the paragraphs. Don't copy it, but used to flow and use the format by all means and use the ideas. So if you're looking at paragraph one, take a read through that and then I will just talk about my feedback and thoughts around that. I think what's good is straight away. It starts to ask the questions around the, the philosophy and the reasons for studying this course. I think the first paragraph is a brilliant way to start any personal statement. Take a look at paragraph two. Okay, So I studied economics and French and university. If I'm honest, pair off to throws me quite a bit because it's so detail. But obviously if you are studying PPE or looking at that, then you'll probably understand the books that have been written about there. I think what's fantastic as you get a sense straightaway that this student that wrote it really does understand the books and has read them probably back to front, inside, out and all the way around again, I think what's great here in all seriousness is the interest comes across really, really well. Take a look at paragraph three. You can see all the way through this personal statement, at least in the first three paragraphs, the amount of extra reading. And if you're applying for PPE, that these universities would expect that he might even be a prerequisite on the list of books they expect you to read before you even turn up. But I think it was a 17-year-old or 18-year-old applying for university to have this level of knowledge really is quite phenomenal. So no, no surprise, the student actually got an offer of an interview for Cambridge. The idea is not to scare you when you look at these persons opens, the idea is to give you guys a bit of an insight and some structure so you know what to write. Now this took at least ten hours of my time to help this student put this personal statement together. It doesn't normally take quite as long as that, but actually came about was clearly that this student was really passionate about and knowledgeable at the same time about studying PPE at Cambridge. And often coated with the conversations, went off track to talk about other things because I was also helping them with that economics as well. So take a look at the next two paragraphs where it starts aren't become particularly interested. What you see here, there's so much details to the reasons why this student wants to study philosophy, as well as the other two, philosophy, economics and politics at university, it is quite hard to write any persons I'm a little under a course that involves three different subjects. The second paragraph or the last one on this page, looks at the abstract notions with a discourse grounded logical arguments. I mean, the, the language here is incredible. That's being used as well. And don't get me wrong. A huge amount of editing went into this. But this is give you guys an idea about how to start, look at the last paragraph as well. So again, going back to what we started with or the beginning of this statement and throwing in some very nice charitable work in there just to show that you're capable of living away from home. And you know that studying the universe is going to bring out your independence skills, at least early test whether or not you're capable of doing that. So really good to make sure that when University radial position statement they really get an idea. The old cable living away from home for extended periods of time. So university is not just about starting the course you want to do. It's also about the other things. So this student, Hey, Katie, enjoys playing the calorie and also rugby as a well, So even though they haven't paid for the first 15, that doesn't matter. The fact that they're still interested in it. You don't have to be a superstar and absolutely everything that you guys do. But you need to get across the reasons why you're applying for the course that you are. I hope you guys found useful. Take a look at the projects tab as all to make sure you download the templates and all the checklist that you can use to make your life easier when it comes to writing these personal statements.