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Applying to University? Behind the scenes: admissions & personal statements

Friday 05 March 2021 | 1-2pm

Microsoft Teams Live

Cost: FREE


*Students can sign up and access remotely as webcams & mics are disabled*

We are delighted to be able to provide this session all about university, with speakers Emma and Maxine, who work at universities.

Emma will talk for the first 20 minutes, with 10 minutes after for questions. Her talk will include:

Behind the scenes – what happens to your UCAS application once you submit it?

A brief introduction into how the University admissions process works once you submit your application. How do Universities look at your application, including how we look at grades and personal statements to help us decide whether to make an offer. We will talk about the timescales involved and what is happening during that time. Finally what catches the eye of a University admissions officer in a personal statement and what might you consider when deciding upon your firm and insurance choice.

Maxine will speak for the last 20 minutes, with 10 minutes at the end to answer questions. Her talk will include:

Applying to University?

What do you need to know about personal statements?

A key part of the university application process is writing a personal statement, and this session will help you understand what the university admissions team will be looking for, and help you think about what to include, and how to write your personal statement.

Writing the personal statement is also the opportunity for you to clarify your thoughts as to why you want to study your chosen subject, and therefore is also really useful preparation if you are asked to attend an interview at your chosen university(s) and have to explain to the admission tutor why you want to study with them.

The session will include:

• Being clear as to which subject you want to study and why.

• Explaining the differences between single and joint honours degrees (and other variations), including inter faculty degrees

• Looking for the evidence to demonstrate your commitment to your subject choice

• Structuring the personal statement

• Getting the basics right – spelling, punctuation etc.

Maxine Blades is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and has helped run university Open Days, and an admissions tutor for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Science.