So, once the summer is over and your children are back at school, you can breathe a sigh of relief, right? Well, not if you have one starting Year 13 in September, as they will no doubt be reaching the height of their stress levels with their application to university. UCAS; four letters that mean so much. It represents all that your child has been working towards since you first sent them off to school and you want to see them get to a great university and from there hopefully have a great start to adult life. No pressure, then. In this article, which shouldn’t take more than three minutes out of your day, I will try to show you how best to ensure your teenager is on the right track to start a great application, with my focus being on the personal statement.
Filling in the online UCAS application form is quite simple on the whole but it is the section on the personal statement which causes the nightmares. It is a brief document which aims to convince admissions tutors that they should give a place to your child. It has to show that the student is interested in the chosen subject and has the academic potential to cope with studying it for three or four years. It’s challenging to get it right. Getting started is often the most difficult part, but there is absolutely no point starting without the basics in place. So, make sure the following points have been considered.