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We know that exploring all your higher education options is difficult right now. There are lots of great Virtual Open Days out there - but how do you even know which ones to go to? The UCAS site will give you lots of information on all courses in all universites. Click for UCAS

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If you are in year 11 you are likely to be thinking about what to do in September. HWB are working with regional consortia, schools, colleges, Careers Wales – Working Wales to create online learning experiences and resources so you can carry on with your learning and prepare to transition into further education. Click below to find out more. Click for CAREERS WALES


We know that exploring all your higher education options is difficult right now. There are lots of great Virtual Open Days out there - but how do you even know which ones to go to? We're here to help.


Some helpful links to help you get started on your personal statement:
UCAS Links TOP Universities UCAS How to: What to include Tips and Hints
Here is some advice on UCAS/Personal Statement from Year 13 pupils:
  • Don’t try too hard to write what you think they want to hear, it will probably just turn out sounding generic and cliche.
  • Be concise, and use valuable information, characters are very limited and you want to make the most of them to sell yourself to admissions.
  • Don’t waffle, there’s nothing more demoralising than spending hours on a draft and then watching J-Ry cross a good 75% of it out within seconds of you giving it to him.
  • Use all the resources you have, visit your statement tutors, contact friends from the year above and use the shared area examples as well, it will make things a lot easier.
  • Finally, write up and hand in as many drafts as you can and don’t focus all your efforts into one statement, test out different approaches and see which things work. It’s an extremely stressful thing to do and for most it won't just happen overnight, just trust the process, persevere and at some point, it will all just click and you’ll be ready to go.
"I think it is important that you research the course you are interested in and the type of modules that you find interesting, to ensure that you find the best university for you. It is also important to communicate with the Universities that you are interested in, especially if you do not understand something (sometimes what is written on the UCAS website is different from what is on the University website). Attend as many virtual open days that you can and learn more about the courses and what opportunities the university offers during your course and after completion of the course."

Starting to write your UCAS Personal Statement can be a daunting thought, it carries a lot of pressure as it is essentially the most important part of your application. Here are some things I wish I’d known when I was writing mine:

  • Take your time. It won’t come to you after one draft. Sometimes it takes three tries, other times thirteen
  • Don’t tell a story, universities aren’t interested in a boring retelling of your life
  • Really draw on your inspirations behind your course decision, this is what makes you unique
  • Every life achievement isn’t relevant. Obviously interests and successes associated with your course hold relevancy but something you did when you were a child probably doesn’t.
  • Do your research. Ensure you know what the course you’re applying for is all about and most importantly that it’s the right one for you.
  • Use sophisticated language. Avoid using slang and make sure your grammar is correct, without this you risk looking unprofessional.
"Look into other courses in Uni that you may not have done at A Level you could find something that you’d enjoy. Read into the subjects you’d be taking at Uni and try to contact people who are currently doing it to have a taste of what you’re signing up for. With your personal statement don’t feel arrogant or cocky when you’re writing about yourself, at the end of the day you’re trying to sell yourself to beat thousands of other applicants."



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