Student Finance Without Ucas Personal Statement

Tuition fees

If you live in Wales, you can apply for a tuition fee loan (repayable) to cover tuition fees, regardless of where you choose to study in the UK. This will be paid directly to your university or college by Student Finance Wales. You can apply from February, and you don’t need to have a confirmed offer of a place at uni to start the process.

The Welsh government has some useful information about the financial support available on  its website.

Apply to Student Finance Wales


Maintenance

All eligible students will receive £1,000 a year for accommodation and living costs. Students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested maintenance grant. The grant amount will be based on household income, with the highest level of support going to those most in need.

Students who do not receive a full grant will also be able to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance Wales. This is repayable and the amount depends on where you will be living. You can apply from February, and you don’t need to have a confirmed offer of a place at uni to start the process.

Apply to Student Finance Wales


Financial incentives​

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offers additional funding if you study subjects through the medium of Welsh.

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has more info – contact them on 01267 610 400 or at gwybodaeth@colegcymraeg.ac.uk.


Other

Travel expenses – if you are undertaking a clinical placement in the UK or studying abroad as part of your studies, you may be able to claim some of your costs. This grant can cover expenses such as medical insurance, visas, and vaccinations.

There are extra grants available to help support you through your studies, depending on your personal circumstances. There's help available for students who have children, adult dependants, or a disability.

How to start? What do I talk about? Your personal statement marks the very beginning of your journey into third level education. Whether it’s for undergrad, postgrad or PhD it’s the first chance you have to impress. So it’s worth putting time aside and really thinking about what you want to say. Use these tips to stand out from the crowd!

How long is a personal statement?

It really depends on what university you are applying to. In general personal statements are essays. The length of these essays ranges from 200 – 500 words or 900 -2,000 words. UCAS, for instance, allows for 4,000 characters with a maximum of 47 lines.  That’s roughly 500 words to write everything you believe a University would want to know…which isn’t that much. So make sure to structure the information efficiently, choose what you want to say and be concise.

 

How to structure your postgraduate Personal Statement

A well-structured essay can make all the difference. Remember you are trying to impress course admission tutors. They are probably academics themselves and can spot a poorly structured essay. They will also enjoy reading a fluent, well planned personal statement which could give you the edge.

 

Write out the points you want to make. Then follow this method:

  1. What was the action?
  • “I was head of the debating team”
  1. What was the benefit of the action?
  • “I learned how to formulate arguments”
  1. Why would this benefit the course?
  • “As a potential law student I believe making concise, logical arguments will greatly help me to succeed in this course”

 

Try the method below for the actual essay structure:

 

Introduction – Why do you want to study this course?

 

Academic achievements – What skills have you gained from education that will be relevant to the course and that you are proud of?

 

Work Experience – What skills have you acquired by working a part-time/summer job?

 

Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities – What achievements have you had in your personal life? How will they help you in the course?

 

Conclusion – A summary of what you just said and why you think you would be well suited for the course.

 

7 Tips to ace your personal statement:

 

Don’t copy and paste:

It is always wise to apply to more than one university. Resist the urge to just copy and paste the same personal statement for all your choices. Each university (and each course) will be looking for different criteria in potential students. It’s up to you to suit the course, not vice versa. Give yourself the best chance and make a personal statement for each application.

 

Demonstrate you have researched the course and university

People like to talk about themselves. The same thing can be said for universities. Make sure to demonstrate you have researched the course and university. Consider the fact that admission tutors often draft course outlines. This often takes months of planning and a lot of effort. If you can demonstrate your research into the course they have drafted they will naturally be interested in your personal statement.

 

Hook the reader in with the first line

A “hook” is used to describe an opening that immediately grabs the audience's attention. Think of any of your favourite tv shows; Game of Thrones, House of Cards etc. how many of these shows opened the very first scene of the very first episode with something that immediately absorbed you?

You have to think of the person reading your personal statement in the same way. Some ways of doing this are:

  1. Start with a famous quote
  2. Start with a question
  3. Start with a fact

 

Spell Check 

 

Spellcheck, spellcheck, spellcheck. Admission officers can be pretty ruthless when it comes to correct spelling. Don’t put your first choice at risk! Read through your personal statement 3 times before submitting it. If possible have someone else read over it also.

 

**Tip – The UCAS personal statement is submitted online. Make sure to write your first few drafts in a word processor. It is easier to spot spelling (and grammar mistakes) and can be backed up.

 

Don’t Lie! 

In the age of the internet, it is easy to verify the truth of an application. It’s very difficult to lie in your personal statement. Universities will research their students before sending an acceptance letter and can easily spot where people have fabricated the truth. If you are caught doing it…you simply won’t be admitted. It’s not worth the risk.

 

Try the Studentroom personal statement builder

Without a doubt, the toughest part of a personal statement is just stating it. Most students struggle at the beginning. Which is why the student room personal statement builder is really useful. It’s free – all you need to do is sign up

 

Can’t think of what to write? Try starting with these 3 questions:

-What is interesting about you outside of school (hobbies, extracurricular activities)

-What skills do you already possess that you can further develop in the course?

-How have you developed through your undergrad? What’s changed about you?

 

Best of luck with your personal statement! If you need any help financially throughout your time in university be sure to give us a call :)

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