So, it’s nearly here. The 2021 UCAS application deadline. With all the confusion and interruptions that have plagued the recent school year, it may have been tempting to push writing your personal statement to the bottom of your to-do list. With Christmas, January assessments and the general disruptions of home learning, the university application deadline may have seemed far away. As the New Year’s excitement fades and morphs back into daily life, a new application stress has been setting in for national and international students alike. First and foremost, don’t panic! There is still time and we’re here to help.
In light of the unprecedented and unique challenges faced by this year’s budding university cohort, UCAS has announced that students hoping to join a majority of undergraduate programmes will have an extra two weeks to complete their applications, sliding the deadline to January 29th 2021. However, due to processing constraints, some programmes are still sticking to the January 15th deadline, UCAS has published a search tool so that you can ascertain which closing date applies to your course/s.
It can be easy to look at the online forums or your classmates and think that the entire upcoming university base has put their applications in and you’re still deciding which course to take. However, this is simply not the case, many students opt for last-minute entries and the pressure to create your application in a tight deadline can often lead to mistakes and a sloppy personal statement. That’s where we come in. We take the stress out of applying and, with our team of expert academic writers, we work with the information you provide us to create a model statement that is individualised to your experience and field of interest. With our three-day and next-day delivery services, you can have a bespoke or edited statement before Friday’s application deadline.
Whether a university application was submitted last September or uploaded five minutes before the cut-off, the UCAS ‘equal consideration’ deadline ensures that all applications are treated the same. No student should be disadvantaged for applying closer to the January 15th or January 29th deadlines. With this in mind, it is equally important to meet the level of competition posed by fellow undergraduate applicants and the personal statement is one of the core means of doing so. In response, the statement provides you with the opportunity to showcase your achievements, experience and ambitions. It offers you a way to tell the applications team why they should invite you into their 2021 cohort over other budding applicants.
Two of the biggest reasons why students delay writing their personal statement are that they are unsure how to write it and what to include. There can be a lot riding on the one document and it can seem miles apart from the third-person and question-and-answer style of writing that is usually drilled into classrooms across the country. Even with the right style, how can you boil down a lifetime of your most relevant achievements to just 4,000 characters? Add a ticking clock on top of this and the whole thing can seem impossible. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. By working through a framework explaining why you’re interested in the course, how your previous subject and workplace experience relate to the programme, any extracurricular achievements and how associated soft skills and qualities make you a good candidate, the foundation of a comprehensive personal statement can be built. Add a flowing structure and professional language and you have a high-quality, informative and stand-out-from-the-crowd statement. Our consultants work from these requirements every day to develop exceptional and tailored example statements for you to work from.
So, there you have it. With the UCAS deadline just a few days away for many courses, it is time to push your application to the top of your priorities this week. If you are unsure about any of our services or would like to find out more then give Oxbridge Personal Statements a call so that we may help you take the next step into an exciting future.