Writing Personal Statements

Mini Career Course: Applying for a Masters

This mini career course is designed to help you to prepare to make applications for Masters degrees. Key resources are highlighted and you will have the opportunity to review extracts from personal statements.

Mini Career Course: Applying for a PhD

This mini career course is designed to help you to prepare to make applications for PhD level study. Key resources are highlighted.

Mini Career Course: Applying for Initial Teacher Education (PGDE)

This mini career course will consider the different ways of applying to postgraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the UK, with a focus on the PGDE in Scotland. The course should take around 30 minutes to complete.

Personal statements for postgraduate applications (Prospects)

Advice on what to include in a personal statement for a postgraduate course application. There are tips on how to structure the statement and how to start and end it well.

Personal statement guidance for Teacher Education applicants (UCAS)

Advice on what to include in your personal statement for PGDE applications.

Personal statement: PGCE/ PGDE secondary application (Prospects)

Sample personal statement for applying for a PGDE/ PGCE course.

Advice and Tips on Personal Statements for Teacher Training Applications

Guidelines on how to create an effective personal statement for your PGDE/CE application (compiled by Education Careers Advisers for AGCAS Scotland).

Job Application Advice including Power Words (AGCAS)

This document contains useful information on how to complete application forms effectively. There is advice on: demonstrating evidence of the skills employers are looking for, answering common questions, writing personal statements, analysing adverts to match your skills to the job specification and using power words to emphasise your suitability for the job.