Five questions to answer in your uni application

Sophia Lamberton 7 January 2022
Five questions to answer in your uni application

Secure your dream offer for this September by smashing your application with your top five questions to answer in your university application.

If you’re struggling to write your uni application or unsure how to frame your personal statement, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you're applying for a Bachelor’s degree or a Master's course, here are five questions you should be answering in your application.

1. Why do you want to study this subject?

Don't fall into the trap of answering this question with "I'm passionate about…". It’s a really cliché statement that will make the person reading your application unlikely to want to see the rest, no matter how much time you've spent writing it. You can demonstrate your enthusiasm for the subject you’re applying for through the way you talk about it.

Our best advice for answering this question is to look at the modules for the course and write about the ones that interest you the most. If you're applying to more than one university, this can get a bit trickier as you can only submit one personal statement. In this case, see if the universities you're applying to offer similar modules and discuss these in your statement.

If you've got space, write a small paragraph about why you think studying this particular subject is important. 

2. What relevant skills do you have?

Mentioning any relevant skills or experience that you have on your statement can really make you stand out from other applicants.

This is your time to show off the skills that you've gained in the classroom and through any part-time work or volunteering you've done. Even if you haven't got any relevant work experience, you're bound to have loads of transferable skills to mention in your application.

Don't forget to bring up any relevant awards or achievements you've got. The key here is to demonstrate how the skills and experience you've gained will help you with your degree.

3. What are your goals after university and how will your degree help you to achieve them?

Whether you're applying for an undergraduate degree or post-grad study, it's important to consider your career path after you graduate. You might think graduation is a long way off, especially if you're completing a three-year course, but trust me, time will fly by!

Going to university is a big step. Signing up for a degree is an expensive decision that also means you’ll have to dedicate a lot of your time to studying, so you need to make sure you're making the right choice. Be sure to write about how the skills you'll gain during your degree are relevant to your chosen career path.

Do your research: check out the university's website and attend a virtual open day to find out about the opportunities on your course to develop your skills and gain valuable experience. Many degrees provide opportunities to gain work experience through placements or to study abroad.

4. What are your main interests?

Writing about how your interests relate to your degree in your uni application can really demonstrate your passion for the subject.

Our top tip for answering this question is to look at the course modules and find ways to connect them to your hobbies. Is there a particular area of your subject that you'd like to specialise in?

5. Why do you want to study at this university?

This question is easier to answer when you're applying directly to that university instead of multiple institutions via UCAS, because you can tailor your answer to each university.

There are a few things to consider here, such as whether the university has the facilities to help you excel, such as a library archive or state-of-the-art laboratories. Does the university offer any opportunities that are unique to that institution, such as mentoring or the chance to work in industry? Mention the things you like about the university in your personal statement to give yourself the best chance of success

We hope these tips help you with your application. Good luck!

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Sophia Lamberton 7 January 2022