Writing a Personal Statement

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When you apply to study at RTSFC, we ask you to provide us with a personal statement – but how do you write one and why is it so important?

What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is a short essay that supports your college application. It gives you the opportunity to tell us, in your own words, why you wish to study at RTSFC. In particular, it should highlight why you are suitable for the courses you are applying to and how they relate to your future plans.

Why is it important?

Taking the time to write a good personal statement helps our Admissions team get to know you. It also means that you will get a lot more from our application process, which includes things like your pre-enrolment interview and our Applicant Day.

When should I write it?

Our online application form does time out after a period of inactivity so we recommend writing a personal statement before formally applying to RTSFC. This will ensure you don’t accidentally lose any of your hard work. It also makes it easier for you to get a friend or family member to check over what you have written.

How do I write it?

There isn’t one correct way to write a personal statement, but there are a few topics that we recommended you explore. Here are five prompts to get you started:

  • What is it about RTSFC that appeals to you?
  • Which courses do you want to study and why?
  • Tell us about something that you are proud of achieving.
  • What are your goals and how can we help you get there?
  • Highlight some of your hobbies and interests.

If you’re still feeling a bit unsure about writing a personal statement, take a look at this post from The Student Room which includes some example personal statements. We also like this article from UCAS which gives some more detailed advice.

Want to learn more about the RTSFC application process? Check out the How To Apply page of our website.