Writing a Personal Statement

As part of your application to study at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, we ask you to include a personal statement – but how do you write one and why is it so important?

Firstly, What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is a short piece of writing about you that makes up part of your college application. This is your chance to let us know why you want to study at Richard Taunton in your own words. It should highlight why you are suitable for the courses that you are applying for and how they relate to your future plans.

Why is a personal statement 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 interview and our Applicant Event.

When should I write it?

It is a good idea to write your personal statement before filling out our online application form. By doing this, you will avoid accidentally losing any of your hard work and will make it easier to get a friend or family member to look at what you have written.

How do I write my personal statement?

There is no right or wrong way to write a personal statement, but there are a few topics that we recommend you explore. Here are five prompts to get you started:

  • What is it about Richard Taunton 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 UCAS which includes some example personal statements. We also like this article from The Student Room which gives some more detailed advice.

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