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Personal statement

A guide to completing your personal statement for a health and social care course

The first stage of your application to a health and social care course will be for you to write a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us more about your experiences, ambitions, skills and knowledge, and how they demonstrate your suitability for the chosen course and how they fit with the NHS values.

What might this structure look like?

Impactful opening paragraph

Show your passion for the course and career/profession within this paragraph. We want to know why you want to study your chosen course. What is it about the course or future career that gets you itching to start? Think about

  • What inspired you to want to study the course/subject?

We want to see that you understand what the course is about, and what you are hoping to sign up for. This will show us your commitment.

Center paragraph

Now it's time to really think, what makes you stand out from the crowd?

Some questions to cover would be

  • What experience do you have which is related to the qualities needed for the course?
  • What did you learn from your experiences?
  • How does your experience make you a suitable candidate for the course?
  • What transferable skills are you bringing with you?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What do you know about the profession of the course you have applied for?

You’ll have picked up valuable skills and experiences which will benefit your application and help you to answer the questions above, draw from

  • Work experience- this could include job roles you've had, volunteering work you may have done, or general life experience.
  • Reading and discovery you’ve carried out around the profession
  • Lectures or learning you’ve been exposed to which may have triggered your passion.
  • Interaction with people from different backgrounds to yourself

We’re looking for you to reflect on the skills learnt from any of the above which apply to the course you are looking to study. The NHS values are crucial to our recruitment, showing you understand and believe in them as evidenced through your experiences in life, will help us see your suitability for a health and social care course.

Be reflective

For example

“Whilst shadowing a midwife at a mother and baby drop in centre, I learned what concerns and worries a mother must go through and really understood the range of duties a midwife carries out other than the act of delivering babies. In those moments I wanted to be able to combine my interest in science with my love of people to care for mothers and their new born babies, helping them to have the best start on their journey together, physically and emotionally”

Final paragraph

There is only one you! Whilst some of your skills will be shared with other applicants what makes you truly unique are your passions and interests. Maybe you like gardening, or train spotting, or hiking, or Game of Thrones. Whatever it is we want to know what makes you, you.

Overall top tips

  • Start by writing down your achievements and skills in a list, along with your interests and hobbies. This will help you bring everything together into a structured written statement
  • Be reflective- always explain why and relate it back to the NHS values and course.
  • Spell check- ask someone you trust to help
  • Be clear and concise
  • Keep it unique and don’t copy, UCAS have a filter to check for plagiarism.

For further help and advice and to learn from our students about what transferable skills they used in their application please visit our application support page.

For further help on writing your personal statement please visit the UCAS personal statement help page.

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