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I have always had an interest in the way things work, and since I was young, science has been one of my favourite subjects. My interest in sciences, particularly physics, has developed
throughout my time at school, and I enjoy the challenge of using scientific and mathematical
ideas when solving everyday problems. Last year I took part in the Engineering Education
Scheme, working alongside three other students, with the local water company, to work on a
project involving the removal of sludge from a drinking water clarification tank. This helped
me to develop time management, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as we encountered
several problems along the way (mostly involving the sludge), as well as having to cope with
each other for long hours in order to meet deadlines. I found this both challenging and
rewarding and achieved a Gold Crest Award as well as being able to take part in the regional
final of the Young Engineers for Britain competition. The scheme gave me a useful insight
into the types of problems that engineers have to solve, and convinced me that engineering is
the career path I want to follow. I aim to secure sponsorship for my course with a local
company, as this will provide me with the experience of industrial work during the holidays,
as well as helping me financially through my time at university.
I believe that good links between engineers and businesses are essential for an efficient and
profitable future for British industry. Studying Economics to AS-level, along with sciences and
Maths, has helped me to understand some of the scientific principles behind production and
management techniques. Physics has taught me about how things behave, and how these
properties can be used in solving both practical and theoretical solutions. Studying biology
has helped me to appreciate the role that engineers can play in helping to balance industry
and natural environment. My favourite part of the course is the environment module, as I
enjoy learning about how different species can adapt to their surroundings. Mathematics
gives me the opportunity to apply familiar concepts to unfamiliar situations, and I enjoy the
challenge of solving mathematical problems. I also find further Maths enjoyable, as I find it
more challenging than my normal Maths lessons.
Alongside my school work, I have been studying an Open University science short course
entitles ï¿½Food and Health: A Chemical Storyï¿½. I enjoy working on the course, as it helps to
broaden my scientific reading, and covers interesting topics in more depth than my school
studies. It also helps me with my independent study and time management skills. I am due
to complete the course at the end of October.
I like to be involved in other aspects of school life, for example I took part in the junior mock
trial competition lower down the school. Last year I was assistant house captain, helping
encourage younger members of my house in competitions. I helped backstage in the sixth
form show, which I intend to do again this year. I am a year eight ï¿½buddyï¿½, which involves
helping an able younger student with extra schoolwork. I take drama lessons out of school,
and recently passed Guildhall Grade 6 solo acting with honours. I have been involved in five
musicals since starting at this school, and am currently rehearsing for my first principal role in
the schoolsï¿½ production of ï¿½Les Miserablesï¿½. I have also taken part in several productions with
local youth theatre and amateur dramatics societies, ranging from William Shakespeare to
Willy Russell. I play the violin in the school orchestra, and enjoy singing in the school choir. I
also take part in music activities outside of school, and am involved in groups such as Burton
Sinfonial and Staffordshire Youth Choir.
Although at the moment I intend to complete a degree in manufacturing engineering, I do not
feel that I am in the best position to make any final decisions about my career yet, and have
chosen courses with the first year (and in some cases the second year) common to degree
programmes in many disciplines of engineering. My experiences of engineering so far have
been both challenging and rewarding, and I hope that my future career will be too.
*This person got 5 offers including an offer from Cambridge.
BTEC Health Studies Personal Statement
The time I have spent on the BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies has been informative,
challenging and enjoyable. During this course I have particularly enjoyed the modules on
Psychology, Equality, Diversity and Rights and Microbiology. Undertaking this course has
prepared me for the academic challenges, which I may face in university life.
I have decided to apply for cultural Studies and sociology, Criminology and Contemporary
culture, Medical and Environmental Microbiology and sociology. I have made these choices as
I have a passionate interest for these subjects. Through my BTEC I have been given the
chance to touch on these subjects and also before applying I researched the courses by going
online and contacting a careers advisor, and I would like very much to study one of them to
During the BTEC course I have earned my key skills certificates and a food hygiene certificate
and have also undertaken a number of work placements. These placements have allowed me
to observe the type of work involved within various caring professions.
During my time on work placement I have undertaken work experience at *** ***** County
Primary School, *** **** Residential Home and I have also spent time at the ******* Hospital
Childrenï¿½s Centre and ***** Ward, which is situated in the ******* Hospital I have also had
experience with the District Nurses. These placement have given me good people skills and
communication skills, they have also given me self-confidence. I also used to work voluntarily
in the Cafe in the ******* Hospital, which I enjoyed very much as I got on with the other
employees very well.
I am currently working for an employment agency at various places, mainly factories as a
I am currently unsure about my future career and am hoping my time on the course will help
me decide what I ultimately do.
I am a good listener, independent, organised and self disciplined which should prove
invaluable preparation for life at university.
I enjoy socialising with my friends and meeting new people. I enjoy listening to all sorts of
music but I am particularly interested in rock, acoustic and indie music. I like watching films;
I also am currently learning to play the bass guitar.
Earlier this year I started a nursing course but found it was not for me, as I realised my
interests lie in sociology and cultural related studies, although I feel the time I spent on the
course showed me what university life is really like and I feel I gained a lot from the
I feel that BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies has helped to prepare me for university
life and skills required for the course and hope you will look favorably upon my application.
*This person wrote this statement for a foundation year to progress to a degree and all offers
Computer Games Programming Personal Statement
I find the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Games Physics interesting and so I have
decided to study a course to include these areas. I am currently studying an A level in
Information Technology in which I have used Visual Basic in Microsoft Excel and Access.
At home I have used the action script language in Macromedia Flash to build an
interactive personal website. I found this aspect of computing very interesting and so I
will really enjoy programming in C++ and other programming languages. I am also
studying an A level in Mathematics that I really enjoy. This would be useful for many
parts of the course such as games physics.
When Iï¿½ve played computer games in the past I have always wanted to be able to
create something similar. Consequently, the computer games programming course
stood out as something that I really wanted to do. I have used some software
programmes such as Mocrosoft Visual Basic, Softimage \ XSI ESP 3.0, Discreet 3DS MAX 5
(evaluation version) and Maya Personal Learning Edition. I would like to see peopleï¿½s
enjoyment when playing a game, knowing that I took part in producing it.
I have e-mailed a few programming companies such as Valve Software, id software,
Lionsoft, Electronic Arts and Codemasters explaining my situation and asking whether it
would be better to take a games programming course or a software development
course and learn game specific items afterwards or in my spare time. All of the replies
advised me to take the computer games programming course as this way I would
already possess the games programming knowledge.
Undertaking my work experience as a sales assistant in a computer store allowed me to
develop skills such as working in a team and dealing with customers. Although I was
working with others a lot of the time, I also had to work independently. This allowed
me to use my own initiative and solve problems.
Whilst attending Sutton High Sports College, I have done a large amount of voluntary
work. During years 10 and 11, I helped with the schools open days and sports days
where I did scoring. I also took part in after school activities such as playing music.
Outside of school I have helped at ï¿½Darby and Joanï¿½sï¿½ which is for old aged pensioners
where they can get together for company, and to talk and play bingo. Year 12 saw me
helping with the year 6 curriculum induction day, and assisting with scoring on both the
schoolï¿½s open day and the St. Helens Athletic finals. Participation in a first aid course
gained me a certificate in ï¿½Emergency Aid in the workplace for Appointed Personsï¿½.
This involved areas such as resuscitation and control of bleeding.
Hobbies and interests include reading books; the genres preferred being science fiction
and horror. I also like playing piano of which I am currently working towards grade 8,
and I have played ï¿½The Skatersï¿½ Waltz at Parr Hall (a concert Hall) in Warrington. I
enjoy using my computer for playing games, including playing games online, and using
the internet to keep up to date with current news in the computing and gaming world,
new hardware and software releases.
My interests cover a wide area, which I believe will help me in both academic and
social life at university.
My aim is to become a computer games programmer developing any type of game for
PC or console, and I believe that a university course will help me achieve my goal.
Business Personal Statement
My decision to apply for a degree in Business is due to my desire to aim for a career in
the promotion of electronic music. This initiated from a visit to London, where I had
the opportunity to experience the deeply fascinating influences of the local club scene
to the culture of our times. This experience made my involvement with that specific
branch of the music industry a primary objective.
During the following years I succeeded in establishing a presence within a field I knew
very little about, even at the expense of other activities. In fact, I managed to occupy
myself in an independent record store, where apart from being given a chance to be
involved in the management of the business I was also given an opportunity to test my
creative skills, by creating a web page to promote the company.
Furthermore, the Economics and Business courses I attended during my studies in the
International Baccalaureate gave me the opportunity to utilise and put into perspective
the knowledge I had previously acquired through personal experience. This, made me
realise the effect that a university education would have upon me both as person and
as future professional.
Hence, if I were given the opportunity to continue my studies along these lines I would
be more than willing to devote myself to the hard work necessary in order to qualify
for a degree. I am fully aware of the effort as well as the risks involved, still it is the
advice of a friend that inspires me ï¿½do what your heart says ï¿½ it will bring your greater