The Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) is a non-profit organization that operates most of the application process for British universities. Students wishing to apply for undergraduate degrees in the UK, such as a BA, as well as some postgraduate courses, do so through the UCAS portal. For undergraduate courses, students fill in personal details and apply to a maximum of five different programmes with the same “personal statement” (PS), an explanation as to why the candidate is suitable for the programme. This information is relayed by UCAS through to universities which either reject the applicant, or accept “conditionally” (provided the candidate meets some criterion e.g. their predicted grades) or “unconditionally” (acceptance irrespective of final grade).
Excluding performance in exams, the PS is the deciding factor on admittance to universities through UCAS. The PS allows candidates to write about their achievements, their interest in the course they apply for, and their suitability and commitment to higher education. The maximum length is 4000 characters or 47 lines, whichever comes first. A perfectly written PS is crucial to acceptance in universities in the UK, as this is usually the only mitigating factor apart from grades that determines admissions, unlike in the United States where universities take other factors, including college essays and extracurricular activities, into consideration. Writing a PS is tricky since, unless applying to Oxbridge, candidates must write something general enough to apply for up to five different courses, and specific enough to explain suitability for each specific course.
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