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How to write a great personal statement for studying business

So you have 4,000 characters of text and 47 lines in which to convince your chosen university to accept you to study Business. What could you include that will make you stand out from the competition?

Dr Sarah Preedy (pictured), lecturer on BSc (Hons) Business at Plymouth Marjon University offers her top tips for making a strong application.

  • Show your passion for the subject area. How have you developed your knowledge of business so far and what commitment have you shown to the subject area? This would include reference to relevant qualifications.
  • Are you motivated to study business? Universities want to see a positive attitude to learning and personal development. How can you show your commitment to studying business and developing your knowledge, skills and experience?
  • Be enthusiastic ā€“ what interests you about business? What do you find exciting and what do you want to know more about? Is there a current business issue that intrigues you, if so what, and why?
  • Showcase your skills and experience ā€“ what skills do you have that make you suitable for the course? Draw upon relevant life and work experience to demonstrate communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, leadership and entrepreneurial flair.
  • Outline your business related extracurricular activities or employment and volunteering experience, always explaining why you did it, what you learned and why it's relevant to studying business.
  • Check your spelling and grammar - proofread aloud and get your teachers, advisers, and family to check and then redraft until the grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct.