Life After Sixth Form

Helping you get that university place or career

Personal Statement & Reference Advice

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During LAMA week, as form tutors we were privileged to have a very useful session with Mike Nicholson, the senior admissions officer at Oxford University, and formerly of Essex and Newcastle universities. His talk was not specific to Oxbridge admissions, and he drew on his extensive experience and contacts across the full range of universities and colleges. 

He covered issues relevant to producing both the UCAS reference and personal statement, as well as more general advice about university applications. I took extensive notes throughout the session (see below), and rather than filtering out the material about references which is more applicable to your tutors, I think it will be useful for you to see everything to give you a better idea of how the personal statement and reference need to work together to present you in the best possible light.

One of the ways that you in 13A (or indeed others) can show that you are maturing and developing as serious candidates for higher education is to engage with this material. If there’s anything you want clarifying, just ask. If you have any questions, comments or ideas of your own, let’s see them. Don’t be afraid if you think your comment/question might be daft: universities are looking for enaged and engaging, inquisitive students, so I look forward to  seeing your own blogs fully updated with everything you have done / want to do / will be doing in support of your applications for higher education or work.


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