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Tips for making an application

There isn't a right or a wrong way to write your application, but there are a number of things that you should consider to make your application stand out from the crowd. Knowing what the assessors look for is the key to catching their eye.

How can I write a good application?

Selectors will take into account a number of different factors when assessing your application:

  • Your academic profile (qualifications and predicted A-level grades)
  • Your personal statement
  • Your academic reference

You can help to make your academic reference relevant by making sure that the person who will be writing your reference knows why you want to study the subject you have chosen to apply for.

Warwick offers intensive, challenging and stimulating undergraduate degrees and our successful applicants will be those who can convince us that their qualifications, motivation and experience will suit them well for such degree courses. You should be able to demonstrate how your previous study and experiences have given you a keen interest in the subject to which you have applied. Additionally, a number of our courses require previous advanced-level study in a particular subject; any specific subject requirements for a particular course of study and listed by degree in the Degree A-Z as well as on the UCAS website.

You can also make your application stand out from the crowd by paying careful attention to what you put into and how you write your personal statement.

What should I include in my personal statement?

This could be your only chance to impress the selector. Before you write your statement you might want to consider the following:

  • What is it that really interests you about this subject? Are there particular areas of the subject that really grab your attention and make you want to study it in more depth?
  • Have you read widely outside your exam syllabus? Don't just list your wider reading; say what you thought about it, how it relates to other aspects of the subject, and how it has helped to develop your thinking.
  • If you have applied for a joint or interdisciplinary degree, can you show that your are really committed to studying all the subjects that the degree entails, and have you made connections between the various areas of study?
  • What do you hope following this course will do for you personally? What do you hope to get out of it?
  • Do you have a particular career or area of work in mind which you hope the course will help you to enter?
  • Assess your skills and abilities – what are your strengths and skills and how would you use and build on them in following this course?

Remember that the person reading your application form will want to know in what ways you ‘connect’ with your chosen subject. They will look for motivated students who can articulate their aims and have the potential to succeed on the course.

With this in mind, you might want to think about how any of your extra-curricular activities and/or work experience could illustrate your interest in your chosen subject or show evidence of skills which would be particularly useful to that field of study. Although we are keen to hear about your work experience and extra-curricular activities, they should not dominate your personal statement; remember that you are applying for an academic course of study, and the limited space available to you for your personal statement should predominantly focus on this.

You also need to think about the structure of your statement. A well-structured, thoughtfully written statement can convey your suitability for and commitment to the course. Take care with spelling and grammar, and make sure that your ideas are expressed clearly and intelligently.

Finally, make sure your statement reflects YOU and that you sound interested and interesting!

Important information to include

If you remember the following your application process will run more smoothly as we will be able to make a decision more quickly and we won't have to apply certain extra conditions to any offer of a place.

  • Your application should contain a reference from a teacher at your most recent place of study.
  • Your referee should state your predicted grades.
  • If you are applying independently from a school or college ('Independent Apply') your referee should cite a school or college email address as a contact email, not a personal one.
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