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Include gap year details in Personal Statement

Uploaded by rob22 | Jul 31, 2008 | UCAS Personal Statements
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rob22 asks:

I am an As Student studying chemistry, biology and maths and have started to apply for university but have a problem with my personal statement. I want a gap year. is it necessary to state that in my personal statement?

etutor answers:

It is true that a few major universities continue to be suspicious of a Gap Year for applicants in scientific subjects, unless they are confidently predicted A grades in all A level subjects - an excellent AS record is very helpful here too. Many other universities don't mind a Gap Year at all, and often positively welcome it. This is particularly true if you plan to study either Biology or Chemistry, though be careful if it is Medicine or Vet. Medicine or Dentistry that's on your agenda,

The key point about a Gap Year is that you need in your Personal Statement to explain exactly what your plans are, and suggest also that they are well advanced. in other words, it needs to be a constructive venture that you have in mind (and not an extended beach holiday in Australia!). It can readily incoporate two or more (contrasting) placements or activities. And if there is some link with science along the way (even cleaning up the environment in some far-flung place will do!) then all the better.

It is essential to state the Gap Year intention in your Personal Statement. It is highly dangerous to accept a place offered for 2009 and themn tell them in the summer after A level results are published that you'd now like to come in 2010 instead. Admissions tutors are under no obligation whatever to say yes.

I hope this is helpful.

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