Curriculum

Check out the full Perfect Statement course curriculum - everything you need to get into your dream university

Contents





0. Welcome


  • The founder's story from college drop-out to Cambridge offer
  • How to get the most out of the Perfect Statement course 
  • Course overview: what's coming up in the next 6 sections



1. How UCAS Works


1.1 UCAS Choices


  • How do UCAS course choices work?
  • Can I apply to the same university for multiple courses? 
  • Special considerations for Oxbridge & Medical applicants

1.2 How universities make their decisions


  • What information will universities use to decide whom to accept/reject? 
  • What's most important: grades, reference, statement etc?
  • How important are admissions tests and subject interviews? 

1.3 Deadlines


  • When is the best time to start your application? 
  • Deadlines for Oxbridge & Medical applicants
  • Deadlines for all other university applicants

1.4 Getting set up on UCAS


  • How to upload your personal information to UCAS error-free
  • Do I need an employer's reference? 
  • Do I have to put down all my previous grades? 
  • I'm an international applicant - what if I haven't done A Levels or IB? 



2. Researching Courses


2.1 WTF Should You Study At University

  • How to make sure you don't end up studying a subject you hate for the next 3 years!
  • Importance of making your course decisions before starting your statement

2.2 Interactive Statement Builder Introduction


  • How to use your Interactive Statement Builder 
  • Setting up your Statement Builder with your academic background

2.3 Finding your interests & passions


  • Optional lecture: for students unsure of what to study
  • 6 questions that will drill down to your true interests & passions
  • Availability of niche courses like Asian & Middle Eastern Studies or Management & Japanese 

2.4 Finding courses to match your interests & passions


  • Optional lecture: for students unsure of what to study
  • Using UCAS course search to find subjects that meet your interests & passions
  • Expanding your course search to find related degrees 
  • How to research courses to find the information that really matters to you 
  • Myth-busting university league tables

2.5 I'm completely clueless


  • Optional lecture: for students still completely unsure of what to study
  • Recommendations of the most interesting courses to take in the UK 
  • Flexible degrees where you can specialise whatever you want 

2.6 Finding courses when you already know what you want to study


  • For students who already know what subject they want to study 
  • How to compare similar courses using UCAS course search

2.7 Refining your course search


  • Myth-busting university league tables 
  • Using the Perfect Statement league table to further refine your course search 
  • How to determine which courses carry the highest prestige & best reputation

2.8 - 2.15 Narrowing it down - FAQs


  • Overview of common questions students have when choosing their final UCAS course choices: 
    • What's more important for jobs: the degree or the university?
    • Does my degree have to be related to my future career?
    • Can I apply to multiple courses at the same university?
    • Can I apply for different subjects at different universities? 
    • What is a firm? 
    • What's an insurance? 
    • Do I need a safety?
    • My predicted grades are not high enough - should I still apply? 

2.16 How to increase your predicted grades


  • Six-step bullet-proof guide to increasing your predicted grades
  • Scripts & persuasion techniques to convince your teachers to say "yes!"
  • Alternative strategies if your teachers really won't budge

2.17 Open Days


  • How to use Open Days to get an unfair advantage over other applicants
  • What questions to ask students & how to use this information to get an edge
  • What questions to ask lecturers & how to use this information to get an edge

2.18 UCAS Student Contact Service


  • How to use our UCAS Student Contact Service
  • We'll get in touch with students studying at your dream universities on your behalf 
  • Get inside information to create the perfect application 

2.19 Emailing lecturers


  • How to politely get in touch with university lecturers for extra information & answers to your most burning questions

2.20 Making the final decision


  • Tips to make your final course decisions
  • Using the UCAS offer rate calculator to evaluate likelihood of being accepted
  • Diversifying your applications between dream, realistic and safety universities

3. Planning the Perfect Statement


3.1 WTF is a personal statement?


  • What is a personal statement? 
  • What are university admissions tutors actually looking for? 
  • How long should a personal statement be? 

3.2 Structure


  • How to structure the perfect statement
  • What Oxford, Imperial's & other top Russell Group universities recommend
  • What emphasis to place on extracurriculars

3.3 Introduction - Don't do this!


  • How to avoid infuriating admissions tutors with cliché introductions
  • Examples of the worst personal statement introductions
  • Common introductions that seem like good ideas but backfire in practice

3.4 The specific example introduction


  • How you should start a personal statement
  • A winning formula that works for all subjects while keeping it 100% personal & original
  • Deconstructing examples of excellent personal statement introductions from Oxbridge students

3.5 Finding your own example


  • How to write your own killer personal statement introduction
  • Exercises to dig up a personal statement intro, totally unique to you 
  • How  to use: holidays, family, frustrations, obsessions & work experience

3.6 Using the news to find your own example


  • If you can't find an example that matches the required introduction criteria
  • A bullet-proof method to finding a unique example using the news 

3.7 Formulating your own introduction


  • From example idea to extensively researched introduction
  • How to link your specific example to a subject research
  • How to build a compelling motivation story (even if you don't have one!)

3.8 More worked examples


  • Worked examples from 10+ subjects 
  • Each worked example explains how to take your specific example and build a compelling narrative around it
  • Tips for extensive subject research & how to find the right information to include 

3.8 Moving on


  • Wrapping up your plan for the perfect introduction
  • Introducing the middle section of the personal statement

3.9 Topic paragraphs


  • An overview of topic paragraphs - the meat & bones of a killer personal statement
  • Examples of general topic paragraph structure

3.10 Topic paragraph examples


  • Deconstructing examples of successful topic paragraphs from Oxbridge students 
  • Underlying framework to produce a well-evidenced, interesting topic paragraph
  • What a good reflection looks like

3.11 Constructing your own topic paragraphs


  • How to make use of our resource lists & book summaries
  • How to use our interactive statement builder to write up your own reflections
  • What resources to include in your topic paragraphs: academic papers? online courses? books?

3.12 Books & book summaries


  • How to reflect on books & use our Perfect Statement book summaries
  • How to further research books you've found interesting 

3.13 Articles


  • How to reflect on articles & further research interesting threads 

3.14 Online lectures & talks


  • How to reflect on online lectures & talks 
  • How to use Youtube to further research your topic 

3.15 Online courses


  • How to use online courses to prove your academic commitment & ability 
  • How to reflect on what you've learnt from online courses

3.16 Academic papers


  • How to read academic papers & understand their conclusions 
  • How to reflect on academic papers in your personal statement without embarrassing yourself!

3.17 Using your own resources for reflections


  • How to use information from current students and lecturers to devise your own resource list
  • How to include work experience, essay competitions and other activities you've already completed 

3.18 Extra tips on writing excellent reflections


  • A further series of worked examples so you can see exactly how to write an excellent reflection

3.19 Extra-curricular paragraph


  • What to include in your extracurriculars paragraph
  • Examples of winning extracurriculars paragraphs
  • Deconstruction of Oxbridge examples so you can see the underlying structure

3.20 Writing your extra-curricular reflections


  • How to use the interactive statement builder to effortlessly construct your extra-curricular paragraph in bullet point form 
  • How to link to skills & include impressive details 

3.21 What to do if you don't have any extracurriculars


  • 5 easy extra-curricular activities you can start right now and include in your personal statement tomorrow
  • How to include each of these activities for maximum impact 

3.22 You're almost there!


  • You've now got your entire personal statement written up in bullet-point form
  • Congratulations!

4. The Statement Bank


4.1 How the statement bank works


  • Before you write your final statement, you'll see 250+ example statements
  • Each statement has detailed analytical feedback from university lecturers & admissions tutors
  • You'll see exactly what universities really want!

4.2 Anti-plagiarism warning


  • Explanation of the UCAS Copycatch system 
  • Inspiration vs. direct copy
  • How to get the most out of the statement bank without plagiarising! 

4.3 Anti-plagiarism warning


  • How to interpret the comments from university lecturers & admissions tutors 
  • Cuts, edits, general comments, red comments & green comments 

4.4 Access to the Statement Bank


  • How to access the statement bank!

5. Writing the Perfect Statement


5.1 Writing the perfect introduction


  • Converting your bullet-point plan from Part 3 into the perfect introduction
  • What phrases to use
  • What phrases to avoid 
  • How to make it flow & create a convincing narrative 

5.2 Writing the perfect topic paragraph


  • Converting your reflections from from Part 3 into the perfect set of topic paragraphs
  • What phrases to use
  • What phrases to avoid 
  • How to link back to your target course at the end of each paragraph

5.3 Writing the perfect extracurricular paragraph


  • Converting your reflections from from Part 3 into the perfect extra-currricular paragraph
  • How to segue from academic to extra-curricular
  • How to mention your impressive specific details without sounding boastful

5.4 Writing the perfect conclusion line


  • Constructing your final conclusion line 
  • How to summarise your entire statement in a single line
  • How to make a lasting impact on admissions tutors 

5.5 Making it specific!


  • How to avoid generic, nebulous sentences 
  • How to replace them with specific, interesting & compelling details

5.5 Make it flow


  • How to segue between paragraphs and reflections
  • How to create a statement that effortlessly "flows"

5.5 Cutting cheese & clichés


  • How to replace "cheesy" or clichéd language

5.6 Cutting Thesaurus words


  • How to avoid "Thesaurus" words
  • Words that sounds out of place - as if you've looked them up in a Thesaurus just to sound clever 

5.7 Cutting repetition


  • How to avoid repeating yourself 
  • In particular, repetition of the word "I" and key phrases like "passion", "interest" etc. 
  • How to create variation in sentence length and vocabulary 
  • Extremely useful synonym phrase list 

5.8 Cutting out waffle

  • Every word counts 
  • Students often waffle on too much 
  • Techniques to spot waffle, saving precious characters & debloating the statement

5.9 What to avoid


  • What not to mention in your personal statement
  • Includes comments on humour, arrogance & talking down to universities 

5.10 Spelling & grammar errors!


  • Common spelling & grammatical errors made by students
  • Less obvious errors that infuriate examiners - e.g. "practice" vs "practise"
  • Comments on colloquial language and abbreviation

6. Editing


6.1 Feedback from friends & family


  • How to get useful, critical feedback from friends & family 
  • Questions to ask & checklist of common pitfalls to look out for

6.2 Feedback from teachers


  • How to get useful, critical feedback from teachers 
  • Questions to ask & checklist of common pitfalls to look out for

6.3 Feedback from Perfect Statement


  • Sending off your statement for review by our Perfect Statement team 
  • How to get the most out of your reviews 
  • How to follow feedback and guidance for maximum improvement

6.4 Congratulations!


  • You're done!
  • That's your perfect personal statement complete!
  • Be proud 🙂