She's doing her a levels via an on line college and wants to study midwifery or be a paramedic. Parents not on scene. Lives on her own. She asked me about writing personal statements. I had some input on my daughters last year but would love any advice u can give me for this colleague. She's under confident to the point she hasn't told anyone that she's studying. I would like to punt her in the right direction. Thank you
Does she have relevant work experience? Is she or has she been in the care system? If she's young, i.e. normal sixth form age, she needs to have the fact that she's independent from guardian care flagged in her form. Can the online college do that on her academic reference?
Who is going to write her reference? It would be useful for them to also look over her personal statement. If she has no parental support then it is important that this is highlighted so that it can be taken into consideration. Also work experience for this course would be vital and when writing her personal statement she needs to explain the skills she has that would be relevant to the course. Many unis are looking at widening access and may offer support to prospective students to help them to apply. Might be worth her contacting the unis and enquiring.
Join St Johns. That's a must! The universities have different processes for mature students so I would find out what these are. They may well be able to apply them to this young lady. Do they all require entry via ucas? What about an access course? Look at the universities that offer the courses and speak to the faculties concerned. They may be flexible in the circumstances. (Do you do a midwifery degree now - I thought it was after a nursing degree first?). Probably way out of date!
My DDs independent school said: 1/4 about you and your achievements, 1/2 about why you want to do the course and 1/4 linking this to work experience, anything that supports your desire to do the course and further study or interests you have that are relevant to the course. The first 1/4 above should come last on the PS.
First she needs to know whether she wants to be a paramedic or a midwife! Both are massively oversubscribed and then she needs the work experience in a healthcare setting at least otherwise she absolutely won’t stand a chance. She will also bed a driving licence for the paramedic. Her PS would then be written with all that experience abd per personal qualities in mind.
DD applies for a similar course three years ago. 1000 applications for 58 places, she had weeks of volunteering and work experience and had to have an interview too. She was lucky she got an offer and is now a third year but it was a whole year of trying to getting the right experience, right the perfect PS to get an interview then practicing for the same not to mention getting the grades.
I wish her all the best but this is a really tough uni application process.