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Degree: History of Art and Architectural History (Masters) - Edinburgh University
|History of Art||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Philosophy and Ethics||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Religious Studies||A Level||£20 /hr|
|History of Art||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|Religious Studies||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|Philosophy and Ethics||A-Level||A*|
The key to writng a good personal statement is making yourself stand out from the rest. Universities receive thousands of applications, with the majority of students grade predications meeting the requirements. Therefore although grades are important, your personality, interests and extra curricular activities also play a huge role in your application. Try and include a variation of interests and extra curricular activities, for example even if you are a really sporty person, instead of listing all the sports you play make sure to show evidence of your academic interests as well. Do not just list the things which you have done, but relate them to your skills and attributes. For example, if you have completed the duke of edinburgh award, make sure to include what skills this has enhanced which they may be looking for, for example commitment, determination and communication skills.
One of the main things that universities look for is a student who is truly passionate about the subject which they are applying to study. So how do you demonstrate this? Show knowledge of your subject that is attained outside the classroom. Read books, visit places and institutons, and consider work expierances in industries which your degree could potentially lead you to. Studying an EPQ (extended project qualification) can be a great way to demonstrate your passion and dedication to your subject, and show many transferrable skills which the university are looking for, such as time management, critical analysis and indipendant working skills. Similarly you could consider entering an indipendant essay writing competition, these are often run by universities. If you have your heart set on a particular university, you can research particular modules or facilities which they have and talk briefly about these on your personal statement, this shows you are committed to the university.
Utilise your word count to your advantage. Other sections in the application will show things like grades, so check what information the university will already receive alongside your personal statement to avoid it being repetitive and wasting word count on something they already know. Make sure the spelling, punctuation and grammar is of the highest standard, a failure to do this shows a lack of effort and dedication.see more
Studying an EPQ (Extended project qualification) is done alongside your A levels during sixth form. It is not compulsary and is completed in your own time. An EPQ will be on a topic of your choice and can cover almost anything, be acaemic or non academic, and it is therefore a great way to not only demonstrate your knowledge but also increase your understanding of something which really interests you. The process is very time consuming, and you must find time to put in all the hours continously for the duration of the project. Alongside your project you will be required to fill out a log and write reports, as well as work on your essay or project, and therefore it requires constant dedication. You will be given a tutor who will help you greatly with the planning and undertaking of your project. Of course they are not allowed to help you with the content but they will make sure you are on track and supported.
There are many benefits of the project however which in my opinion makes it really worth while and something to seriously consider. It is especially useful if you are applying to university and can give your personal statement that little bit extra which sets you apart from your competators and may win you the place. Studying an EPQ shows great commitment, disapline and organisation. It requires time management, communication, critical analysis skills and indipendance, which is not only beneficial in your application to university but also will help you cope with the demanding nature of studying a degree. If you choose to study a subject which was not offered at your school and you therefore have no previous knowledge of the subject an EPQ can be a great way to show dedication and interest.
An EPQ varies on wether you choose to write an essay or undertake a project. An essay is 2,000 words long which is generally the length you will be faced with upon starting university, so it is good practise for that. A project can be anything from writing a short story to hoding an event to creating something. Despite which of these options you choose you will be required to do a lot of planning and demonstrate your work process. A lot of points are rewarded for critical analysis, and adapting to problems that arise. You will be required to submit a log showing your workings, frequent reports, the essay or project and then often a presentation at the end of this.
Although this does seem like a lot of work, the benefits of an EPQ for your CV, personal statement or university application are undeniable. If you work continously and set aside time everyweek the workload is very managable, and you will find it leaves you with many transferrable skills to apply in later life or at university.see more
Philosophy and ethics is a broad essay based subject which gives you a range of knowledge and understanding of many philosophical concepts, key thinkers, themes, texts and ways of thinking. It also drawns light on key ethical issues which remain incredibly important to this day, such as cloning, abortion and animal testing. During your studies you will cover many theories and study the works of many key philosophers and thinkers, from Plato to Aristotle, to Kant and Freud.
The content covered is very varied and interresting, and will offer a new perspective and encourange you to consider things from an analytic and challenging perspective. It will give you a new view on the key issues which face modern society today.The subject will also leave you with many transferrable skills which will be very useful not only for your future studies but in your everyday life and in how you approach situations and problems with which you are faced.
The subject is widely recognised by universities and can work well with both humanities and written subjects such as history and english, aswell as alongside sciences and mathematical subjects. if you are unsure of what will best enhance your university application it may be useful to look into topics covered in philosophy and ethics, for example if your course covers medical ethics, this could be used to better a medicine application alongside the required subjects.see more