Working on your UCAS application?

Our Admissions Tutor, Dr Will Smith, offers you his advice on completing your personal statement.

Here at York, we see hundreds of UCAS forms each year, but don’t let that put you off. We look at each one very carefully to assess whether we’d like to invite you to come for interview, so your personal statement is as important as your predicted grades.

A personal statement gives us an idea of what you are like as a person, and why you’re interested in studying Computer Science.

You don’t need to have done any programming or built apps or a website (though if you have, please do mention it!) but make sure you let us know why you want to study Computer Science, and let any passion you have for the subject shine through. I’m interested to find out why you’ve chosen to study it, so feel free to say what it is about the subject that interests you.

Don’t forget to include any relevant work experience or anything you may have done with technology as a hobby or just to make your life easier. For example, you may have built a website, done some coding to make something work (or work better) or you may have developed your own app. Whatever it is, don’t forget to include it.

We want to be able to offer you an interview at York, so please do give us any excuse to do so! We’re proud of our achievements in teaching and research, and part of our mission as a University department is to pass this knowledge on. When you study here, you’ll learn exciting developments that are happening at the cutting-edge of the discipline, from people who are actively researching in key areas of Computer Science.

If you have any queries, you can always get in touch with us. We’re always happy to help – just email us on cs-ug-admissions@york.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1904 325412.

All you need to do is pick your course and apply! Good luck and I hope to see you on one of our interview days soon.