In 2014, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) led an investigation called ‘Growing Giving’ which looked at how people of all ages can get involved with supporting good causes. One of the ideas in the final report was to make sure that young people who give their time and effort to make a positive contribution to society get recognition for it. Talking about volunteering and social action in personal statements gives all applicants a great way of demonstrating their character and interests.
"NCS was the perfect way to illustrate to universities that not only did I have the communication skills, time management and the independence to survive university but also that I had the commitment and drive that goes beyond the exam syllabus. It looked great on my personal statement and they even asked me about it in my interview!"
Evie Aspinall - holding an offer from Cambridge University
"In my UCAS application I talked about the skills I'd gained through Girlguiding. Volunteering can set you apart – it shows you have skills and interests and that you’re willing to give up your time to help others. I think my Girlguiding experiences made me stand out and was one reason I got my offers. "
Emma Gees, 24 from Leeds, studying Medicine at University of Leeds
"NCS has helped me in a number of ways on UCAS. To start with, NCS gave me loads to write about on my personal statement as through NCS I have developed many skills. Also, through my NCS journey, I have had several presentations on what to do/say and what not to do/say in interviews for university which has been very beneficial to me."
Emily Farrell- will be applying 2015/16
"My involvement in social action through Girlguiding volunteering formed the backbone of my UCAS personal statement. Transferring the speaking skills I’ve learnt to my University interview gave me the confidence I needed to get through! "
Ellie Dibben, 18 from Hemel Hempstead, completed UCAS application and will start university in September 2015
"To me, social action is making a difference through donating your time. At school I volunteered a lot and I reflected this in my personal statement. I included the social action I had done but tailored it to my chosen degree so that it was cohesive and supported my application."
Charlotte Hodgson 20, from Bournemouth now studying at University
"NCS is without doubt one of the main reasons why I was successful in my medicine application. Not only did it form a great chunk of my personal statement, it also gave me the confidence and communication skills needed for the notoriously difficult interviews. It also allowed me to demonstrate my leadership skills, compassion and ability to make a real difference to the lives of others."
Emeka Obasi – holding offers in medicine from UCL and King’s College