Personal Statement

1:1 sessions with an Oxbridge subject expert to plan, structure and edit your personal statement. Develop and revise multiple drafts with your personal tutor to demonstrate your passion for, and knowledge of your subject

Produce the best personal statement to maximise offers

Your personal statement is the first chance to show the universities you apply to who you really are. The personal statement gives the admissions team the opportunity to look beyond statistics and focus on the real you, the person they may spend at least three years teaching their subject to. Invitations to admissions tests and interview all hinge on your personal statement.

Every student applying to a UK university must submit a personal statement as part of their application. There are many pitfalls and myths around writing a personal statement, and it requires a very structured approach. Leading Education use data and feedback to help students complete their statement. By the end of the programme, a student will have a finely balanced and academically impressive work to submit as part of their application.

Advanced Knowledge

Your Oxbridge mentor will help you to avoid mentioning the most common texts and topics that lots of applicants focus on in their personal statements, ensuring instead that you include advanced concepts and books that make you stand out from the crowd.

Deep Analysis

It is not enough to list impressive books and concepts in your personal statement; our mentors will help you to develop your critical reflections on the material, demonstrating to the admissions tutors that are able to develop original ideas and acute analytical insights.


Our mentors will help you understand unique ways of structuring the personal statement that will be guaranteed to impress the admissions tutors at top UK universities. They will ensure that it reads coherently and that links between themes demonstrate higher-level cognitive abilities.


Our mentors will work with you to redraft the personal statement until every line is optimised for maximum impact. They will conduct a thorough check to ensure flawless spelling and grammar.

Typical Student Profile

Every student applying to a UK university of any level will need to submit a personal statement through the UCAS system

Who is this programme for?

Any student applying for any course and any university in the UK

Why should I take it?

  1. Guaranteed finished statement of outstanding quality by the end of the course
  2. Select and develop complex, thought-provoking topics, demonstrating critical thinking and original ideas
  3. Perfect your writing style over as many drafts as it takes

When should I take it?

Most students spend their summer working on their personal statement so we recommend July - August. This can also be late in the autumn if you are not applying for Oxbridge or Medicine

Other relevant courses?

Personal Statement builds on the work done in Knowledge Building, and leads naturally into preparation for Admissions Tests

Course Benefits

Multiple Drafts

Revise as many drafts of your statement as you feel comfortable with. Continue with your tutor until you have the perfect demonstration of your knowledge and passion for your subject.

Finished Statement

By the end of the programme, we guarantee that you will have written a finished personal statement that is of outstanding quality, maximising your chance of impressing admissions tutors.

Extra Support

Gain access to our ‘Ultimate Personal Statement Guide’ which contains professional tips on how to draft the perfect personal statement for top UK Universities. You can email your mentor at any time with any questions you have, with a guaranteed response within 48 hours.

Expert Tutors

We only accept the top 10% of mentors who apply to work with us; so we can guarantee that they are the best in the world! All mentors are from Oxford or Cambridge and many have MAs or PhDs.

Leading Academics really helped a lot with my application. I have received perfect advice for my Personal Statement from the tutors. For the written task, I practiced all the past paper twice with my tutor and did some extra questions online to get ready for it. I also spent lots of time on my Personal Statement (about a month, writing and rewriting it a thousand times!).

Designed by expert admissions

Our courses have been developed by our core team of world-class educationalists, who have spent years studying the Oxbridge application process, led by CEO Kieran Hammond.

Georgia B

Psychology and Philosophy
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

Michael C

The Queens College, Oxford

Jiratheep P

Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Erind M

Trinity College, Cambridge

About Kieran Hammond

Kieran Hammond is the co-founder of Leading Education and holds a BA and MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University. Over the course of 10 years, he has been helped over 500 students with their Oxbridge/Medicine applications.

Kieran started his career as Head of University Applications at Cardiff Sixth Form College, which at the time had been the UK’s No.1 ranked school in terms of A*-A A-level results for 6 years running.