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More James May than Patrick Moore, he says wryly. What would he prefer? Many admissions tutors look for two things in a personal statement: genuine enthusiasm for physics and signs of maturity. Some statements border almost on the philosophical, which is absolutely fine, says Barker. Demonstrating engagement with the subject is not difficult but do remember that some admissions tutors are looking for a richer knowledge of the subject than you get on prime-time TV. In this sense, I would say that the influence of Nina and her Nefarious Neurons on you as a toddler might count more in your favour than Prof Brian Cox at age Think about which skills are relevant to your application: for example, computing experience will help you with a theoretical physics degree.
A personal statement is a difficult piece of writing. You have to sum up your motivations, your passions and your desire to study the subject in characters or less, which is barely an A4 sheet of paper. Of course, take a look at some of the books mentioned in our reading list for Oxbridge Physics , but there are also plenty of other things to get your teeth into, and make yourself stand out on your personal statement. A good thing to include in your personal statement is any further exploration of the subject you have done. One way of developing your physics skills above and beyond the A-Level syllabus is through Isaac Physics, which provides a wide range of problems aimed at high-achieving A-Level students, with worked solutions.
Those two subjects may be fairly similar — such as history and archaeology — in which case it should be fairly straightforward to talk about the two subjects and how they work effectively together. It can be hard to know how to structure a personal statement that needs to cover two very different subjects, and it can also be difficult to explain your equal enthusiasm for both and how it came about. Many students writing joint honours personal statements end up talking too much about one and not enough about the other, or talking more naturally and enthusiastically about one than the other.