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Why are extracurricular activities important when applying for a degree in the UK?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016

Engagement outside of the classroom is an important aspect of the college application process. While UK universities’ first points of focus are grades and academic strength, extracurricular activities allow you to distinguish yourself from other applicants and reinforce your interest in your course area.

The Personal Statement and Employment sections of the UCAS form provides you with the opportunity to disclose the activities that you are involved in during your free time. You can showcase traits that grades alone are not able to demonstrate. For example, what are you passionate about? Are you a leader? What you do after school, during weekends and over summers gives the university admissions team clear insight into who you are presently, as well as into your future potential.

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