DS is 14 and wondering what experience he should be gaining to help with his personal statement when applying to Uni's. Does anyone know much about the DOE award or any work experience/ hobbies etc that would be useful? Thanks.
The PS is meant to be 80-85% academic and the rest about the young person's interests, hobbies etc. There is absolutely no point at all doing something especially to look good in a PS. Universities aren't daft and could spot that a mile off. If your child wants to do DofE (like most of the nation's 14 year olds) or take up new hobbies then great, but he shouldn't do it because he thinks it will help him get into university. As G55 says, some courses need you to have shown a commitment to things like voluntary work over time, but going at hobby-selection from the point of view of the personal statement is imho wrong-headed.