How to ensure you pass your Skills and Learning Statement

When you complete any degree it is not just about the production of the report but also about the skills you learned during the process. OBU assesses this via the Skills and Learning Statement (SLS).

Please don’t underestimate the importance of completing this part of the degree. It is easy if you follow the OBU guidance. The key to passing SLS is reflecting on your experience you have gained whilst working on your project. If you simply describe what happened, you will most definitely fail this part of the RAP.

You must answer the following four questions:

1. Reflect on what you have learnt from the meetings with your project mentor, including the presentation that you gave to your project mentor? 

2. To what extent do you think you have achieved the RAP research objectives you set? 

3. How have you demonstrated your interpersonal and communication skills during the project work? 

4. Reflect on how undertaking the RAP helped you in your accountancy studies and/or current employment role?

When working on your RAP project, I highly recommend keeping notes as you go along as this will make it easier to answer your SLS questions. It will be much harder to reflect and complete the SLS later on with no notes.

To successfully answer the first question, you need to reflect on your experience from each mentor meeting. After each meeting, think about what happened and record your thoughts directly to your draft SLS.

There is no right or wrong answer to any of the four questions. Not all your experiences will necessarily be positive, as things may not always go to plan or happen in the way you expected. And don’t be scared of recognising your strengths and weaknesses in the statement. Remember that your evaluation should reflect on what actually happened, not an idealised version of what you might want Oxford Brookes University to think did happen.

Although there are four questions with a total word limit of 2,000 words, you do not have to write exactly 500 words to answer each of the four questions.You can write between 350 and 650 words on each question within the total word limit of 2,000 words.

To give you an idea of what the OBU expects in terms of the answers to each SLS question, read through the SLS Exemplars.