How you get a reference for your application depends on if you’re applying individually, or through a school, college, or a centre registered with UCAS.
How to choose a referee
If possible, they should be someone who knows you academically and can talk about your work ethic, interaction with other students and your suitability for higher education or a future career.
- In a current or recent school or college, ask your tutor, teacher, principal or head teacher.
- If you left education years ago, ask an employer, volunteering supervisor or trainer.
- Don’t ask family, friends, partners or ex-partners though – if you do your application may be cancelled.
Applying through a school, college or centre?
Applying as an individual?
Applying for Teacher Education in Scotland?
How the reference should be written
If your referee needs guidance on how to write you a reference, send them this link for in-depth advice.
Here’s an overview for you, so that you’ll know what to discuss with them.
- It must be a full reference, written by your referee online in the reference section of your application, in English (or Welsh if you’re applying for courses in Wales).
- It might include your career goals and work experience – so talk these through with them first – as well as how well you’ve done in specific modules or course components.
- If your referee is one of your teachers, they can add your predicted grades for any pending qualifications you’re studying now.
- With your permission, it could include circumstances that have/could affect your academic work, such as a personal problem, illness or any individual needs you have.
Don’t want to include a reference?
Applying from prison?