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Extended opening hours for the 30 June deadline

We are extending our opening hours this week around the 30 June UCAS Undergraduate deadline, to ensure we're here to support you when you need it:

  • Thursday 29 June: 08:00 — 19:00
  • Friday 30 June: 08:00 — 18:00

How to get a UCAS Undergraduate reference

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.
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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.

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.