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Availability of Apply and Track: 25 – 26 August

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August. This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 25 August
  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 26 August
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 26 August
Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 26 August.
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Adding a Clearing choice in Track

Only add a Clearing choice if a university or college has given you permission to add their course, and you want to accept it. If you add a Clearing choice without discussing it with the uni or college, this may delay the progress of your application – read our Clearing advice.

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.