Your academic reference is an important part of your UCAS application.

We consider your academic reference as part of the process of making a decision on your application. In particular, we use them to:

  • decide whether to invite you to attend an interview (where an interview forms part of the selection process)
  • gain an inside into your motivation to study your course
  • determine the conditions of your potential offer

We also assess the predicted grades that your referee submits as part of your academic reference for any pending qualifications you're currently studying.

Only one reference is required on the UCAS Undergraduate application. If you want us to consider more than one reference, you'll need to contact the relevant Admissions team directly first to check whether this is possible.

It is your responsibility to ensure your reference is provided within your UCAS application and that your referee provides predicted grades for any pending qualifications.

The UCAS website has advice on how to choose a reference – it depends whether you’re applying individually, or through a school, college, or a centre registered with UCAS.