Applying to university isn’t difficult, but it does require some thought and preparation. For information and advice on how to apply visit the UCAS website.
When applying to University as a mature student, the application process may be a little different. For example, it may be some time since you’ve been studying in school or college. This will mean you’re applying as an independent student, and you may need to think more carefully about finding someone to write the reference for your UCAS application.
If this is the case for you then there are a couple of ways to get a reference if you’re applying independently.
You can check if your former school or college is happy to provide a reference by emailing them. If they are, in the ‘options’ section select ‘ask a registered school, college or centre to write a reference only’. This route needs a buzzword from the school or college – so you’ll need to check what the buzzword is with them.
Alternatively, you can enter your referee’s contact details in the reference section. UCAS will then send them an email with instructions on what to do. If you want to do this, make sure you ask your referee if they’ll be able to provide you with a reference. Once they’ve completed it, UCAS will email you, and the reference section will be marked with a red tick.
Your reference can be written by any of the following:
- An employer who knows you well (e.g. a line manager)
- Current or previous work colleague
- College or school tutor
- Careers adviser
- Training assessor
- Volunteer leaders