A reference is basically a piece of text written by someone (referee) who would endorse or recommend you academically, usually a teacher or lecturer.
Your reference forms an important part of your UCAS application. The reference is usually written by someone who knows you academically, for example, a teacher.
There is no set format for the content of the reference but the following information from your reference is usually useful:
- Confirmation of the programme you are currently undertaking i.e. name of the programme, duration, awarding body, medium of instruction (where relevant), etc.
- Referee’s comments/observations with regard your suitability for your chosen degree programme/career
- Information about your academic performance to date
- Extra-curricular activities and interests
- Information on academic and non-academic achievements
- Any circumstances that has affected or may affect your future performance (if relevant)
If you have yet to sit for your exams, then the referee will usually need to provide your predicted or forecasted grades.
Further guidelines on References may be obtained from the UCAS website: http://www.ucas.com/advisers/references
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