My UCAS reference was done by our course coordinator and it was done quite poorly. We didn't have a choice when it came to who wrote our references so simply asking a teacher who liked me was not an option.
He was in a bad mood with our class while writing it and I genuinely don't think it reflects me fairly.
He described my attendance as fairly reasonable (I can't argue with that as I have missed a fair amount of days) but the rest of it will look rubbish to any university reading it.
He described my work as reasonable (despite me achieving Distinctions in many units) and gave me lower predicted grades than someone who currently has worse grades than me. It is only a few lines long and it just looks like a half arsed attempt. The only nice thing he said was he felt I could cope ok with university work if I applied myself.
The application has already been sent off so there is no real point complaining but when I asked others what he put on theirs he said things like they were hard working and their work was excellent.
How much will this effect my university applications and is there a way I can ask universities why my application was rejected?
I have applied to mid-range universities for teaching. My personal statement was not amazing (he didn't even offer help with any changes, he just said it was fine) but it did mention I have a vast amount of experience working in schools and volunteering with children in sports clubs.
How much will a bad UCAS reference affect my application? watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-01-2015 05:22
- PS Reviewer
- 08-01-2015 15:45
Different unis place different value on the parts of your application, so it's impossible to predict how this will affect you. If you do get rejected you can ask for feedback if that will make you feel better, but you might just get a generic response
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- Thread Starter
- 25-05-2015 17:04
Just an update in case any one is having a similar issue and has came across this post, my poor reference did not actually affect my application and I still received offers for my chosen courses.
This however could be due to a number of reasons, I applied to mid range universities, and all my courses had an interview as part of their application process so its possible they are able to look past bad references as they will have the opportunity to meet and interview you themselves, but also I had a lot of experience in the degree I was applying for (Teaching) and had a well written personal statement.
I'm not saying don't bother trying to get a good reference or that a good one won't add to the value of your application, just that a bad one isn't the end of the world and you may still get interviews/offers.