This is where your Birth Certificate Reference Number isWatch
If you have your birth certificate with you, your reference number is a series of letters followed by a string of numbers in the upper right hand corner of the certificate.
I could only find this out by ringing up the student finance services. For some reason a lot of people like to give advice on stuff they clearly know nothing about!! If you read about the reference number being anywhere else (bottom left/right corner being a common lie) it's bogus.
Good luck with your applications
Hmm, yours was probably issued at a different date, is that right (I got mine this year just so I could apply for student finance)? In any case the best thing to do would be to ring up student finance services and tell them who you are so they can look it up for you. It's never labelled which is annoying.. And absolutely don't put that number down unless you are certain it is your reference number. Now I know some people are not lying when they say it's in the bottom right...
I know I'm late but this search still comes up top if you google it.