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Is a reference essential on a UCAS application? I left high school last year and so I have no clue who to ask to be my reference. I am contemplating submitting without a reference.
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You old form tutor should do it. Have you asked?
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You can’t put in an application without a reference.
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It's not essential but very few uni's will consider offering you a place on an undergrad course without any reference.
Can you ask an employer, private tutor or one of the teachers from your high school to do a UCAS reference for you?
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(Original post by IonaBubble)
You can’t put in an application without a reference.
Actually you can.
I know a couple of people who did send off their UCAS without a reference.
But most uni's will decline to offer an undergrad place.
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You can’t put in an application without a reference.
You can, but this is normally prearranged with the University and the application going through UCAS is just to comply with the University's contract with UCAS that all undergraduates will go via that process
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Is a reference essential on a UCAS application? I left high school last year and so I have no clue who to ask to be my reference. I am contemplating submitting without a reference.
Just ask your old school, they will still have all your details on file
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You can, but this is normally prearranged with the University and the application going through UCAS is just to comply with the University's contract with UCAS that all undergraduates will go via that process
If an applicant can’t provide a reference from school can’t they use one from other sources like work or volunteer work?
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If an applicant can’t provide a reference from school can’t they use one from other sources like work or volunteer work?
Yes. I'm referring to when the University has already accepted the applicant and is just putting them through UCAS to make it official.
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If an applicant can’t provide a reference from school can’t they use one from other sources like work or volunteer work?
Yes, you can - information on how to do this (and for the referee as to what they need to do) is on the UCAS website:
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/a...uate-reference

But if you are only a year out of school, try asking someone there, such as the Sixth Form administrator in the first place. Be aware, though, that some schools may charge a fee for this:mad:.
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Is a reference essential on a UCAS application? I left high school last year and so I have no clue who to ask to be my reference. I am contemplating submitting without a reference.
There is a way to apply without a reference but will require prior agreed consent from all the unis you plan on applying to.

Its better & easier to get a reference, im sure your school tutor will happily act as your referee, normally people are happy to do this sort of thing.
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