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Hi I'm an international student from Denmark applying through UCAS. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with the reference bit. I left school nearly two years ago and have been working self-employed ever since. I have asked a few teachers to write a reference, but all of them have said no or said they don't have time. Should I begin asking teachers who have no knowledge or relevance to the course I'm applying for? How important is it that my referee is relevant to the course?

Btw I'm applying for finance and we don't learn about finance in school, so it is also a bit hard to find any relevant teacher besides my math and social studies teacher.

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(Original post by EmiloYY)
Hi I'm an international student from Denmark applying through UCAS. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with the reference bit. I left school nearly two years ago and have been working self-employed ever since. I have asked a few teachers to write a reference, but all of them have said no or said they don't have time. Should I begin asking teachers who have no knowledge or relevance to the course I'm applying for? How important is it that my referee is relevant to the course?

Btw I'm applying for finance and we don't learn about finance in school, so it is also a bit hard to find any relevant teacher besides my math and social studies teacher.

Kind regards
You teacher doesn’t need to be someone who is a specialist in the area that you are applying for. The teachers reference should basically just say why you would be suited to a particular course.
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You teacher doesn’t need to be someone who is a specialist in the area that you are applying for. The teachers reference should basically just say why you would be suited to a particular course.
I know but as you maybe can understand, we don't and cannot learn about the subject in school, so it is hard to find any relevant teacher
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I know but as you maybe can understand, we don't and cannot learn about the subject in school, so it is hard to find any relevant teacher
The teacher doesn't have to be relevant to the subject. they just need to be able to comment on your general academic ability, and your suitability for Higher Education.

There is guidance on the kind of info they should include here:

https://www.ucas.com/advisers/references
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