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Your reference

All applicants applying to an undergraduate course via UCAS at the University of Warwick will need to submit a reference as part of their UCAS application.

What is a reference?

The reference is a chance for your school or UCAS centre to make us aware of any significant information relating to your application.

References should be submitted as part of the UCAS application form. Where this is not possible, we will consider references up to 4000 characters or 47 lines long that are submitted from an official school, college or institutional email address rather than an unofficial email address such as gmail/outlook.

What has changed?

UCAS have reformed the reference section of the application for applicants applying for 2024 entry. These reforms are designed to provide Universities with only the essential information they require to assess an application and allow advisers more time to support students in other areas of the application journey.

The reference has three distinct sections. We are not expecting to see a copy of the 'old style' UCAS reference. Applicants whose referees only complete section one will not be at a disadvantage. Warwick will not request an additional reference where sections two and three have not been completed.

For example:

  • Context of the school, college, or centre e.g. performance, intake demographics, progression rates to higher education etc.
  • The portfolio of qualification provision and any restrictions on options students may have
  • Information about the school, college or centre which may affect performance, such as significant staff changes, or damage to buildings
  • Any policies or processes used for predicting grades (e.g. internal assessments)

We anticipate that this section will not need to be completed for the majority of applicants, as it is only for applicants who have faced significant mitigating circumstances. Referees should ensure, if completing this section, that they make clear whether the student's exam board has been made aware of any extenuating circumstances

Examples of this could include but are not limited to:

  • Commentary on discrepancies between GCSE and A Level performance
  • Disability/special educational needs
  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Caring Responsibilities
  • Whether an applicant is a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Lack of suitable home study environment
  • Support in place to help a student succeed

Examples of this could include short, focused information about:

  • Applicant’s suitability for the course
  • Relevant academic skills and achievements - it is not necessary to write a paragraph for each subject
  • Relevant work experience
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities

Please visit UCAS's official website for more information about the UCAS reference reforms from 2024 entry onwards.

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