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Documents don’t need to be a nightmare!

Documents don’t need to be a nightmare!

Supporting documents are an essential part of the application process, but here at UCADEMICS, we’re striving to make the application system as easy as possible for every single candidate. 

Supporting documents can be categorised into two different categories:

  • Pre-application documents
  • Post-application documents

Pre-application documents are the documents you need to be able to submit your application through UCADEMICS.

Post-application documents are the ones that can be sent after you’ve submitted your application and after your chosen UK Universities have processed that.

To apply to any UK University, you will need to prepare the following pre-application documents to kick-start your application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Letter

The Personal Statement is a brief text that you need to write about yourself. It’s an essential part of the application as universities want to hear about who you are as a person, a thing which cannot be described by your grades.

The Reference Letter is a statement about yourself as a candidate from someone that knows you well in an academic capacity, be it one of your school teachers, the school director, a tutor or maybe your career counsellor or school psychologist. You can read more about asking for a Reference Letter here.

You don’t need to worry about preparing these documents because here on UCADEMICS you’ve got all the support you need to build yourself a remarkable Personal Statement.

Moreover, UCADEMICS system allows you to ask your referee for a Reference Letter directly from your application account. It’s advisable to talk beforehand with your referee in person, to let him/ her know that you’re planning to apply to UK Universities and that you’d be willing to appoint them as a point of contact, so when the reference letter request lands in their inbox they know what to expect. 


The post-application documents that you need to submit after having sent your application are:

  • Officially recognised English Test. 
  • Final Diploma
  • Portfolio (applies only to some of the programs).

Both the English Test and the Final Diploma are documents which will be essential in your application and getting your final acceptance. In 4 to 6 weeks after having submitted the application, you will be able to receive a Conditional Offer letter from your chosen universities. Some universities take longer than that to issue a Conditional Offer letter.

In the Conditional Offer Letter, the university will state the conditions under which you can receive a full acceptance, and these conditions are usually closely related to your English Test Score and your final grade average as expressed in your Final Diploma.

Because in most countries the Final Upper-Secondary School Exam takes place during the summer, the latest date by which you can submit your English Test score and Final Diploma is 31 July.

A portfolio is a request for a large variety of creative programs of study or programs related to performing arts, so you should expect this request to apply to you if you’re choosing programs in the fields of Design, Fashion, Animation, Drama Studies and so on.

Each university has its requirements concerning the content and presentation of the portfolio. Some universities will invite you for an audition or an interview, in addition to you sending them some samples of your work in that field, while others will require you to send them proof of your work or skill in the area by post or email.


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Last updated on Monday, 19 April 2021 | Viewed 953 times

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