Supporting your application

When you apply to study at GCU, there are some additional documents you will have to send us to ensure you make a successful application.

Statement of purpose

Your personal statement is an extremely important aspect of the application. It gives you the opportunity to share with the university your motivations, background and reasons for applying for this particular course.

What we look for in a personal statement
  • The statement of purpose should be your own work, conveying your own views and should not contain text copied from the GCU website or elsewhere.
  • It should be clearly structured and well-written but does not need to be overly long. Around one side of A4 is generally enough.
  • You should explain your motivation for wanting to study this particular course, at GCU in particular, and how you have learned more about this course.
  • Tell us what interests you about your chosen course's content, and what makes it the most suitable one for you to undertake.
  • Was there a particular factor in your choice of institution, such as the local area, the reputation of the team involved in the course, placement opportunities, or similar?
  • We'll want to know your background, in relation to previous studies, employment or work experience, and why this course represents an appropriate progression from what you have done before.
  • Let us know your plan upon graduation and how this course will help you realistically achieve your goals and objectives.
  • If you are an international student, you should also outline why you wish to study in the UK, rather than study a course in your home country.

Letters of reference

Letters of reference provide the university with additional evidence of your ability to successfully complete your course. Upload or attach your letters of reference to your application, or ask your referees to submit this information directly at Please note that references should ideally not be sent in prior to your application being submitted.


What we look for in letters of reference
  • Letters of reference should be provided on company/institution headed paper and signed by the referee. Photocopies of these are fine.
  • Academic references should be provided by a current or previous tutor from your most recent studies. These should outline your suitability for the course you are applying for, with some evidence possibly in relation to your academic abilities, personal qualities or career aspirations.
  • Employment references should be provided by a current or previous supervisor or line manager from your most recent employment or work experience.
  • Letters of reference should not be provided by a friend or family member.

References should be sent along with your application or directly to GCU by the referee. GCU will not contact referees to request these on your behalf.

Academic and professional certificates

Certificates show us what you have already achieved in your previous academic study as well as any CPD during your employment.

What we look for in certificates
  • Evidence of completing your degree should come from your university. If you have completed your degree but not yet attended a graduation ceremony you should provide a statement of result, passing certificate or a letter from your university confirming you have successfully completed your degree and details of the qualification you will be awarded at the graduation ceremony.
  • Secondary school certificates should be from the examination awarding body (such as Cambridge, SQA, WAEC, Indian State Board Higher Secondary Education).
  • Some exams, such as IELTS and TOEFL will give you your results by email or SMS, however, we do require to see a copy of the final certificate.
  • If you are a registered with a professional organisation which allows you to work in a specific field, such as medical doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, please ensure you send a copy of your current valid registration.

Academic transcripts

Academic transcripts provide the university with full details of the modules you studied at undergraduate level.

What we look for in academic transcripts
  • Academic transcripts must be official copies suitable for external purposes.
  • Transcripts marked with wording such as "unofficial” or “student’s copy” are not suitable.
  • Transcripts should not be screenshots or printed pages from a website.

Passport (International applicants only)

Please provide a photocopy of your passport identification pages.