Letters, transcripts and other documents
COVID-19 OUTBREAK SERVICE UPDATE
19 March 2020
As a result of the government guidance regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), the university is currently unable to produce official transcripts and award verification letters. Please see www.bristol.ac.uk/directory/exams/cert-verif-results/ for full details. This situation is under review and we will update this page as and when it changes.
| Undergraduate letter request form (Office document, 24kB)
| Postgraduate letter request form (Office document, 41kB)
Student Status Letter
This will confirm your status as a student at the University of Bristol. The letter will include
- Your official name
- Your student number
- Your date of birth and nationality
- The name of your department
- Your programme title
- The start and end dates of your programme
- Your term address (PG students) – you should check this is up-to-date in ‘Student Info’ before requesting
- An official signature
- An official stamp
Letters can take up to five working days to produce (during busy periods), but we will endeavour to produce them sooner. You will be notified by email when they are ready for collection (PG students).
Schengen / Travel Visa Letter
This has the same information as a status letter but is addressed to the Embassy of the country you are visiting. You must remember to provide the name of the country. If you are not applying for your visa from London you will need to specify the alternative city.
International students should visit Open a bank account in the UK for information about banking in the UK, including guidance on how to produce a bank letter.
Certificates for Council Tax Exemption
Students may claim Council Tax Exemption if their programme of study/research meets the definition of “full-time” for the purpose of Council Tax. Part-time, visiting or occasional students are NOT eligible for Council Tax exemption.
The University provides Bristol City Council with listings of full-time students (undergraduate and postgraduate) three times a year, in early November, January and May, and so most students do not need to provide the Council with a Council Tax Certificate. Halls of residence or University-owned student houses are automatically exempt.
All students living with other people should check their liability for Council Tax at the start of their tenancy and their responsibility during the tenancy if one person leaves and the vacancy is taken by a non-student.
Postgraduate students will NOT be eligible for any exemption once they have submitted their dissertation/thesis.
Interim Certificate Letter (PG Students)
This will include your name and the name of the programme you are studying. The letter will give your start date and the date your project thesis has been submitted. It will normally confirm that all taught units have been passed and the date of the final Faculty Exam Board. Students may use this letter when looking for employment.
These are available after the June Faculty Exam Boards and will show the marks for taught units. Please download the appropriate request form (above) and send it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as appropriate.
Completion of Studies Letter (PG Students)
This letter is only available once all marks have been through a final Faculty Exam Board. This will include your name and the name of the programme studied. The letter will give your start date and completion date (the date your award was conferred). It will also show your degree awarded and degree classification and will also confirm the date of graduation.
Verification of Award
The Examinations Office can provide verification of awards to former students and, with permission, to third parties.
The University does not complete reference or verification of award forms from academic institutions, Government bodies or private companies. The University will provide a signed document, which is accepted in lieu of forms by most authorities and employers. The document provided by the University will be on headed paper, signed by an official of the Examinations Office and will confirm the following: name and date of birth; award; start and award dates; graduation date (where applicable).
For further information, including fees payable, see the awards, certificates, results and verification page. If you have any queries please contact email@example.com
CAS Numbers / Visa Extensions
If you are a current student and you need a new CAS in order to apply for a visa extension please contact International Student Visa Advice and Compliance for further advice and to make an appointment with an advisor.
For any non-standard letter request please contact the Faculty by email quoting your name and student number and giving full details of your request to the relevant email address: