Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Submitting examination certificates

We need to verify your qualifications as submitted in your UCAS application and any additional qualifications you've been asked to meet as part of your offer.

Students on campus

Certificates submitted before you apply

Each year we receive large numbers of qualification certificates from people who have not yet made an application. These may be attached to pre-application enquiries or sent by exam boards and verification services on behalf of potential applicants.

As we receive tens of thousands of applications, it is not possible for us to check whether each applicant has sent us any documents before they applied.

If you – or a party on your behalf – sent us supporting information, certificates or other documents before you applied, it may not be possible for us to match these to your UCAS application at a later date.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you provide all relevant information as part of the application process, even if you think it has been sent to us before you applied. If you do not, it is possible that your application will be unsuccessful due to missing information.

Any certificates sent to us electronically or by post which we can’t match to an application will be securely destroyed at the end of the admissions cycle in which they were received.

Existing qualifications

If you decide to accept our offer as your firm choice it is essential that you send us copies of any exam certificates you have already obtained. Examples include:

  • SQA Standard Grade and Intermediate certificates
  • GCSE and IGCSE certificates
  • College Board or ACT transcripts (international applicants)
  • High school diploma or school leaving certificate (international applicants)

If you do not have certificates that list the relevant qualifications, you should contact the relevant examining board(s) to request replacements or ask the school/college to provide written confirmation of subjects and grades.

Exam results

You should also check whether you need to notify us of any forthcoming exam results or whether they will be sent to us directly by UCAS.

SQA Highers, GCE A Levels, Irish Leaving Certificate or Welsh Baccalaureate

If you hold offers based on SQA Highers, GCE A Levels, the Irish Leaving Certificate or the Welsh Baccalaureate  you do not need to send us your results as we will receive these automatically from UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

If you are an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate you should ask your school IB Diploma Programme Coordinator to request that your results are sent to UCAS, so that we can receive these automatically.

International Baccalaureate: issue of results to UCAS

Other qualifications

If your exam results are not sent to us by UCAS you must send us copies of your exam certificates to verify the results you have been asked to achieve in order to meet your offer.

Check the UCAS website to see whether your exam results will be sent to us automatically.

UCAS: automatically-notified exam results

International and European students

Certificates in languages other than English

You must provide authorised translations of all certificates that are written in languages other than English.

English language test results

You must provide copies of any English language test results.

US qualifications

If you have taken US exams such as Advanced Placements, SATs, the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT test, you must arrange for the College Board to forward us the original certificates.


If you are an international student, please also send us a photocopy/scan of your passport to help us process your visa application.

Adult returners

If you are an adult returner you should send us copies of any recent certificates of education. In most cases you do not need to send copies of qualifications that were obtained more than five years ago. However, these are required if you are applying for the MBChB Medicine or the BSc Oral Health Sciences.


If you are holding an offer from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and/or the College of Science & Engineering you must submit copies of all of your requested certificates (existing qualifications and non-UCAS exam results) within 10 working days of publication of your examination results or by 31 August of the UCAS cycle in which you applied, whichever is earlier. 

If you are holding an offer from the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, please see the advice for your particular programme.

Accepting your offer: College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

How to send us your certificates

Upload to MyEd

After you applied to the University of Edinburgh, you should have received details of how to log on to our MyEd website. We use this website to communicate with you about your application and to let you know where to find help and advice.

You can upload scanned copies of your certificates by responding to the ‘clearance check’ on your application in MyEd. After you have logged in, under the ‘my applications’ tab you will see your ‘outstanding actions’ list.  In this list you will find your ‘clearance check’. 

We regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your certificates and that we can only return certificates if requested.


Not sure what you need to provide?

The clearance check message will tell you exactly what you need to upload. 

Can’t upload your certificates?

If you are unable to upload your certificates to your application you can send to the relevant college admissions office:

  • a scanned copy by email
  • a fax copy
  • a paper copy by post

Please include your UCAS Personal ID number or University of Edinburgh Universal User Name (UUNso that we can match the documents to your application.

Admissions offices

If you are applying for the MBChB Medicine or the BSc Oral Health Science degrees, you must provide original, paper copies of your examination certificates.

Advice for applicants with an offer for Medicine

Advice for applicants with an offer for Oral Health Science

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