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Distance Learners: Certified copies of your documents

If you have been asked to provide certified copies, these can be widely obtained for both home and overseas students:

  • You can have copies certified by a practising solicitor or a notary public. Information about finding a solicitor is available from the Law Society. Most solicitors will certify documents for a charge with no limit on the number of copies. It normally takes about five to ten minutes. An appointment is not necessary, but it is advisable to call ahead of your visit.
  • The British Council also offers a certification service and all academic institutions will supply certified copies of qualifications by written request.

Further guidance can be obtained by visiting www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document. Once a document has been certified, a stamp from the certifying organisation as well as the signature of the certifying person should be visible on the document.

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