You must have:
- an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
- enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
You should read the guidance for the full list of documents and how much money you’ll need according to your situation.
You can do a course that’s taught in line with:
- the national curriculum
- the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
- independent school education inspection standards
You can also do a course that’s accepted as being at the same academic level by:
- Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
- HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
- Estyn (in Wales)
- Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
- Independent Schools Inspectorate
You can do a short course to prepare you for your main course, such as pre-sessional study.
You can’t do a foundation course that will prepare you for direct entry to a higher education institution.
Confirmation of acceptance for studies
Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your application.
Your CAS can cover both the pre-sessional course and your main course of study.
You must apply for your visa no later than 6 months after you’re sent the CAS.