You must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor.
To prove this, 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 the course. You need a CAS before you can apply for your visa.
Courses you can study
You can do one of the following courses:
a full-time course leading to a qualification that’s below degree level (RQF level 3, 4 or 5) with at least 15 hours a week of organised daytime study
a full-time course leading to a qualification that’s degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8)
a full-time course at degree level or above (RQF level 6,7 or 8) that’s equivalent to a UK higher education course and is being delivered as part of a longer course overseas
a part-time course leading to a qualification that’s above degree level (RQF level 7 or above)
a recognised foundation programme for postgraduate doctors or dentists
an English language course at level B2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
You can also apply for this visa if you’re taking up a full-time elected position as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer.
You may also need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if you’re studying or researching sensitive topics at RQF level 7 or above.
Postgraduate doctors and dentists
You can apply for this visa if you’re sponsored to do a recognised foundation programme and you’ve:
- finished a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry
- received that degree from a registered student sponsor
- spent your final year and at least 1 other year of studies leading to that degree in the UK
Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Once they’ve offered you a place on the course, your education provider will send you a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.
You must enter this reference number on your visa application.
You must apply for your visa within 6 months of receiving your CAS.