Visas

If you are a national of the European Economic Area (EU plus Norway and Iceland) or Switzerland, you do not require a visa. However, if you are from outside of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, then you will require a visa to study in the UK.

If you are visa dependent and wish to come and study one of our academic courses, including IGCSE, A Level or University Foundation without any pre-sessional English first, you will require either a Child Student Visa or an Adult Student Visa, depending on your age.

Child Student Visa

If you are 17 years old or younger, then you may apply for a Child Student Visa under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system.

An application form and full details on applying for a Child Student Visa may be found here

Adult Student Visa

If you are 18 years old or older, then you will need to apply for a General Student Visa under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.

An application form and full details on applying for a General Student Visa may be found here

If you require a pre-sessional English course before your main academic course, you will require either a Child Visitor Visa or a Student Visitor Visa, depending on your age.

Child Visitor Visa

If you are 17 years old or under and require a pre-sessional English course for up to 6 months, you will need to apply for a Child Visitor Visa.  However, please note that you will not be able to switch and apply for a Tier 4 Child Student Visa while you are in the UK as a child visitor. If you wish to apply for a Tier 4 Child Student Visa, you will need to apply from the country you live in.

Student Visitor Visa

If you are 18 years old or over and require a pre-sessional English course for up to 6 months, you will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa.  However, please note that you will not be able to switch and apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa while you are in the UK as a student visitor. If you wish to apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa, you will need to apply from the country you live in.