UK Visa & Immigration Information

We are delighted to welcome international students to our College. If you would like to study in the UK, then you must hold valid immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK on your chosen course.

Below is some information on the rules and requirements for studying in the UK. Please note that ‘EU citizens’ referred to in this section includes EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens.

The UK government is introducing a new Student route (click here for guidance and support) which is to form part of the new Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) . The new Student route replaces the current Tier 4 route and applies to all international students, including those coming to study from Europe.

For EU citizens, the new Student route will take effect for applications made in the UK on or after 1 January 2021. EU citizens outside the UK can apply under this new route from 5 October 2020, for entry to the UK from 1 January 2021.

Click here to find out more.

For all other nationals, this new route is to take effect from 5 October 2020.

If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. To find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme and apply, click here.

 

Student visa

If you are 16 or over, you may be eligible to apply for a Student visa to study in the UK. You will need to complete an application, pay an application fee, and have a current passport or other valid travel document.

You will be able to apply for a Student visa up to 6 months before your intended course starts in 2021.

Students will require a total of 70 points to be eligible as part of the new Points-Based Immigration System (PBS). You can achieve the required points as detailed in the table below:

Points type Requirements to be met Number of points
Study Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from an approved educational institution. 50
Financial Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your first year’s fees, and to support yourself with living costs etc while you study 10
English language

IELTS test certificate with a score of:

  • Level 3 BTEC programmes – 5.0 in all components
  • A Levels – 5.5 in all components
  • Foundation Degrees – 5.5 in all components
Bachelor programmes – 6.0 in all components.
10

To successfully apply for a Student visa, you must demonstrate that:

  • You have an unconditional offer from an approved sponsoring institution, such as New College Durham. When you apply for a Student visa, you will need to provide your reference number from the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which is provided by New College Durham once you have been offered an unconditional place on a course.
  • You are taking a course that leads to an approved qualification at an appropriate level of study
  • You have any relevant academic qualifications needed to undertake the course
  • You genuinely intend to study in the UK.
  • You can financially support yourself during your studies in the UK.
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English to the required standard for the level of course you intend to study.

In addition to this, you will need to demonstrate the following if you are under 18:

  • Proof of parental or other legal guardian(s) consent and their relationship to you.
  • Suitable care arrangements are in place for you in the UK.

The following checklist is designed to assist you with your Student route application to the college. You still need to ensure you read and are familiar with the most up-to-date UK PBS guidance issued by the home office before making your final visa application - click here to access government guidance and support.

Documents assessed by the college before issuing a CAS number:

  • Valid passport
  • Evidence that you meet the English Language requirement or are exempt from it – please note you will need take an IELTS for UKVI from an approved test centre - click here for guidance on applying for UK Visa (approved English Language tests).
  • Evidence of previous qualifications that meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme
  • Evidence that you meet the financial requirements to live and study in the UK
  • Valid Tuberculosis (TB) test certificate showing you do not have TB (if required)
  • If you will be under 18 on the date you apply for your visa then you will need to provide an international student consent form completed by your parent/legal guardian found here (For the official visa application, you will need a letter from your parent/legal guardian confirming their relationship to you and that they consent to your travel arrangements, and your study and living arrangements whilst in the UK. You will also need evidence of your relationship with your parent/legal guardian e.g. birth certificate)
  • 20% course fee deposit before the issue of a CAS number

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides some additional useful information regarding preparing for your visa application – click here.

The Home Office has also put together a guide to supporting documents – download.

Fees

A student application costs £348 for those applying overseas and £475 for applications made in the UK. You must pay the same amount for any dependants.

You will need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge as part of your application – you can do so online here. Paying the Immigration Health Surcharge gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). As a student, you will receive a 25% discount on the Immigration Health Surcharge.

+ Child Student visa

There will be a separate visa route for child students. You may be eligible to apply for a Child Student visa if you are aged between 4-17 years old and can demonstrate:

  • Proof of parental or other legal guardian(s) consent and their relationship to you
  • Suitable care arrangements are in place for you in the UK
  • You genuinely intend to study in the UK, if you are 16 years or older
  • You meet academic ability and maintenance requirements
  • You have an unconditional offer from an approved sponsoring institution. When you apply for a Child Student visa, you will need to provide your reference number from the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which we will provide once you are offered an unconditional place on a course.
+ After your studies

If you successfully complete a degree at undergraduate level or above in the UK, you will be able to apply for a Graduate visa to stay and work, or look for work, for a maximum period of 2 years (3 years for PhD students) after completing your studies.

This visa route will open in summer 2021 to international students who have completed a course at a higher education provider, with a track record of compliance with the UK Government’s immigration requirements.

You will also be able to move into different visa routes if you have a suitable job offer from a sponsor and can meet the requirements of a route.

+ Short Term Study Visa

If you are applying for one of our English Language Centre programmes then you can apply for a short-term study visa for up to 11 months.

For more information, click here.