If you course includes a work placement
If you apply for a Student Visa and your course includes a work placement, it is important to check whether the requirements below are met.
First of all, your course must lead to an approved qualification.
Secondly, if the course of study is below degree level, the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies must be assigned by a Student Sponsor (not by a “Probationary Sponsor”, which is an institution which has just been granted by the Home Office a licence to sponsor students and which, after at least 12 months, can apply to be granted the status of a Student Sponsor).
A work placement must be assessed as an integral part of the course.
How long a work placement may last?
A work placement on a course that is at degree level or above at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance or at an overseas higher education institution must not be longer than half of the total length of the course.
If the work placement is not on a course that is at degree level or above at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance or at an overseas higher education institution, it must not be longer than one third of the total length of the course (except when there is a statutory requirement that it must be so).
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