Level of study requirement (Probationary Sponsor)

To be granted a Student Visa, you must be awarded 70 points in total, 50 of which for meeting all Study requirements. One of these requirements is that, if the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies has been assigned by a Probationary Sponsor, the course must meet one of the requirements below (unless it is a pre-sessional course).

If you are under 18 years of age and the course will be studied in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, the course must be at Regulated Qualifications Framework level 3 or above (A level, access to higher education diploma, advanced apprenticeship, applied general, AS level, international Baccalaureate diploma, level 3 award, level 3 certificate, level 3 diploma, level 3 ESOL, level 3 national certificate, level 3 national diploma, level 3 NVQ, music grades 6, 7 and 8, tech level).

If you are under 18 years of age and the course will be studied in Scotland, the course must be at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 6 or above. You can compare qualifications in Scotland with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland here.

If you are aged 18 or over and the course will be studied in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, the course must be at Regulated Qualifications Framework level 4 or above (certificate of higher education (CertHE), higher apprenticeship, higher national certificate (HNC), level 4 award, level 4 certificate, level 4 diploma, level 4 NVQ).

If you are aged 18 or over and the course will be studied in Scotland, the course must be at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 7 or above. You can compare qualifications in Scotland with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland here.

A Probationary Sponsor 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.

If you want to apply for a Student Visa and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.