Level of study requirement (Student 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 Student Sponsor, the course must meet one of the requirements below.
If 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 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 the course is a short-term study abroad programme in the UK as part of your qualification at an overseas higher education institution outside of the UK, that qualification must be recognised as being at UK bachelor’s degree level or above by UK NARIC.
If the course is a pre-sessional course in English language, it must be at level B2 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The course also meets the requirements if it is a recognised Foundation Programme for postgraduate doctors or dentists.
If the course is being delivered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland under a partnership between a higher education institution and a research institute, it must be accredited at Regulated Qualifications Framework level 7 or above (integrated master’s degree, for example master of engineering (MEng), level 7 award, level 7 certificate, level 7 diploma, level 7 NVQ, master’s degree, for example master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc), postgraduate certificate, postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), postgraduate diploma).
If the course is being delivered in Scotland under a partnership between a higher education institution and a research institute, it must be accredited at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 11 or above. You can compare qualifications in Scotland with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland here.
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.