Work permission during your course of study
If your application for a Student Visa is successful, you will be granted permission to work 20 hours per week during term-time if you are a student following a full-time course of degree level or above study sponsored by a higher education provider with a track record of compliance (or if you are sponsored by an overseas higher education institution to undertake a short-term study abroad programme in the UK). You will have permission to take full-time employment outside of term-time.
You will have permission to work 10 hours per week during term-time if you are a student undertaking a full-time course below degree level study sponsored by a higher education provider with a track record of compliance. You will have permission to take full-time employment outside of term-time.
If you are a part-time student or enroled in any other study programme, you will not have permission to take employment during or outside of term-time.
However, you will be permitted to undertake work related to a work placement, where your course includes a work placement. But in this case your course must lead to an approved qualification. More details in this post.
As a general rule, you will not be allowed to be self-employed or engage in business activity. You will only be permitted to work as self-employed if you have applied for permission on the Start-up route and your application is supported by an endorsement from a higher education provider with a track record of compliance. In this case, your application must have been made when you had permission as a Student and where a decision has not been made on the application, (or, where the application has been refused, any Administrative Review against a refusal has not been finally determined).
You will not be allowed to work as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach) or as an entertainer.
You will not get permission to work in a position which would fill a permanent full-time vacancy.
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.