If you are from a country outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), you must obtain a student visa. The rules are complex and you should read the information on the UK Border Agency website before applying.
To become a student at the College you will need to go through the following process:
• The course must be run by an approved education provider – the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is an approved provider, licensed as a Highly Trusted Sponsor under the UK Border Agency Tier 4 sponsorship scheme. Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter will contain the College license number.
• The College is offering sponsorship under Tier 4 General or Adult Student Visas – you must be aged 16 or over on 31 August 2012.
• The course must be at Level 3 or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels; for an explanation of levels of study see the further information section below.
• You must be studying for a minimum of 15 hours per week organised daytime study (daytime study is 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday).
• You must show evidence of being able to pay for the course fee and sufficient income to live on while in the UK. Our international course fee for 2012-13 is £5,116.00 for Level 3 courses. The amount of income required by the UK Border Agency if you are living in inner London is £1000.00 per month or £800.00 for outer London for each month of study, i.e. £9,000.00 if studying at the Tottenham Centre for courses lasting one year or £7,200 if studying at the Enfield Centre for courses lasting one year. This makes a total in the range of £12,316.00 to £14,116.00 depending on the location of study. You will also need to pay an examination fee and any materials charges for your course.
• The courses that we offer are described on our website. Please note that we do not offer A Levels or English Language courses for international students.
• You must complete the College Course Application Form using the course code for the course you would like to apply for.
• Your qualifications must meet the entry criteria for the course – these are included in the course description. You will need to provide copies of relevant qualifications with translations in English if necessary and a letter of comparability from the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) at www.naric.org.uk. This will show the equivalence of your qualifications related to the National Qualification Framework in the UK.
• You will need to demonstrate that your level of written English meets the requirements in the course entry criteria. The minimum level required by the UK Border Agency is CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B1.
We check the documentation you have sent us to make sure that you are meeting the UK Border Agency requirements and the entry criteria for the course. If you have met these conditions we send you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter.
To obtain a visa for entry clearance, ie permission to enter the UK as a student, you will need 40 points.
• Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter from the College counts as 30 points.
• Evidence of having sufficient income to pay the course fees and for maintenance counts as 10 points.
Check on the UK Border Agency website where to apply for your student visa. If you are applying for a student visa from outside the UK, you should check with your local visa issuing post (also known as entry clearance post) to see how to apply in your country of residence.
Your student visa will have a start (valid from) and end (valid to) date. You will be able to plan when to enter the UK. The length of your visa must extend beyond the end date of your course.
Please note that the College does not provide accommodation for international students.
When you have obtained your student visa, you must inform the College admissions office and we will write to you with details about your enrolment date and what you will need to bring with you when you enrol.
You must come in to College to enrol on the specified date and pay the total course fees at the start of your course.
The College is required to inform the UK Border Agency of any international learners who have been given entry clearance, following the issue of a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies, and who do not enrol.
You are expected to attend your course regularly; the College will monitor your attendance and report to the UK Border Agency on your attendance.