Essential visa information for Pre-sessional students
We run 12-week and 7-week Pre-sessional English language courses for academic courses starting in September and January of each year.
Download a summary of the Pre-sessional English language course application process:
I have been accepted onto the pre-sessional course, what must I do next?
Once you have been accepted onto the Pre-sessional English language course, you will need to pay the Pre-sessional course fees and a deposit of £4,000 to secure your place on the course.
After you have secured a place on the Pre-sessional course, you will receive an email asking you to complete the request for the ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ form.
Do I need a visa to study on the Pre-sessional English language course?
If you are an EEA or Swiss national, you do not need permission to study in the United Kingdom.
You are an EEA national if you are a citizen or national of one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
All non-EEA nationals must have immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
If you are coming to study at the University and have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa.
I have a conditional offer for my degree programme at the University of Westminster
If the offer for your degree programme is conditional on meeting the English language requirements and/or meeting certain academic criteria you will be issued with two separate CASs.
You will receive one CAS for your Pre-sessional course and a second CAS once you have successfully completed your Pre-sessional course and are in a position to apply for your Tier 4 (general) visa extension for your main degree course.
I have an unconditional offer for my degree course, can I get one CAS to cover both my Pre-sessional course and my degree course?
If you have an unconditional offer for your degree course this means that you have met the academic and English language requirements for your course.
If you are attending the Pre-sessional course as additional preparation you may be able to get a joint CAS. In this case, you will only need to submit one Tier 4 visa application which covers both your Pre-sessional course and your degree course.
How much money must I have for my maintenance for my Pre-sessional visa?
This section is only relevant to you if you have been given a conditional offer for your degree course and are going to receive two CASs.
The CAS for your Pre-sessional course will say that all your course fees have been paid and will not list your £4,000 deposit for your main degree course.
The Home Office rules state that you must have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs while you are in the UK. Since you will have paid the fees for your Pre-sessional course in full, you will only need to have the money in place for your living costs.
You are required to have £1,265 for each month or part of a month that you will be studying on your Pre-sessional course towards your living costs.
This money can be in your account or in your parents’ bank account. If you are using your parents’ bank account, you will also need to submit your original birth certificate and a consent letter from your parent. If you have not paid your course fees in full, please contact Student Advice for guidance on how much money you are required to have.
|Course duration||Number of months and part months||Amount of living costs per month||Total required for your living costs.|
|12-week Pre-sessional course||3*||£1,265||£3,795|
|7-week Pre-sessional course||2*||£1,265||£2,530|
*We recommend that you show an additional month’s maintenance money.
The money for your living costs must be in your account for a consecutive period of 28 days and your financial evidence must meet the Home Office requirements.
What documents will I need to submit in support of my Pre-sessional visa application?
You will need to submit the following documents in support of your Tier 4 visa application:
You must have been issued with a CAS before you can make your Tier 4 visa application.
|Evidence of your finances||
Please see the Maintenance and fees for 28 days page for full evidence that the Home Office will accept and for more information if you are relying on your parents' bank statements.
If you are being sponsored read the Official Financial Sponsorship page.
If any of your documents are not in English you must provide a translation of the documents.
You must submit passport sized photographs in support of your application. Please see the Home Office passport photo requirements.
|Original degree certificate or transcript||
You must submit evidence of your qualifications as stated on your CAS.
Your original certificate must include: your name, title of award, date of award, and name of awarding institution.
Your original transcript must include: your name, name of the academic institution, course title, confirmation of award.
|TB test certificate||
Since the Pre-sessional course is less than 6 months long, it is unlikely that you will need a TB test for your Pre-sessional course, unless, you have a joint CAS.
Check Gov.uk on TB tests to see if you are a national from a country that requires a TB test.
|Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)||
You will only have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge if you have a joint CAS. You will have to pay £150 for each year of your course.
Check Gov.uk for more information about the IHS.
Please note that you will not be required to pay the IHS if you are just applying for the visa for your Pre-sessional course.
You will need private health insurance to cover the period of your pre-sessional course up to the date that your next Tier 4 visa is issued by the UKVI. We suggest your private health insurance should cover the length of your pre-sessional course plus at least 3 months. You will not be asked for evidence of this for your Tier 4 visa application.