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Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies

You must have a CAS before making an application as a Tier 4 (general) student.

If you are continuing on a course at the University or are applying to study a new course at the University, you must apply for a new CAS.

For more information on the procedure and applying for a CAS, please refer to the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) page.


If you are applying to start a new course, you must present evidence of the qualifications that the University used to assess your suitability for the course.

Your CAS will tell you what the qualifications are. If applying from outside the UK, you must present your original certificates or original official transcripts of the qualifications listed on your CAS. If applying in the UK you can send copies of either your certificates or official transcripts.

If you are applying for extra time to complete your current course of study, you will not normally need to show evidence of your qualifications.

Your qualifications must include the following information:


  • Your name
  • Title of award
  • Date of award
  • Name of awarding institution
  • Your name
  • Course title
  • Confirmation of the award
  • Name of academic institution
Financial evidence

There are specific Home Office maintenance requirements. You must submit evidence that meets these requirements.

If you are relying on your parents' funds you will also need to include the following:

  • Letter of consent from your parents
  • Your birth certificate

If applying outside the UK you must present original documents, if applying in the UK you can present copies.

For more information visit our maintenance and fees and the 28-day rule page. If you are being sponsored please read official financial sponsorship.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate

You will require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for certain science and technology courses.

The ATAS certificate is issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for permission to study the course.

Your offer letter and your CAS will tell you if you need an ATAS certificate.

It takes around 4 weeks to receive a decision about an ATAS application, so it is important that you make your ATAS application around one month before you intend to apply for your visa. You can find out more information about the ATAS certificate on the FCO website.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

You are required to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you are resident in certain countries and are coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

You will be issued with a certificate if your test shows that you do not have TB. This certificate is valid for six months. You must include this original certificate in support of your visa application.

You can find out if you need to do a TB test on the website.

You are not required to submit a TB test certificate if you are applying for your visa extension inside the UK.

Your passport You must submit your original, valid passport with your application.
A photograph

You must send passport sized photographs with your application when applying outside the UK. These photographs must meet the Home Office requirements.

Police Registration Certificate

If your current or most recent immigration permission has (or had) the condition to register with the police, you must submit your up-to-date police registration certificate with your Tier 4 application.

You are not required to submit a police registration certificate if you are submitting an entry clearance application.


If your documents are not in English or Welsh you will need to submit translations of these documents. Please refer to the Translation guidelines page.

If you are under the age of 18 you are required to submit additional documentation in support of your application. Please contact Student Advice for further information.

Differentiation arrangement

If you are a national of one of the countries listed in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules, you can take advantage of the differentiation arrangement. You will not normally need to submit your qualifications or evidence of your money with your Tier 4 (general) visa application.

However, it is important that you have these up-to-date documents available and in the required format as the Home Office may request this evidence at a later date. Failure to provide these documents, when asked, will lead to your application being refused.

If you have a British Nationals (Overseas) passport, Hong Kong passport or Taiwanese passport then you may be covered by the differentiation arrangements. See Appendix H of the Immigration Rules and contact Student Advice for further information.