Tier 4 (General) student visas can only be issued for certain courses. If your course is eligible, your education provider (Tier 4 sponsor) will give you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you use to apply for a Tier 4 visa. The course details will be on the CAS.
Tier 4 (General) visas can also be granted for work as a student union sabbatical officer, as a postgraduate doctor or dentist in training, or as a PhD graduate under the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
This information is based on the Immigration Rules and on the Home Office's Tier 4 policy guidance. We update our information as soon as possible after any changes. However, if you have printed this webpage, we advise that you check on our website that it is still the most recent version.
Please see our news item for further information on how the Tier 4 (General) route will be changing from 5 October 2020. This page still refers to 'Tier 4' and also signposts to the 'Tier 4 Policy Guidance' but includes changes that will result from the introduction of the 'Student' route.