International: apply for a Student visa

If you are an international student, you will need to apply for a Student visa to study with us.  We have outlined some information below which you will need to know about applying for a Student visa.

Student route

If you are applying to the new Student route you will need to demonstrate they that you meet the required 70 points.

To achieve the required points, you will need to show that:

  • You have been offered a place on a course and have received a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) – 50 Points
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English – 10 Points
  • You have enough money to support yourself and pay for any outstanding course fees – 10 Points

Equivalent qualifications

Click on the links before to view the qualifications we accept from certain countries. Because there are so many international qualifications out there, it’s difficult to put together a list of all the equivalent qualifications we accept. We encourage you to contact us about your qualifications, that way we can talk through your options and what courses are best for you. Email us now.

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
Ümumi Orta Təhsil Haqqında Attestat (General Secondary Education Certificate) Below GCSE 1 N/A
Tam Orta Təhsil Haqqında Attestati (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education) GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4 2 Every subject passed may be considered equivalent to GCSE. This is not applicable to English language Foundation degrees
İlk Peşə-ixtisas Təhsil Haqqında Diplom (Diploma of Initial Vocational Education) Level 2 NVQ 2 Every subject passed may be considered equivalent to GCSE. This is not applicable to English language
Subbakalavr Dərəcəsi (Sub-bachelor degree) BTEC National diploma / Extended diploma 3 Individual academic subjects passed may be considered equivalent to GCSE. This is not applicable to English language

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
საბაზო ზოგადი განათლების ატესტატი (Basic General Education Diploma) Below GCSE 1 N/A
პროფესიულ–ტექნიკური სასწავლებლის დიპლომი (Primary Vocational Education Diploma) Below GCSE 1 These qualifications have been discontinued since 2010 N/A
მესამე საფეხურის პროფესიული კვალიფიკაცია (Professional Qualification Level III) Level 2 Vocational Qualification NVQ 2 Every subject passed may be considered equivalent to GCSE. This is not applicable to English language Foundation Degrees
სრული ზოგადი განათლების ატესტატი (General Education Diploma) GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4 2 Every subject passed may be considered equivalent to GCSE. This is not applicable to English language
საშუალო (სახელობო) განათლების ატესტატი/დიპლომი (Secondary Vocational Education Diploma) Between BTEC First and BTEC National qualifications 2/3 These qualifications have been discontinued since 2010
დიპლომირებული სპეციალისტი (Certified Specialist) Higher National Certificate (HNC) 4 Comparable to a Bachelor’s degree when studied for 4 years or more. Foundation degreeWhen studied for less than 4 years

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
Basic Education Certificate Below GCSE 1 N/A
School certificate – 1994 / General certificate of education Ordinary level – 2000 GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4 2 Where grades 1-6 have been obtained Foundation Degrees
Senior secondary school certificate GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4 2 For subjects passed with grades A-D from 1994 – 2005
West African senior school certificate GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4 2 For subjects passed with grades A1 – C6
Diploma in Business Studies BTEC National Diploma / Extended Diploma 3 When awarded by the Ghana education service (GES)
General certificate of education Advanced Level Overall standard of GCE advanced (A) level 3
Higher National Diploma (HND) Foundation Degree / BTEC Level 5 5 Must be in a business-related subject Top-up

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
Ijazah – Sekolah Menengah Pertama / Madrasah Tsanawiyah (SMP/MTs) – (Diploma – General / Islamic Junior Secondary School) Below GCSE 1 N/A
Ijazah Pendidikan Kesetaraan Program Paket C (Certificate – Equivalency Education Program Package C) GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level 3 Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C / 9-4. This is not applicable to English Language. Foundation Degrees
Ijazah – Sekolah Menengah Atas / Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) (Diploma – General / Islamic Senior Secondary School) GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level 3 Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C / 9-4. This is not applicable to English Language.
Ijazah – Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan / Madrasah Aliyah Kejuran (SMK/MAK) – (Diploma – General / Islamic Vocational Secondary School) BTEC National Certificate / Extended CertificateWhen studied for 3 years or less than 4BTEC National Diploma / Extended Diploma
When studied for 4 years or less than 5
3 Every subject passed up to class XII (grade 12) may be comparable to GCSE grades A*-C / 9-4. This is not applicable to English Language.
Sertifikat Hasil Ujian Nasional – Sekolah Menengah Atas / Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMA/SMK) (National Examination Certificate of Results – General / Vocational Senior Secondary School) GCE Advanced Level (A Level) 3
Diploma I (D1)Also known as Ahli Pratama (A.P.) BTEC National Diploma / Extended Diploma 3
Diploma II (D2)Also known as Ahli Muda (A.Ma.) BTEC L4 4
Diploma III (D3)Also known as Ahli Madya (A.Md.) Foundation Degree / BTEC Level 5/ Higher National Diploma (HND) 5 Must be in a business-related subject Top-up

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) Below GCSE 1 N/A
Kenya Junior Secondary Examination (KJSE) Below GCSE 1
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) GCSE Grades A*- C/9 – 4.When Mean Grade C (Plain) and below have been awardedGCE Advanced subsidiary (AS) level
When Mean Grade C+ (Plus) and above have been awarded
2 Every subject passed where grades A-D has been obtained may be considered equivalent to GCSE A*-C / 9-4. This is not applicable to English Language. Foundation Degrees
Diploma / Diploma in Technical Education Programme (TEP) BTEC National diploma / Extended Diploma 3 Where awarded by the Kenya National Examinations Council
Higher Diploma Foundation degree / BTEC Level 5 5 Where awarded by the Kenya National Examinations Council. Must be in a business-related subject Top-up

Name ECCTIS FHEQ level Notes Course Eligibility
General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level GCSE Grades
A*- C/9 – 4
2 Where grades 1-6 have been obtained Foundation Degrees
Senior School Certificate 2 For subjects passed with A1 – C6
West African Senior School Certificate 2
General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Overall standard of GCE advanced (A) level 3
National diploma (ND) BTEC National Diploma / Extended Diploma 3
Higher National Diploma (HND) Foundation Degree / BTEC Level 5 5 Must be in a business-related subject Top-up

Supporting documents

You will need the following documents to apply for your visa:

  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
  • Current and valid passport/travel document
  • Your original transcripts and certificates
  • Evidence of finances
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Tuberculosis certificate* (if you are living in a country that is listed on the UKVI website)

You may be exempt under specific conditions outlined by the UKVI.

If the entire or any part of the documents you provide are not in English or Welsh, you must also have them officially translated by a certified translator and submit the official translations with the rest of your documents.

Depending on your individual circumstance, you may be required to provide more documents. More information about the supporting documents required for your visa application can be found here.

Student visa application costs

A Student visa application costs £348 for a standard service (which takes approximately 15 working days) if applied for from outside the UK. However, you can opt to have a faster service for the following costs:

  • an additional £220 for the priority service which takes up to 5 working days for a decision to be made; or
  • an additional £956 for the super priority service which takes 1 business day for a decision to be made.

You can check if these additional services are available in your country by visiting the UKVI website.

In addition, you will also need to pay £470 per year for the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your visa application. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service on generally the same basis as a UK permanent resident. More information can be found here.

Applying for a Student visa extension

We can help you if you need to apply for an extension to your existing Student visa in order to finish your course. You must apply for a visa extension before your current visa expires. You can start the process and submit your application within 3 months of its expiry date.

For more information about applying for a visa to the Student route, please click here.

Scholarships

International students may be eligible to apply for a scholarship. For more information, please email sr@bil.ac.uk.

Student loans for South African students

Bloomsbury Institute has partnered with Student Hero to help our applicants to learn about, apply and qualify for study funding. Student Hero is South Africa’s largest student finance facilitation service, an initiative aimed at helping students be their future selves sooner.

Find out more about financing your studies here.

Apply to study with us

We advise you apply to study with us first and have your offer confirmed before you make a visa application.

For information on how to apply to study with us, please click here 

Working during your studies

The main purpose of a Student visa under the Student route is that you come to the UK for study, however, as we are a Student sponsor with a Track Record of Compliance our students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during official vacation periods.

Bringing your dependant(s) to the UK

You can bring your dependants to the UK with you or at a later date within the duration of your course if you choose to study our MBA course. More information about brining your dependants to the UK can be found here.

More information

For more information about sponsored students and our compliance procedures, please read our International Sponsored Student Guide and International Student Policy and Compliance Procedures documents which can be found here.

Have any questions?

Please don’t hesitate to speak to us! We’re here to help you and answer any questions or worries you may have. Email us on visa.compliance@bil.ac.uk or call us on +44(0)20 7078 8843.

Alternatively you can visit our FAQ page for short answers to frequently asked questions.