The category you choose will depend on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study.
The quick guide provided by the UK border agency describes the different categories, and can help you to choose the correct category for you.
If you think you know which category is suitable for you, select it from the list below for more information about the requirements and how to apply.
The British council has produced 2 brochures ‘creating confidence – make sure that your time in the UK is safe and enjoyable’ and ‘Safety first – making sure your visit to the UK is safe and enjoyable‘ for people interested in studying in the UK.
Categories for Palestinians or people from outside Europe who want to study in UK
For adults who want to come to the UK for their post-16 education.
For children aged between 4 and 17 years old on a long course of study.
For adults who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here.
For children who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here.
For people who need to finalise their arrangements for their Tier 4 course of study in the UK.
Information for students who are currently in the UK under the Rules that were in place before 31 March 2009.