Pre-Departure Guide is for all our new international students to prepare you for arriving at The University of Law. The guide contains advice and information including visas, accommodation, healthcare, money, and much more. On arrival you will receive an arrivals handbook with loads of information to help you settle in to life in the UK.
As part of you preparation, you should also read the advice on what you need to do and what documentation you will need to present at the borders as you enter the UK.
As part of your preparations for your studying in the UK this year, Border Force want to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible.
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Non-EEA students will have a separate induction on the following dates:
The majority of international, non-European Economic Area (EEA), students applying to study at The University of Law will require a visa to study with us. The University holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence and is listed on the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration register. You can find us on the register under the name The University of Law Limited.
The University is prepared to sponsor genuine full-time non-EEA students requiring a visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.
The University cannot sponsor students for part-time study under Tier 4.
What type of student visa do I need? What is the CAS? How do I obtain my CAS? When will you start and stop issuing CAS? For how long is the CAS valid? When can I apply for my Tier 4 Visa? How many points are required to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa?
Tier 4 (General) Student Visas for full-time study You will need a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa if you are 18 years old or above and are intending to study for a full-time postgraduate or undergraduate degree programme or any other eligible academic or training programme at The University of Law, that is 6 months or longer.
Part-time Study If you are an international student (undertaking a full-time programme elsewhere or with existing leave to remain) and you wish to study with us part-time, you should ensure that you have the correct entry clearance or visa to allow you to do this, and also that this covers the full duration of your intended programme. The University of Law will not be held responsible for any consequences arising from you being unable to complete your studies due to your visa not covering the duration of their programme.
The University of Law cannot sponsor students for part-time study under Tier 4.
i-StudyLaw Students on our i-StudyLaw courses which are longer than six months should enter as student visitors for up to six months. Before entering the UK you would need to apply for a short-term study entry clearance, or leave to enter on arrival if you are non-visa national, on every occasion on which you need to come to the UK. The University will issue a Short-term study Visa Letter for you stating the details of the course, including its duration and cost.
Please note that Short-term study Visa cannot be renewed from within the UK. Students on Short-term study Visa are prohibited from undertaking any paid work or unpaid work or work placement in the UK.
The University of Law cannot sponsor students for i-StudyLaw study under Tier 4.
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The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number which will be issued to you by The University of Law. The application detail includes:
When you apply for your visa (entry clearance) you must include the original of all supporting documents listed. Without these your visa application will be refused.
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Once you have met all of your academic and language conditions - as requested by the University - and paid your deposit, you will receive a CAS reference number.
The University will check that it has received a certified copy of:
A certified copy is a duplicate of the original document which has been certified as an exact reproduction of the original by either
You will also have to send us copies of documents needed to show money available to you for maintenance and remaining tuition fees (If any) as per Home Office guidance.
The University will e-mail you to confirm that all details it will enter on the CAS application are correct.
Your details will then be entered onto the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration Sponsor Management System by us and a CAS reference number will be generated as a result. You will receive an e-mail, which will contain your CAS reference number and further details (including our Sponsor Licence number) that will assist you in making your visa application. If you do not receive your CAS e-mail within 3 weeks of supplying all the information requested please contact email@example.com
When you apply for your visa (entry clearance) you must include the original (or certified copies) of all supporting documents listed. Without these your visa application will be refused.
The dates that the University will start and stop issuing CAS for the January 2017 intake are as follows:
Please note that the deadline for issuing CAS cannot be extended.
The CAS will expire after 6 months so if you do not make your application within this period a new CAS will be required. The University is unlikely to issue you with a new CAS unless you can provide good reason for why you did not use the original one.
You can apply no more than 3 months before the start date of the course or the date of travel. You should check with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration service as to their processing times.
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In order to apply successfully for a Student Visa you need to obtain 40 points under Tier 4 of the Points Based System of UK migration.
Details of these requirements, including the specific types of financial documents that are acceptable, can be found on the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration website.
It is very important that you can demonstrate that you meet these criteria when you apply for your visa, otherwise it will be refused.
The most usual entry criteria for The University of Law LL.B is ABB at GCE A level. Some equivalent acceptable international qualifications are set out below.
You will be required to provide documentary proof of your qualification(s).
LLB International entry requirements GDL International entry requirements LPC International entry requirements BPTC International entry requirements
High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a 4.0 scale Plus one of the following:
A law degree can be studied as an undergraduate course in the UK. If you are intending to return to Canada to qualify as a lawyer, we recommend that you study law in the UK only after completing a first degree in Canada. We recommend this because (1) you will satisfy the number of post-High School years of education required to enter the profession, and (2) most Canadian law degrees are post-graduate courses and employers would normally want to see evidence of non-law undergraduate study.
Note that if you are planning to qualify in the UK (or indeed not to qualify at all) you can study straight from High School. The entry requirements are below:
Canadian High School/Secondary School Diploma from: Alberta 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; British Columbia 5 B grades in acceptable grade 12 courses; Manitoba 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; New Brunswick 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; Newfoundland 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; North West Territories 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; Nova Scotia 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; Ontario Advanced level with six grade 12 courses; Prince Edward Island 70% in five acceptable grade 12 courses; Quebec (Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC)) Pass; Saskatchewan 70% five acceptable grade 12 courses; Yukon Territory 5 B grades in acceptable grade 12 courses.
Cambridge Overseas Advanced Level Examination - ABB; STPM Malaysia Higher School Certificate - Minimum 3 Principals A to B.
CBSE Standard 12, ICSE or Higher Secondary - 75% and above
Singapore SIPCAL 3 H2 subjects required at ABB. Singapore/Cambridge GCE A level ABB
HKALE BCC or HKDSE 554
A1,A1,A2,A2,B1,B1 at Higher Level in the Irish leaving certificate
Applicants taking the Matura are required to achieve a minimum of 80% in 3 advanced subjects.
French Baccalaureate 14 out of 20
Grades of at least 80% (or an average of grade B) for High School Certificate AND have either successfully completed a recognised one-year foundation programme or completed one year of study at a university in China.
A minimum grade of 5 in the Attestat o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) plus the completion of a recognised foundation year.
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A UK degree in any discipline, or an equivalent qualification. For intending barristers, this must be a minimum of a 2.2.
Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates need to apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers).
Offers are conditional on students having a sufficient command of English to complete the course successfully.
If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a “majority English speaking country” you must provide a certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. Providers that we would suggest you contact are:
If you have a legal qualification from outside England and Wales or have studied aspects of law as part of a non-qualifying degree course, you may be exempted from certain elements of the GDL. We're happy to accept applications from exempt students, subject to Solicitors Regulation Authority / Bar Standards Board requirements. Contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (future barristers) to find out more.
A qualifying law degree or a GDL/CPE or similar qualification such as FILEX. Students with an overseas degree should discuss their eligibility with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Offers are conditional on students having a sufficient command of English to complete the course successfully If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a “majority English speaking country”, you must provide a certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. Providers that we would suggest you contact are:
Either a qualifying law degree (2:1 minimum) or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:2 minimum) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE.Students with an overseas degree should discuss their eligibility with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) You will be required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test. For further information please check the BSB websiteThe BPTC requires a high level of ability in both written and oral English. If English is not your first language, your offer is conditional on you gaining a score of 7.5 or above in all subjects of the British Council academic IELTS (academic) test or a Pearsons academic – a score of 73 in all four areas.IELTS tests can be arranged through the British Council both here and overseas. For more information visit www.britishcouncil.org or www.ielts.org For Pearson academic test information, visit www.pearsonpte.com
The University is required to see evidence of English language ability before issuing a CAS number to students from non-majority English speaking countries.
Students who have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country do not need to obtain a separate English language qualification. However in some circumstances The University of Law may request evidence of your English proficiency either before you start a programme or during the programme of study.
You will need to send us the following:
A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning.
language qualifications by course:
English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests
taken from January 2015)
English: First Certificate (test
taken before January 2015)
English: Advanced (test
taken before January 2015)
English: Proficiency (test
taken before January 2015)
English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test
taken before January 2015)
English: First Certificate (test
taken before January 2015)
According to the Home Office these are the majority English speaking countries:
The BahamasBarbadosBelizeCanadaDominicaGrenadaGuyanaJamaicaNew ZealandSt Kitts and NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent and the GrenadinesTrinidad and TobagoUnited States of AmericaUnited Kingdom
The following table shows EEA countries
For purposes of visa requirements, Switzerland is also exempted.
Applying for a Tier 4 Visa abroad How do I send my application to the UKVI if I am applying in the UK? What is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)? Do I need to go for an interview as part of my application? Do I need to have a medical check? What happens if I don’t enrol? What If I want to cancel my place? What if I need to defer my place? Can you sponsor me under the Tier 4 Visa for the Call to the Bar?
Our courses are at the following levels within the NQF:
In order to prove your academic progression, as required by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must submit your latest qualification (if you were studying in the UK before) regardless whether that qualification is required as part of the entry criteria for your course.
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Only those LL.M students studying the full-time LL.M can be sponsored by the University under Tier 4. We cannot sponsor students for the i-LL.M including those undertaking attendance module modules (who must arrange to study under a Short-term study Visa) or for the practice-focused dissertation.
You will not be eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa if you wish to use exemptions from subjects on the Graduate Diploma in Law granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board. This is because you will not be undertaking full-time study. Please contact Admissions to discuss your options.
You will not be eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa if you wish to use exemptions from subjects on the Legal Practice Course granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board. This is because you will not be undertaking full-time study. Please contact Admissions to discuss your options.
You can apply no more than 3 months before the start date of the course or the date of travel. You should check with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as to their processing times.
Students applying for an entry clearance to come to the UK for more than six months as a Tier 4 Student will be given a vignette (visa) valid for 30 days only. This will allow you to enter the UK. You must then collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office branch you selected as part of your application no later than 10 days after your arrival in the UK.
You can come to enrol with the unexpired vignette, however you must bring your new BRP card once collected from the Post Office, before the end date of your vignette. It is your responsibility to collect the BRP card from the Post Office.
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All applications must be submitted using the online application form. It is important that you submit your application online no later than the date that your current immigration permission to be in the UK ends. You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. You can choose whether you want to submit your documents in the post or in person.
For more information please visit the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.
You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge as part of your immigration application. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS). All Tier 4 Students have to pay a healthcare surcharge for visa applications made outside or within the UK.
As a Tier 4 Student you have to pay £150 per year. You will pay half of the yearly amount if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months. You will pay for a whole year if your application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months.
Please note that extra months given on your visa will also be counted.
You must pay the healthcare surcharge before you submit or send your visa application (or book an appointment at a premium service centre).
Your visa or immigration application will not be granted if you do not pay the healthcare surcharge or your application will be delayed if you do not pay the right amount.
For more information on please check the UKVI's how much to pay advice.
Yes, possibly. If you are asked to go for an interview and you cannot show that your English language ability is at the correct level your entry clearance application may be refused. From 30th July 2012, if your nationality is not listed as one of the "low risk" nationalities, you can be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or by telephone.
Students from some countries are required to provide a medical certificate confirming that they are clear of Tuberculosis. You should check the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration website for up-to-date information on the countries that require a medical certificate as part of an entry clearance application
If you enter the UK on a student visa and do not enrol at your chosen institution you will be in breach of your immigration status. Under the Points Based System, the University will be obliged to report to the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration any student who obtains entry clearance under the Points Based System on the basis of an offer to study one of our programmes but does not enrol at the start of the course as specified on your CAS. Students who suspend their studies or who fail to attend their classes for significant periods will also be reported to United Kingdom Visas and Immigration. This includes students who are excluded for non-payment of fees.
Should you decide to cancel your place then The University of Law will withdraw its sponsorship under Tier 4 and will notify the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration accordingly. The CAS reference number will be withdrawn.
Should you wish to defer your place to a later course then The University of Law will withdraw its sponsorship under Tier 4 and will notify the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration accordingly. The CAS number will be withdrawn. You will need to obtain a new CAS number from the University at the appropriate time and make a new visa application. Depending on your reasons for deferring your place we may or may not issue you with a new CAS.
The University of Law cannot sponsor you under the Points Based System for the Call to the Bar. Please contact your Inn for more information.
Should you wish to speak with a member of our International Visa Office team, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1483 216588.
Alternatively, follow this link to find out more about chatting to a member of our International team at an event or via a one-to-one Skype session.