Digbeth Campus at South & City College Birmingham

How do I apply and what documents do I need to submit for Student Route?

Most courses start in September and with courses filling up fast you will need to get your application in quickly to secure your place. Below you will find details of our application process for Student Route students. For applicants wishing to study one of the English Language courses the process is slightly different, please see English Language School

Step 1. Initial Enquiry
Take a look at our information about the college, courses and fees both online and in the International Guide. If you need help choosing the right course then please contact us.

Step 2. Application
Download and complete the Student Route International Application Form

Remember to attach everything on the checklist


• Copies of qualifications - If you are using documents that are not in English, you must also provide an official translation. The translation must contain Confirmation from the translator or translation company that It is an accurate translation of the original document; The date of the translation; The full name and signature of the translator or of an authorised official of the translation company; The translator or translation company's contact details.

Approved test providers and approved tests

• IELTS SELT Consortium (UK or overseas)

Please note that if you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre.

Additionally You can also take a SELT with the following new providers:

• Language Cert (UK or overseas)
• Trinity College London (UK only)
• Pearson (UK and overseas)


ID Documents
• Clear copy of your passport cover and personal details page

Personal Statement
• Detailing reason as to why you wish to apply for the course

Financial Documents

  • Financial evidence of maintenance and tuition fees - Bank statements / Certificates confirming that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees for the first year and £1023 per month for living costs up to a maximum of 9 months, also referred to as maintenance.
  • Please note that you must be able to prove that the money has been in your or your parent's/legal guardian's account for 28 days. Do not submit your Student Route application unless you meet this requirement or your visa will be refused
  • Official Sponsorship certificates will be accepted for sponsored students.
  • Birth Certificate must be provided if parents are paying and if money is in parents account.

References from previous educational institutions

TB Certificate
Required for selected countries (see list of countries on the https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk)

Step 3. Offer Letter
Once we have processed your application we will issue you with a conditional offer if you meet the international admission and course entry criteria. This offer will be subject to a number of conditions which must be met before your place can be confirmed, including a Skype interview.

Step 4. Payment of Fees
When we confirm that you have met all of the conditions of the offer you will then need to pay the full first year's fee. The preferred method is bank transfer. Our bank details will be supplied in our letter to you.
PLEASE NOTE: The first £450 of this fee is a non-refundable administration charge. Details of our refund policy can be found here.

Step 5. CAS
When we are in receipt of your fee we will assign your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). You will use this to apply for your visa

Step 6. Visa Application
Your visa application will need to be made online. (If you do not have an agent then) We will guide you in this process.

Guidance on how to apply for your Student Route visa

The earliest you can apply for a Student Route visa is six months before the start date of the course.
1. Complete online Student Route application form https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type/tier4
2. Pay Immigration Heath Surcharged (I H S) https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/how-much-pay and https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/y
3. Book your appointment at a visa application center (to get a biometric residence permit and to have your fingerprints scanned) as part of your application
4. Attend biometrics appointment (scan and upload your documents before the appointment)
5. If asked Attend Creditability Interview
For further information and guidance please visit Student visa - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

During your interview a UKVI member of staff may ask you change paragraph after that too to attend a credibility interview. The credibility interview is to assess two things:

• To check that you are a genuine student whose main purpose in coming to the UK is to study the course at South & City College Birmingham.
• To check if you English Language are at the right level to study in the UK.

Prepare for the interview you should read your personal statement and our guide.

Questions UKVI may ask are:

a. Motivation for studying the course?
b. Reasons for wanting to the study in the UK?
c. Reasons for choosing the college?
d. How do your study plans fit into your career?
e. What information do you know about your course?
f. Arrangements for living expenses?

6. Home Office will contact you with a decision within 3 weeks and depending on the type of service used but visa processing times vary by country)
7. In case of visa refusal, please contact the International team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and attached your visa refusal letter.
Once you have arrived in the UK collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 10 days of your arrival and book your police registration within 7 days of UK arrival