Non-visa nationals wishing to study on a course of studies for a period of six months or less, may either apply for prior entry clearance as a visitor, or at the port of entry on arrival in the UK.
Eligible nationals from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America, are permitted to use an eGate in order to enter the UK as a visitor. On entry to the UK as a visitor, you will be able to carry out your course of studies using your visitor immigration permission. You do not need to see a Border Force Officer in order to receive a stamp.
Should you lose your passport following your arrival in the UK, you will firstly need to replace your passport by making the appropriate arrangements with your embassy in the UK. If you were eligible to use an eGate, you would not have obtained a stamp in your passport when you entered the UK so there is nothing to replace. It is recommended however that you retain a copy of some form of evidence of the initial date of your arrival in the UK, for example flight tickets or your boarding pass.
Visa national visitors who obtained prior entry clearance in order to study a course of six months or less, should follow the instructions for vignette for full length of leave if you lose your passport following entry to the UK.
Non-visa nationals who are not eligible to use the eGates, are required to see a Border Force Officer in order to receive a stamp as a visitor to study a course of six months or less. If you lose your passport following entry to the UK in this way, you will need to leave and re-enter the UK in order to obtain a further visitor stamp by seeing a Border Force Officer on re-entry. Until you depart the UK and obtain a further visitor stamp, you still remain a valid visitor in the UK. It is recommended however that you make arrangements to depart and return as soon as possible so that you can evidence the basis for your stay in the UK. You also should keep some form of evidence of the date of your original arrival in the UK.