Information for FE members

Below are quick links to information for further education members, which you may find useful if you advise students on any of the issues below. 

If you are not yet a UKCISA member, read more about the benefits of membership and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Short-term students

  • Short-term student visa
  • Information in our manual and access to the members’ advice line. This includes correspondence we have had with the Home Office, relating to questions we ask and points we make (which are often questions/points which you as members raise with us).

EU law and Brexit

Fees and Student Support

  • Dedicated information for students studying a publicly funded FE course in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Information in our manual and access to the members’ advice line. This includes correspondence we have had with the various funding bodies, relating to questions we ask and points we make (which are often questions/points which you as members raise with us)

Tier 4 Higher Education Provider (HEP) 'privileges'  ​

From 1 August 2019, some FE and private provider Tier 4 sponsors, and their students, will be entitled to 'privileges' previously reserved to recognised bodies and bodies in receipt of public funding as a higher education institution (HEI). For details, see Tier 4 sponsor guidance document 4. The table below attempts to provide a list of these 'privileges', with information about where to go to find out more. Please read all detailed information before advising students; for space reasons, the list in the table is a summary only.

If you have questions, and your institution is a UKCISA member, please call us on the UKCISA Members' Line.


'Privilege'

Degree-level study only?

Find out more

Manual includes links to law and guidance

Academic progress: can be met if moving from one course to another at the same level

Yes

 Manual 4.11.5

Applications in UK for Tier 4 leave to remain

No

Manual 5.1

Applications in UK for Tier 2 leave plus exemptions from resident labour market test and restricted certificates of sponsorship

Yes

Employment (Tier 2)

Caps on study: extra 11 months

Yes

Manual 4.15

Caps on study: 6 years (plus 11 months) if first course at least 4 years long

Yes

Manual 4.15.2

Caps on study: no limit if postgraduate research qualification

Yes

Manual 4.15.4

Change of course at same institution without making a new application, if a number of requirements are met

Yes

Manual 10.3.4

Dependants if student is not government-sponsored

Yes (postgrads only)

Manual 16.1.1

Doctorate extension scheme

Yes (PhD)

Manual 4.18 

Endorsing body for Start-up

No

Start-up scheme

English language assessment by Tier 4 sponsor

Yes

Manual 4.12.3

Part-time study

Yes (postgrads only)

Manual 4.6.3

Single CAS for pre-sessional and main course

Yes (main course)

Manual 4.6.10

Sites and teaching partnerships: exceptional arrangements

No

Manual 3.6

Work during study: 20 hpw, full-time vacations

Yes

Manual 10.4

Work during study: 10 hpw, full-time vacations

No

Manual 10.4

Work placements up to 50% of course

Yes

Manual 4.7.4


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