Weymouth College is an ideal choice for international students. We are a further education and higher education college with over 3,000 full and part-time students, located on the beautiful south west coast of England.
Every year we welcome international students from around the world who benefit from our high quality education and training – our Sport department is judged to be Outstanding and one of the best in the country.
Whatever your reason, you’ll be glad you chose Weymouth.
Our safe, self-contained campus is ideal for international students and we have invested in our facilities to ensure that students have an inspiring learning environment.
What will I study at Weymouth College?
Many of our 16-18 year old international students at Weymouth College study the first year of the A Level programme which involves the study of three academic subjects or one of our new Flexible Pathways. Click here for more information.
Some students, however, choose to study one of our vocational Level 3 BTEC courses. Click here to find out more.
For full details of all our international study programmes please contact our Head of Academic Studies James Foster on James_Foster@weymouth.ac.uk or our Curriculum Administrator Jason Tyler on Jason_Tyler@weymouth.ac.uk
New Student Route at WEYMOUTH COLLEGE
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On 5 October 2020, the UK’s new and improved Student Route replaced the existing Tier 4 route, making for a more streamlined experience for both sponsoring institutions and students.
International students, including EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, must now apply for their visa – to study in the UK in 2021 – through the new Student Route which forms part of the UK’s points-based immigration system.
Applications should be made at www.gov.uk/student-visa
Further guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information
The Student Route at Weymouth College
Points to help you as you make your application to Weymouth College
(1) Non-EU, EEA and Swiss
The UK’s new and improved Student Route is now fully open. Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route* when it opens in summer 2021.
(2) EU, EEA and Swiss students now, to start their course in the UK in 2021
You will need to apply for a student visa through the new points-based immigration system. You can apply up to 6 months in advance of your course starting. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information)
(3) EU, EEA and Swiss students who started their course last year (2020) and arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020
If you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information
(4) EU, EEA and Swiss students who started their course last year (2020) but have deferred travel until this year (2021)
If you were unable to enter the UK by 31 December 2020 and will arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a Student visa through the new points-based immigration system before you travel to the UK. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information
(5) Existing students on Tier 4 visas
Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route* when it opens in summer 2021.
- The Graduate route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
(6) Please note:
All students applying to the new Student Route through the points-based immigration system, will need to demonstrate they meet the required 70 points. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution and
- have been issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) by their sponsor before making an application to the Student Route
- speak English to the required level
- are able to support themselves – at the required financial level – during their studies in the UK
A Student visa will cost £348 if applied for outside the UK and students will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their application, which gives migrants access to the UK’s National Health Service on generally the same basis as a UK permanent resident. Students will receive a 25% discount on the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge increased on 27 October 2020 and the discounted rate for Student visa holders is £470.
Some additional information
Guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK to study after 31 December 2020
- Applying to study in the UK from 1 January 2021 guide for EU, EEA and Swiss students
- Top tips for using the UK Immigration: ID Check app animation
EU Settlement Scheme
EU, EEA and Swiss students and their family members who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means) and should not apply under the points-based immigration system.
EU citizens must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 to be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and should apply by 30 June 2021. Students should still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme even if they do not intend to stay in the UK long-term. It is free to apply and applications can be made online on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/student-visa)
•EU, EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a visa and may participate in short term study.
EU Settlement Scheme: settled and pre-settled status
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will usually get settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme if they started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and have lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’). EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with settled status can spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing their status.
If EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not have 5 years’ continuous residence when they apply, they will usually get ‘pre-settled’ status. They must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can then apply to change this to settled status once they have 5 years’ continuous residence. They must do this before their pre-settled status expires. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with pre-settled status can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing their status. They will need to maintain their continuous residence if they want to qualify for settled status.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with settled or pre-settled status will be able to:
•Work in the UK
•Use the NHS for free, if they can at the moment
•Enrol in education or continue studying
•Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if they’re eligible for them
•Travel in and out of the UK.
Find out more about settled and pre-settled status on GOV.UK12
How does the new Student Route differ from the current Tier 4 route for international students?
The Student Route will streamline and simplify the current requirements and application process for international students studying in the UK. Improvements include:
- Allowing greater ability to apply for further leave as a Student in the UK, including study at any student sponsor type and at any level;
- Giving prospective students overseas the option to apply up to six months in advance of their course start date;
- Removing study time limits for all students on postgraduate courses;
- Removing the maintenance requirements for students who have already been in the UK for 12 months with valid leave, for those on recognised foundation programmes as doctors and dentists, and for students applying as student union sabbatical officers;
- Expanding ‘light touch’ documentary evidence requirements to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals;
- Giving higher education providers with a track record of compliance the ability to confirm a student’s academic ability without the need for previous qualifications to be submitted alongside an application;
- Bringing in a new ‘academic engagement’ policy to replace attendance monitoring for students at degree level and above;
- From the summer of 2021, introducing the new Graduate route for those who successfully complete a degree in the UK –allowing them to work or look for work for up to two years (three years for PhD graduates) after their studies.
What happens to applicants who have made an application / been issued a CAS before the new route went live?
- Applicants who have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued before 5 October 2020 at 0900 under the Tier 4 route will be able to use it for an application under the Student Route.
- All live applications made before 5 October 2020 at 0900 will be considered under the rules in effect at the time of application.
- Students with a CAS issued before the launch of the route will not be in any way disadvantaged if they make an application now the new rules have come into affect.
Can international students work under the Student Route?
- As with the previous Tier 4 route, depending on the level of study and the sponsoring institution, a student may be able to take up part time work in the UK alongside their studies. Different restrictions apply regarding what type of employment is permitted. Students will be notified of the work conditions that apply to them when they receive notice of their application being granted.
What is changing for Child students?
- Child students will benefit from new, simplified rules in line with the Law Commission’s report.
They will also not need to demonstrate availability of funds if they have already been in the UK for 12 months at the point they make a further application to remain as a Student or Child student.
- There will also be an explicit safeguarding requirement introduced for all sponsors of international students aged under 18, giving UKVI additional tools to take swift action if there are any concerns about child safeguarding at a particular sponsor.
What about EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have already started studying?
- EU, EEA and Swiss students who are already studying in the UK (by 31 December 2020) should apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021.
What about EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have started studying by distance learning and will come to the UK in the future?
- EU, EEA and Swiss students starting courses through distance learning must apply under the Student Route if they are coming to the UK from 1 January 2021.
What is the application process like for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals?
- EU, EEA and Swiss nationals are able to use the new ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app which will use a chip in their passport to verify an applicant’s identity. If the chip is broken, or someone is unable to use the app then they will be directed to a Visa Application Centre to register biometrics instead.
- Those able to use the UK Immigration ID check app when applying will receive electronic notification of UKVI’s decision. This will set out the full conditions of their immigration status.
- They will also be able to check their immigration status and its conditions at any time using the ‘view and prove’ service onGOV.UK. This online service will provide a secure record of someone’s immigration status which is held digitally by the Home Office and is available to them at all times.
- The ‘view and prove’ service can also be used to share and evidence of someone’s rights in the UK –such as the right to work or study –by giving organisations or people, such as employers, colleges or universities access to the relevant information about their immigration status.
- Will EU, EEA and Swiss citizens need to apply for a visa for short-term study?
- EU, EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months, without applying for a visa and may participate in short term study. All non-recreational study must be undertaken at an accredited institution. Recreational courses undertaken for leisure, that last no longer than 30 days and which do not lead to any formal qualifications, will not need to be undertaken at an accredited institution.
- The 6-11 month Short-term study route is distinct from the main Student Route and requires applicants of all nationalities to obtain a visa before travelling to the UK. This route is specifically for people taking English language courses, and it does not require sponsorship and does not permit work.
Will EU, EEA and Swiss students continue to be eligible for home fee status and student support?
- EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who start a course in England in the 2020/21 academic year or before will continue to be eligible for home fee status and student finance support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course.
- Eligibility rules are changing for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who wish to commence courses in England in the academic year starting in August 2021.
- EU, EEA and Swiss nationals not in scope of the citizens’ rights protections will not be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to further education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships. It will not affect students starting courses in the 20/21 academic year. This will not apply to students from Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis under the ‘CommonTravel Area’ arrangement.
- EU, EEA and Swiss students, staff and researchers make an important contribution to our universities. The Government wants that contribution to continue and is confident –given the world-leading quality of our HE sector–that it will. More information can be found at GOV.UK
Will we stay in Erasmus+?
- Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period.
- The UK government has published a statement regarding the Turing Scheme, a new programme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+, which will provide funding for placements and exchanges starting in September 2021. The Turing Scheme will support students to study and work abroad; youth and sport placements will not be a part of the scheme. The new scheme will be administered by the same partnership of British Council and Ecorys which has been delivering Erasmus+ in the UK for a number of years
Current fees for International students
INTERNATIONAL VISA HOLDERS
A levels – £5,500 per year
BTEC – £5,500 per year
Access to HE – £3,334 per year (Plus Admin Fee £250)
(Healthcare & Science Diploma)
Access to HE – £3,634 per year (Plus Admin Fee £250)
HNC/HND – £5750 per year (Plus Admin Fee £250)
Foundation Degree – £6,650 per year (Plus Admin Fee £250)
UKVI Maintenance requires: that you must have evidence that you have £9,207 to be in your bank as evidence to meet your maintenance requirements.
EU, EEA & SWISS NATIONALS VISA HOLDERS
A levels & BTEC – £4,000 per year
Access to HE – £3,334 per year
(Healthcare & Science Diploma)
Access to HE – £3,634 per year
HNC/HND – £5750 per year
Foundation Degree – £6,650 per year
UKVI Maintenance requires: that you are able to show if asked that you have £9,207 to maintain yourself, but you do not have to show this evidence when applying for your visa unless asked
STUDENTS ON SHORT TERM COURSES
£1,350 – 1 term
£2,000 – 1 semester
£2,700 – 2 terms