An adult individual who intends to take up a short course of study such as a work-related training course or a beginner’s English language course in the United Kingdom, he/she might be able to enter the UK as a Student Visitor.
However, if the individual intends to study for a course that would last for a longer period, or intends to take up a job (which includes a placement) as he/she studies, the individual should make an application for the Tier 4 (General) of the Points-Based system.
The duration of a Student visitor visa to the UK is 6 months, but in circumstances where the individual is studying an English language course, he/she would be permitted to stay for up to 11 months.
Please note that you will need to show that you will leave the United Kingdom as soon as you complete your visit. You also need to show that you are financially capable of taking care of yourself and any other person that applied with you while you are in the UK.
We would also recommend that you pay for a round trip rather than a single journey - to and from the UK
The UKBA’s offer of leave for a limited period to an individual outside the rules for applicants who are legitimately seeking admittance into the UK as a student visitor in order to take up a course only in English Language took effect from the 10th of January 2011. This permit can last for more than six months but cannot exceed 11 months. However, the student is required to fulfill all the criteria required in this category.