Children within the age of 4 to 17 years old who intend to enter the United Kingdom so as to be educated can do so by making an application for the Tier 4 (Child) category. Those children between the ages of 4 to 15 years of age must be schooled at a fee-paying school that is independent.
Children under the Tier 4 (Child) students’ category are not permitted to attend schools that are publicly funded. However only publicly funded further education colleges with the ability to charge foreign student are authorized to provide education for the Tier 4 (Child).
A child of 16 or 17 years of age who intend to study a level 3 National Qualification Framework (NQF) course or higher, he/she together with the sponsor would need to liaise in other or decide on if to make the application to the Home Office for a Tier 4 (Child) or a Tier 4 (General). It is however required that the application be for a Tier 4 (Child) student if the child intends to study a level 2 NQF course or lesser.
If you have dependant children residing with you for whom you are financially responsible, you cannot make an application for the Tier 4 (Child) student category.
As a Tier 4 Child student, you can study a course that is:
If the main course that is intended for study fulfills one of the requirements above, you can study a short course (sometimes called ‘pre-sessional’ courses) as a path of preparation for the main course.