The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is for students who intend to undertake any post-16 education at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 months in duration.

To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrollment from a licensed education provider (sponsor), be able to maintain and accommodate themselves (or be maintained and accommodated by a host) while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees.

Tier 4 Student (Adult) Visa

The Tier 4 Student (Adult) visa allows students over the age of 17 to study in any one of the UK’s world-class universities, colleges and institutes.

Tier 4 Student (Child) Visa

The Tier 4 Student (Child) visa is designed specifically for students between 4 and 17 years of age to study full time at a UK education institution.


The United Kingdom have different education systems, with their own levels and qualifications. The overall education system is divided into primary, secondary, further, and higher education. Schooling in the UK is mandatory between the ages of five and 18. Preceding that, parents have the option of placing their children in early childhood development at institutions or through in-home assistance. Once students graduate from the elementary and secondary school systems, they are ready to continue with higher education.

The school education system in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland include these stages:

  • Pre-Prep is also known as Infants – Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2 (4 to 7 years old)
  • Prep is also known as Juniors – Year 3 to Year 6 (7 to 11 years old)
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Higher or Further Education