Work and Study in the UK

Foreign nationals seeking to study in the United Kingdom (UK) must earn enough points to qualify for a study permit under the Tier 4 –points-based migration.


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Work and Study in the UK
Posted on December 20, 2013 | United Kingdom

Foreign nationals seeking to study in the United Kingdom (UK) must earn enough points to qualify for a study permit under the Tier 4 –points-based migration.

Unlike points earned in Australia, Canada, or New Zealand, this points-based migration is for temporary stay in the UK. 

Work while in Tier 4 Status and School is in Session

Generally, only students enrolled in a course at or above Level 6 in the National Qualification Framework  (NQF) or Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) or Level 9 of the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) are allowed to:

  • work for up to 20 hours per week during term time;
  • work full-time during vacations;
  • do a work placement as part of the course;
  • work as a postgraduate doctor on a recognized Foundation Programme;
  • work as a postgraduate dentist on a recognized Foundation Programme, provided the student is being sponsored by the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority or the South London Local Education and Training board; and
  • work as a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years.

For foreign students below the NQF, QCF AND SCQF levels above, they are allowed to:

  • work for up to 10 hours per week during term time;
  • work full-time during vacations;
  • do a work placement as part of the course; and
  • work as a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years.

Foreign students enrolled in a course at any level at a publicly funded further education college are allowed to:

  • work for up to 10 hours per week during term time;
  • work full-time during vacations;
  • do a work placement as part of the course, provided the education provider (school, college, institution) is a Highly Trusted sponsor or the course is at or above NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9; and
  • work as a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years.

No prior approval to work is needed under this scenario. Students enrolled in courses described above are allowed to work full-time during vacations.

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