Students Staff

Exam Board decisions - student visa

If you are sponsored by the University for a Tier 4/Student visa, in the event that you can’t proceed directly into the next stage of your course and must repeat or resit part or all of the year, your visa is likely to be affected. During periods of non-attendance you will have to leave the UK.

It is not always possible for a sponsored student to take up all options given by an Exam Board if you will need further immigration permission due to the Student Immigration Rules and guidance, specifically in relation to:

  • attendance and engagement
  • academic progression
  • the number of resits/repeats allowed
  • UG students can only have a student visa for 5 years

If you require additional Student immigration permission to complete your course, you’ll need to request a new CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) and if you are eligible, apply for a new Student visa. Your CAS request will be assessed in line with the Home Office rules and guidance in force at the time, our sponsorship is not guaranteed.

Please note: It is your responsibility to check what effect the option you choose will have on your immigration status now and in the future if further Student leave would be necessary. Sponsored students who are unable to successfully complete their course before their student visa expires may not be eligible for further sponsorship under the Student route and may not be eligible to apply to the Graduate route if they successfully complete later.

Exam Board decisions

This quick guide (.pdf) tells what usually happens regarding your student immigration status depending on the outcome you choose. Further failure will lead to a different outcome which must be checked at the time of those outcomes.

Calculating your Student visa time - Undergraduates

We recommend you use (the Home Office use this calculator)

  • Enter start date: The date your Tier 4 (General)/Student entry clearance vignette was valid from or your 18th birthday, if you turned 18 after the date your visa was valid from.
  • Enter end date: The date your new Student visa should expire (if you are eligible to apply).

For UG students your visa should expire 4 months after the end of the main examination period in your final year. For instance, 8 June so we would expect your visa to expire on the 8 October.

Add to this:

  • Tier 4 (General) or Student visa time spent studying a degree course before this either with us or at another UK institution, after the age of 18.

This will give you 'Your total time studying'.

Other changes to your course

Further advice and guidance

If you require further guidance you can contact specialist advisers in our International Services Team.