Choosing an educational institution for study abroad is one of the most important and exciting decisions you will ever make. The International Office at Barnsley College are here to help you, and will provide you with as much information and advice as you require – please call or get in touch by e-mail if you need assistance.

We will be able to guide you through accommodation choices, course information, cost of living considerations and give you information on the local attractions and fun things to do in Barnsley and the surrounding area.

Application Process

We want to make sure that our students and their families are happy and to know exactly what to do and what to expect while planning to study in England. Please look at the step-by-step guide below to studying at Barnsley College. Note that the information below is only brief and we advise you to also look at the information in more depth by clicking the ‘Read More’ links displayed. The guide below is to help you make sure you don’t miss anything out and so you know what to do next.
1Choose the right course Before you begin your application we advise that you read all of the details about the course that you are wanting to study. We want to make sure you are completely happy with your education! Before you apply for a course, please check you have the appropriate qualifications in accordance with our requirements. Read more »
2Fill in our Application Form In order to apply for the course you are interested in, you must then download, print and fill in our application form and then send it back to us a long with your qualifications (certificates), copy of your passport and other items listed here. Please also download our form guidelines to avoid confusion. If you are unable to download or print our form, you can request a form to be sent to your address by contacting us. Read more »
3Review and Conditional Offer Once we recieve your application it will then be reviewed. If it is successful, you will then recieve a conditional offer. This means you will be sent a student offer letter and an information pack with full details of the course. Included in the pack will also be an Offer of Acceptance form, accommodation information and guidance on how to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. Read more »
4Payment of deposit When you have received your offer letter you will need to send us either your full course fees or the deposit of 50% of the course fees. Once we have received your deposit our international team will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement. You will need a CAS number to submit your visa application to the UK Border Agency. Read more »
5Apply for your Student Visa After paying your deposit, you are then required to apply for your Student Visa. Please read the section below for more information, the information provided is based on Tier 4 requirements of the Points Based Systems. Once you recieve your Visa you must inform the International Department (contact info). If you don’t get your Visa, please also inform us. Read more »
6Final Payment Once you have received your visa you will then need to pay the balance of the remaining course fees prior to your arrival at Barnsley College. Please also send us a copy of your student visa, via email or post. Read more »
7Welcome to Barnsley College! The International Team will be there to meet you on your first day. We look forward to welcoming you to Barnsley College. Please click here to read more about getting to Barnsley College & Travel.
8Final Steps before your Life Changing Education Once you have arrived in Barnsley and have been greeted by the International Department, you will then need to complete your NHS and Police Registration.


Guidance Before you Apply

Before you apply, please make sure you have had a good look at our website, International Course Guide and also check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page so that you do not miss anything important.

Barnsley College is a UKBA Tier 4 sponsor and will issue a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number to all students given an unconditional offer. The International Team can help you with your visa application.

If you are in the UK and wish to visit the College, we will be happy to provide you with an escorted tour of the College and its facilities.


Applying for a Visa

The first stage of applying for a visa is to get a “Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies” (or CAS for short), Barnsley College will issue this to you. It will be a 14 digit reference number, which is unique to you.

When you fill in your UK Border Agency (UKBA) visa application form you will be prompted to enter this CAS reference number.

International Students can apply for a visa up to 3 months before their course is due to start. For more information and advice about applying for study in the UK under Tier 4 please visit the UKBA/ Home Office website.

For help and guidance in applying for a visa (if you are living outside the UK) you can download the visa application form (the VAF9 Appendix 8, Tier 4 Form and VAF 9 guidance notes) by clicking here.

If you are already in the UK, you can download the visa application form (the Tier 4 general application form).


Funding and Paying for you Education

You must have a minimum level of funds to cover your course fees and support yourself during your time in the UK. You should refer to the Immigration Rules and the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for clarification regarding this, failure to have sufficient funds or other form of sponsorship will mean that your VISA application will be refused.

For courses at Barnsley College, current UKBA guidance requires that you must have £800** per month to cover maintenance in the UK (up to a maximum of 9 months).

See the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for a full explanation of maintenance requirements

** This figure applies to a two semester academic year from January to January or from September to June.

How to Pay

As soon as you have submitted your Offer of Acceptance to enrol on a course at Barnsley College you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of your course fees before we can issue a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number.

This can be done by using Pay to Study which is an easy to use online payment system which facilitates international transfers. The service offers a secure and fast way to send payments and users do not incur the sending or receiving fees imposed by banks.

Click here to make a payment –

You will be required to pay the remaining amount of your course fees before your enrolment day at Barnsley College and present proof of payment.

If you do not wish to use this method, please contact the International Office for alternative mechanisms and cost information

Your deposit will only be partially refundable in case of a visa refusal and we require original documentation from the British Embassy or High Commission Office concerned.

An administration fee of £100 will be retained to cover college administration costs and the remaining refund will be made to the student.

Click here to view course fees.


Apply Now

If you would like to apply for a place on one of our courses, as an International student, please complete our application form. An electronic version can be printed out as a PDF, scanned and then emailed as an attachment to or printed and posted to us at the following address.

International Department,
Room ST 407,
Barnsley College,
Church Street,
South Yorkshire,
S70 2YW,

Should you wish to speak to a member of staff, please call the International Department on: + 44 (0) 1226 216689

Please remember to attach your form to the email and you will also need to attach the following documents:

  • Attach certified copies of academic transcripts and exam results (with certified translations if not in English)
  • Copy of your passport front cover and biometric/photograph page with passport number
  • Passport sized photograph
  • Evidence of your English Language  capability, applicants must be able to demonstrate competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (in accordance with current UKBA regulations) or TOEFL 550 (paper based), or TOEFL 80 (internet based) is required.

Please note without these documents we will not be able to process your application and this will result in delays.

If you are finding it difficult to download the PDF application form, you may need to download Acrobat Reader to your computer. To do this please click on the ‘Download now’ box and follow the instructions on screen.

If you cannot print off your PDF and would like us to send you a paper version of our application form, please fill in the request form below.

We recommend that you keep a copy of the completed application form for your records.

We have produced guidance notes to help you complete your application form, please use these to help smooth your application.


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