Step by Step

Once you have chosen the course you wish to study you should follow the steps below:

Step 1: Apply

Complete an application form and prepare the following items:

  • certified copies of your academic transcripts
  • a TOEFL or IELTS test score
  • an academic reference (preferable)
  • colour-scan copy of your passport (valid until at least 6 months after the end of your programme)
  • the course you wish to take whilst at Doncaster


Application deadlines

For entry into semester one (September) apply by 1 July (NOTE: this is our advised deadline due to time taken to process visa applications. However, we will accept applications beyond this date)

For entry into semester two (January) apply by 31 October

Applications can be sent to Doncaster College or e-mailed as scanned documents.


Step 2: Confirmed receipt, offer e-mail and acceptance


An e-mail will be sent to confirm receipt of your application. If you meet the entrance requirements and have been selected by the school, we will e-mail you an offer of a place.


Step 3: Apply for accommodation


Now you will need to apply for accommodation if required


Step 4: You may need to apply for a visa


Once you have the offer letter and accommodation information, you will then be able to apply for a visa and make your travel arrangements. In order to apply for a visa we need to issue you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies), this will be done once we have your required fees.

Please confirm your travel arrangements with our office once you have booked them.


English Requirements

For English as a Foreign Language (EFL) we require a minimum IELTS Acadeimic (or equivalent) score of 4.0.
For FE courses and HNDs we require a minimum score of 5.5 overall (4.0 minimum in each category).
For degrees we require a minimum score of 6.0 (5.5 minimum in each category).
For our MBA we require a minimum score of 6.5 (5.5 minimum in category).
We also accept Pearson Academic (PTE), TOEIC and TOEFL scores. As with all others they must reach certain minimum scores. For more information e-mail

Applying for your Student Visa

Doncaster College is one of the largest government funded colleges of further and higher education in the UK and is listed on the DFES register of providers.
We have recently been designated "Highly Trusted Sponsor" (HTS) status under the Tier 4 UK Border Agency Points Based System. Our sponsor license number is KX7XH0PJ7.
In order to obtain a student visa you will have to show:
  • Your current valid passport
  • Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number which we will generate after we receive your full tuition fees.
  • Documentary proof (for example, bank statements) that you have enough money to pay the full tuition fees and at least £800 per month to maintain and accommodate yourself for a minimum of 9 months. The money needs to have been in your account for a minimum of 28 days before your application is submitted.
  • Original copies of the documents that we have used to make your offer.
  • Confirmation that you have made accommodation arrangements for the entire period of your studies.


The Home Office have also created a "quick guide" for students - click here to visit the site.


Please click here for Home Office information about applying for a Tier 4 student visa under the points based system.


There are some useful websites to visit for further information on entry clearance / visas: OR OR


Student Visitors Visas

For courses of less than 6 months, you should apply for a student visitors visa. It is also possible to study English courses of up to 11 months on a student visitors visa. See the UK Border agency web page for more information about this visa.
For any further information about applying, please feel free to contact the International Office
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