The Tier 4 (Child) category is for children coming to the UK to be educated between the ages of four and 17 years old. Children between four and 15 years old must be educated at independent fee-paying schools.

Tier 4 (Child) students cannot study at publicly funded schools. The only publicly funded education providers that can teach Tier 4 (Child) students are publicly funded further education college which are able to charge for international students.

If you are 16 or 17 years old and you want to study a course at or above National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3, you and your Tier 4 sponsor can agree whether you should apply to the UKBA under Tier 4 (Child) or Tier 4 (General) student category. If you want to study at NQF level 2 or below, you must apply as a Tier 4 (Child) student.

You cannot be a Tier 4 (Child) student if you have any children who are living with you or for whom you are financially responsible.

Following are the various applications which can be submitted to the Home Office, UKBA under Tier 4 Child Student visa category:

Entry Clearance As Tier 4 Child Student

Switching Into Tier 4 Child Student
Tier 4 Child Student Extension