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Points Based System (PBS)

The Points Based System (PBS) is the UK system for managing migration for those non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of work or study. 

The system consists of five tiers, and Tier 4 (General) is the immigration category for students, postgraduate doctors and dentists, and students' union sabbatical officers.

The full background to the PBS is available at the UK Visas and Immigration website.

You can view the most recent changes to the PBS on the Government website or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

To make a Tier 4 visa application you are required to score 40 points.

Your 40 points will be based on the following:

  • Confirmation of a unique number Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your approved education provider (Kingston University), and the documents used to obtain this.

    Before you can request your CAS number you must have an unconditional offer from Kingston University and must have paid your deposit if you are a postgraduate student*. Our Kingston University Admissions team will send you an email asking if you need a CAS. You will be asked to provide a copy of your passport (main page) if you have not provided this already, and confirmation/evidence of any relevant tuition fees and/or accommodation fees paid to date, ie. copy of a transaction showing a bank transfer to our Debt Recovery team. Confirmation of your CAS number will be provided to you in an email and you will need to confirm the same CAS number on your visa application form.

    Study Abroad students will receive confirmation of CAS once they have been offered and have accepted their place on the Study Abroad programme. The CAS number will be confirmed in an email from the European and Study Abroad Office.

    * conditions and exclusions apply.
  • Bank statements confirming that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees for the first year and a specific amount of money for living costs, also referred to as maintenance.

    Please note that you must be able to prove that the money has been in your or your parent's/legal guardian's account for 28 days. Do not submit your Tier 4 application unless you meet this requirement or you visa will be refused.

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

Download a prospectus

Prospectus for international studentsSee our latest international prospectuses to find out more about studying at Kingston:

Tier 4 Sponsor licence

Kingston University has a Tier 4 Sponsor licence (previously known as Highly Trusted Sponsor). This is renewed annually by the Home Office, which is standard across all UK universities.

International Student Advisory Centre

International Student Advisory CentreOur International Student Advisory Centre offers specialist support for international students.

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