Do all the following criteria apply to you?
- Currently studying on a Masters course
- Currently studying on a Tier 4 visa
- Applying for further study in the UK requiring a new Student visa
- Your current course of study finishes in September and your next course of study is due to start in September or October of that same year (i.e. before you will be awarded for your current course)
If this is you, you can request a Pre-Award Visa Letter from Student Services.
Important to know
- The UK Home Office has introduced a new immigration system which came into effect from 5 October 2020. The new “Student Visa” route replaced the “Tier 4 (General)” visa route. Please read our article New Student Visa Immigration Route for more information.
- You must meet all the criteria listed above to receive this letter.
Not you? See:
- What if I am not studying on a visa but still applying for a new course?
- What if I am an undergraduate?
What is a Pre-Award Visa letter?
This letter is designed specifically for students on a Student visa applying for further study in the UK, but where the start of the new course of study overlaps with the end of the current course. This can make it difficult to prove your results so you can be admitted onto the new course. This document is designed to bridge that gap.
The Admissions team at King’s or another institution may ask that you provide a letter confirming you are “highly likely to succeed” on your current course of study, to support your application for your next course.
Student Services can provide this letter for you. To request this please submit a document request form.
Important to know:
- This letter is not the same as predicted grades – which King’s is not able to provide.
- This letter is only available for students requiring a visa to study.
- Student Services will check your eligibility for this letter before issuing.
- To fulfil your request Student Services will seek confirmation from your department directly to confirm you are ‘likely to succeed’ and pass your course.
- Please allow plenty of time before your submission deadline to request this document. These requests are commonly made during September which is the start of the academic year, and this is the busiest time of year for Student Services and many other departments across the university. We aim to resolve all cases within 5 working days, but during this period of high demand requests can take longer than this to process. If for any reason you need this document urgently, please provide all details relevant to your request including your deadline to help us process this as quickly as possible.
What if I am not studying on a visa but still applying for a new course?
If your next course is due to start immediately after the end of your current course, and you need to show evidence of your results so far and that you are due to graduate, please see our article I need to prove I’ve finished my course and am awaiting results.
What if I am an undergraduate?
Undergraduate courses usually end in May/June, and new courses for further usually start in September. Normally, undergraduates get awarded their degrees in July/August, in time for a September start on a new course. The Pre-Award Visa letter is designed for those who are unlikely to be awarded in time for their new course.
If you feel your situation falls outside of this, please let us know providing as much information as possible, and we will do our best to help you.