STUDYING IN LEEDS
We welcome students from all over the world onto our courses and know that a mix of backgrounds and experiences enrich the learning process for everyone. All of our courses are very practical and hands-on, which means that you don’t need to have previous filmmaking experience to join us.
Do I need a visa?
For all our accredited courses
All students who are coming from outside the UK, including the EU and European Economic Area (EEA), will require a visa via the Student Route.
If you are coming to the UK for a full degree course (Undergraduate or Master’s) or a course of study lasting more than 6 months you must apply for a visa on the Student Route. You can apply for your visa up to 6 months before the course start date. The Student Route allows for the following:
- The ability to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during vacations for degree level and above.
- Students who are sponsored by MetFilm School and have finished their course can be immediately enrolled onto a new degree level or above course, providing their leave has not yet expired and academic progression requirements are met.
- Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for a one-time non-extendable leave period of two years that does not require sponsorship. This is known as the Graduate Route.
TO APPLY FOR A VISA FOR THE STUDENT ROUTE YOU WILL NEED:
- A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- A CAS number issued by the MetFilm School
- Documents as listed on your CAS
- Evidence of your English language ability: you will need to demonstrate a B2 English Level which is upper-intermediate. The following tests are satisfactory to demonstrate this: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge PET, ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 and 2, Trinity Level 1. Maintenance (Funds).
CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE FOR STUDIES (CAS)
In order to be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (a CAS number) needed to apply for a visa via the Student Route, you will need to have paid the full course fee. You should start preparing your documentation and funds to support your visa application as soon as your place at MetFilm School is confirmed. You should then submit your application up to 6 months prior to the course start date to ensure your application is successful.
MAINTENANCE (FUNDS) REQUIREMENTS
To apply for a visa you will need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself, including accommodation and living costs. In order to study at the MetFilm School, you will need to show that you have £1,334 per month for 9 months for your living expenses. This means the money you must show in total is £12,006. You must show that you have held the required money for a consecutive 28-day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application. MetFilm School will require proof of the maintenance/ funds available to you before we can issue you a CAS.
Please note: For students who are coming from any of the countries listed here (as those under differential evidence requirement), you may not need to prove you have enough money in your account. MetFilm School can assess maintenance funds based on bank balances only in these cases or even exempt you from this requirement.
Students applying for a visa via the Student Route must provide evidence of their English language ability. The following tests are satisfactory to demonstrate this: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge PET, ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 and 2, Trinity Level 1.
IELTS – MA Postgraduate courses requirements:
- Students need to achieve an IELTS overall score of at least 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and at least 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
You will need to provide documented evidence of your English language competence to study a course with us. This usually means passing a SELT (Secure English Language Test). See here for approved test providers.
You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:
Antigua and Barbuda
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
You also don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following apply:
- You’re a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above
- You have studied in the UK before on a Child Student Visa.
- You have been previously assessed for a student visa.
- Students need to achieve an IELTS overall score, or its equivalent, of at least 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and at least 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.