Combined CAS for pre-sessional English language and degree study

Postgraduate and Study Abroad applicants due to study on certain pre-sessional courses at the University's English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) may be eligible to receive a Combined CAS.

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A Combined CAS is a CAS covering study on more than one course at the University of Sheffield. With a Combined CAS you can apply for one visa that will allow you to remain in the UK for the duration of both courses.

Combined CAS for Postgraduate applicants

Postgraduate applicants due to take a University of Sheffield English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) pre-sessional course lasting 4 weeks may be eligible for a Combined CAS. A Combined CAS covers the pre-sessional course and the degree course, meaning that you only need to apply for your Student visa once.

Please note that only the blended versions of the pre-sessional courses are eligible for a Combined CAS. A Combined CAS will not be issued for students on the online versions of the pre-sessional courses.

A Combined CAS can be issued if:

  1. You hold an offer for a postgraduate degree course at the University of Sheffield
  2. The start date of your degree course is less than one month after the end date of your ELTC course
  3. You request a Combined CAS from the ELTC (on the acceptance form for your pre-sessional course) by 28 June 2021
  4. You have met the English language requirement for your degree course. If you have outstanding academic offer conditions, we recommend that you present an IELTS for UKVI to ensure you can obtain a visa for the pre-sessional course. Without an IELTS for UKVI, you will not be able to study at the ELTC if you have not met the academic conditions for your degree course by the deadline indicated below.
  5. You have met the academic conditions for your degree course, or will meet them by 2 July 2020. To meet the academic conditions, you should upload the following documents to your online application for your degree course. Documents dated in the future are not accepted.
    • Degree certificate (confirming that you have been awarded your degree)
    • Final transcript
    • Official translations of the certificate and transcript if they are not in English
  6. You pay any tuition fee deposit we have requested. Payment should be received at the University of Sheffield by 9 July 2020. If you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit, this will be shown in the offer letter for your degree course. We cannot arrange your CAS until you have paid this deposit. More information is available on our fee deposits pages.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If you do not meet these requirements, or if you do not want a Combined CAS, we will arrange two separate CAS for you: one for the pre-sessional course, and one for the degree course. You will then apply for two separate visas. If you have two separate CAS, you will need to use an IELTS for UKVI for your pre-sessional course CAS.

We will start to arrange Combined CAS from around four months before the start of your pre-sessional course. We will email you to let you know when your CAS application is available to you.

More information about the CAS application process is available on our CAS application pages.

Combined CAS for Study Abroad applicants

Study Abroad applicants due to take a University of Sheffield English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) pre-sessional course lasting 4 weeks may be eligible for a Combined CAS. A Combined CAS covers the pre-sessional course and the Study Abroad programme, meaning that you only need to apply for your Student visa once.

A Combined CAS can be issued if:

  1. You hold an offer of a place on a Study Abroad programme at the University of Sheffield
  2. The start date of your Study Abroad programme is less than one month after the end date of your ELTC course
  3. You request a Combined CAS from the ELTC (on the acceptance form for your pre-sessional course) by 28 June 2021
  4. You have met the English language requirement for your Study Abroad programme

If you do not meet these requirements, or if you do not want a Combined CAS, we will arrange two separate CAS for you: one for the pre-sessional course, and one for the Study Abroad programme. You will then apply for two separate visas. If you have two separate CAS, you will need to use an IELTS for UKVI for your pre-sessional course CAS.

We will start to arrange Combined CAS from around four months before the start of your pre-sessional course. We will email you to let you know when your CAS application is available to you.

More information about the CAS application process is available on our CAS application pages.

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