Combined CAS vs single CAS 

Those students who have met all the academic conditions of their offer for the main course of study by the point in time when CAS is issued will receive a combined CAS. This will allow them to apply for a visa that would cover both the pre-sessional course and the main course of study.

While combined CAS is the most convenient option for many students, there are some additional considerations associated with it listed in the dropdowns below – please read them before making a decision. 

Students who want a CAS for the 6 week pre-sessional only must also have an accepted Secure English Language Test (SELT). Those students who have not met the academic conditions of their offer by the point a CAS is issued and who have an accepted SELT, will receive a single CAS to cover just the pre-sessional course in the first instance. You would need to meet the financial requirements for the pre-sessional course only when you apply using a single CAS; these would be any outstanding tuition fees for the pre-sessional course plus £2046 (to cover the living expenses) held for 28 days. You would then need to apply for a visa to cover the rest of your studies once you have passed the language course and have met all the conditions of your offer.

A combined CAS has its advantages and disadvantages. You can read about them below. Only you can decide if a Combined CAS is right for your situation. Please consider your options carefully before applying for a Student visa. You are welcome to contact Student Visa Services for further advice on these options.

If you are eligible for a combined CAS but wish to opt out it, please email  and indicate that you would like to receive a single CAS just for the pre-sessional course. 

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