In order to register for your course, pay tuition fees or receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your visa application, you first need to make sure that you have met all the entry requirements that were set out in your offer.

Meeting your offer conditions

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007 by the UK government. Under this scheme, all non-EEA students who need a visa to study in the UK on certain programmes within specific subject areas; will be required to apply for ATAS clearance before joining the programme, or, in the case of students requiring a Tier 4 visa, applying for their visa. As of 6th April 2015, if you are applying for a programme that does need ATAS clearance, you will need to apply for this even if you are entering the UK on a non-Tier 4 student visa. For more information on the scheme, and how to apply for your clearance, please visit our International Student Support webpages

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Academic Conditions

If you have been made an offer of admissions, you may have been asked to supply evidence of your previous degree(s) by posting the original, physical documents to the Registry. Some applicants may have also been given an option to verify their qualifications via the qualification check online service. We are aware that a number of business services, including postal services are currently disrupted or delayed. As such, currently admission will permit applicants to verify their degree qualifications in the following ways;

Students from UK universities may use the statement of qualifications form place of transcripts. This form will need to be downloaded and completed by your previous university (including the university stamp). Your university should then email this to the relevant admissions team

If your university has a secure e-transcript sharing service, we recommend that you use this and  share your transcript with us registering it to the relevant admissions team email address.

If you have been provided the option to verify your degree via the qualification check service, you can opt to do this and this will be accepted as official verification. If you do not wish to opt to use this service and your university does not have a secure e-transcript sharing service, then you may email your official degree documents to the relevant admissions team. If you send your documents via email, you will be required to present your original documents as part of registration (providing your place is confirmed).

As the admissions service is currently operating remotely, we advise all applicants to verify their qualifications via the above methods and for all enquiries to be sent via email to the relevant admissions team. At this point, we advise against posting your original documents, or bringing these in person to the College.

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English Language Conditions

If you have been asked to demonstrate your English language proficiency we may be able to verify your test results online if you have taken an IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency tests:

  • For IELTS, you can provide your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant admissions team.
  • For Pearson, ensure you have sent your scores to Imperial via your PearsonPTE account
  • For TOEFL, you can send your 16 digit registration number or a scanned copy of your certificate. Please ensure that you quote your CID number in any email correspondence with the admissions team.
  • For Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency Tests, email your certificate to the admissions team.
  • If you have completed another one of Imperial’s accepted English language qualifications, please email a copy to the appropriate admissions team.

Please note that as a Tier 4 Sponsor, Imperial College is able to make its own assessment of students’ English language ability. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, for more details on how your English language qualification will be recored on your Confirmation for Acceptance of Studies (CAS) please visit our English language requirements page.

Note for research (PhD) applicants

After fulfilling the English language entry requirement for admission, all doctoral students must also fulfil the Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement (DACR). This is done through taking Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement Assessment 1 (DACR A1). Depending on the result of this initial assessment (DACR A1), students may also need to have a progress check, referred to as Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement Assessment 2 (DACR A2). DACR A2 will form part of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA), which is carried out by the student’s host department. 

To fulfil the Requirement, students must take the first available DACR A1 after registering onto their doctoral programme. This must be within 3 months of the registration date. This is because the aim of the Requirement is to identify as soon as possible those who may need to improve their writing competence, and to ensure they can access support in the first 9 months of their doctoral programme 

For more information, please see the Centre for Academic English website.