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 (excluding nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA) 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 General student 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 another controlled immigration 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

As part of your offer conditions, you will have been asked to provide the College with proof of your academic qualifications.

Applicants will receive instructions on how to verify their academic credentials within their offer conditions. Applicants should refer to their offer letter or Imperial Gateway (applicant portal) for the relevant details.

Where degrees are awarded by UK/Irish universities which have secure e-transcript sharing verification services, then this service should be used and the transcript shared with the relevant Admissions team email address. Otherwise, an appropriate Staff/Department authority at the university should complete the statement of qualifications form and email this to the relevant Admissions team email address.

For all other degree awards, where universities have secure e-transcript sharing verification services, then this service should be used and the transcript shared with the relevant Admissions team email address. Otherwise the Qualification Check Verification service must be used. Offer holders will receive a unique URL to access the Qualification Check Verification Service in their offer condition.

*A minority of offer holders who either deferred from 2020 to 2021 entry, or who received offers between October 2020 and March 2021 may have been given the opportunity to email their academic credentials to the relevant admissions team. These applicants should also have been provided a link to the Qualification Check Verification service. This service will have no cost to an applicant, so we would prefer these offer holders to use this. However, if you do email your academic credentials we will still accept this, but you may then be required to provide your original documents at registration. You will not need to provide original documents at a later date if you use the Qualification Check Verification service.

If you have any queries about how to supply proof of your academic qualifications please contact the relevant admissions team.

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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.