Making an International Student Application
Advice for Applicants:
We’re delighted that you are considering applying for a place to study at the London School of Science & Technology. To ensure that you make it through the maze of information, forms and deadlines ahead, we’ve put together all the information you’ll need, to complete your application journey.
How Your Application is Considered.. !
Once your application has been received at UCAS, LSST Online, or at Agent’s office, it will be sent to LSST for consideration.
LSST will endeavour to process your application as soon as possible after receipt.
We aim to do this within 48 hours for courses that do not require an interview. The Admission Committee is responsible for your chosen course and will be asked to consider the information provided by you and any comments received from your referees.
If the Admission Committee believes that you are a promising candidate, you may be offered a place on the course, or invited to attend for an interview.
Arrangements for interviewing applicants vary from course to course and some departments we prefer to invite students to visit LSST or for overseas students to conduct video interview (SKYPE). The visit will give you an opportunity to discuss your application and see the facilities available before a decision is made. In both cases, you will be offered a place if it is felt that you are suitable for the course.
An offer of a place could be made:
Conditionally: where you have been accepted on condition that you obtain certain grades or points in examinations, or certain qualifications.
Unconditionally: where you have already satisfied the entry requirements for the course. Before being issued an unconditional offer applicants are required to send in proof of their qualifications and the required deposit to the Admissions Unit.
Changed course offer: We cannot offer you a place on your initial choice course but have offered you a place on a course that we think will be more suitable. You will also be told in your UCAS instructions how to accept or decline the offer. Applicants, who do not receive an offer from the institutions they initially applied to, are able to choose a sixth choice through the UCAS Extra scheme. For further details of the scheme contact UCAS on 0820 1122211 or see www.ucas.ac.uk
We access your A/VCE, EDEXCEL, Scottish and Irish examination results through UCAS, but if you are holding other qualifications and have a conditional offer, please let us know your examination results as soon as you receive them.
Sending copies of exam results to the Admissions unit will speed up the confirmation process. Even if your results mean that you have not fully met the conditions of your offer, it may still be possible for a place to be reserved for you.
Overseas students may change their course or defer the course ONLY before the issue of CAS.
If you are invited to attend an interview you will have a chance to see LSST and the facilities. The interview is used to discover whether you are suited to the course and also whether the course is suited to you.
The following points may help you:
Read the prospectus and/or course leaflet to make sure you are familiar with the details of the course you want to follow, you may be asked why the course appeals to you.
The information that you supplied on your application will include some details about yourself in your personal statement. This statement is very important. Hints and instructions on completing this statement are available from UCAS. The person interviewing you will want to know more about you so make notes in advance of the points you want to emphasise. You may want to tell the interviewer about previous experience for example or your ambitions, whatever you choose, make sure it is relevant in some way to the subject you want to study.
Portfolio interviews for some technical courses will require students to show examples of their work. Prepare this work in advance to make sure you have an impressive range of material to show the interviewer. This work should be put together over a reasonable period, approximately eighteen months.
Make sure you are punctual. Allow plenty of time for your journey - check train/bus times etc. Aim to arrive at the place where the interview is taking place at least ten minutes early. If you arrive earlier, you could spend the time looking around the campus and facilities.
The end of the interview is your chance to demonstrate your interest in the course by asking questions. Try to prepare these in advance – you could ask for more information about the course itself, for example, the teaching methods used the accommodation available or employment potential.
NB: Terms and conditions.
You must satisfy all general course requirements for entry.
If you have any queries about these please contact LSST. If you become a student, it will be a term of your contract with the LSST that it will take all reasonable steps to provide the educational services described in its prospectus and other promotional material.
Your offer is made on the understanding that if accepting it you will agree to observe the LSST’s Charter, Policies and abide by the rules and regulations for students. By accepting your offer you accept these terms and conditions so you must read about them in the LSST prospectus and website first.
Section – B
There are four stages to admitting a student to attend a course of study at LSST
The student submits an application using a paper form or on-line application to undertake a specified course of study. Additionally the form also provides a history of previous education and experience including English
Supporting evidence is checked against the LSST accredited list and cross-checked with NARIC UK – The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom.
Students should pass an English language test from the list of approved tests for Tier 4 that is still within its validity date.
English Language requirement
--B2 in each of the four disciplines is the appropriate level for those coming to study at level 6 (undergraduate) and above.
--B1 is the appropriate level for lower courses.
The LSST assesses the application and makes a decision either to ACCEPT or REJECT the application. In either case a letter or e-mail is sent to the student.
If the application is accepted, an offer is made to the student. The offer may be conditional on complementary studies being taken.
When the student has accepted the offer of a place on a course and all conditions have been satisfied including the payment of fees, the student is registered to study on the course and a place is reserved for them. A letter confirming the offer is sent to the student.
Some applications may require acceptance by or registration with other academic institutions. These should be successfully completed before Registration is finalised.
For Overseas Students: the School will issue an additional letter – CAS.
After Registration and initial attendance at LSST, enrolment may be completed. The student is issued with an ID card, time table and other docs.
All students are required to complete the LSST application form for admission. In particular details of educational awards should be clearly recorded and original certificates provided. Photocopies of certificates will not be accepted as evidence.
Wherever possible, all students will be interviewed and will undergo an assessment of English at the local LSST appointed agent. The agent or member of LSST staff must supply a written report of the interview.
Certificates for Students
2.2.1 Copies of certificates may be sent if an authorised agent of the LSST, having seen the original certificate.
2.2.2 Students have to provide transcript and certificate issued by the relevant awarding body. (Transcripts and certificates issued by an institution will not be accepted until the final awarding body has issued its Transcript/Certificate).
2.2.3 Student will be required to present all the original certificates at the time of enrolment.
The application must be accompanied with the registration fee and a deposit. The fees are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances as specified under the Tuition Fee and Refund Policy.
Payments received via cheque or credit card must be cleared before the application is processed and accepted.
Additional Registrations & Membership
Some courses require independent registration and membership, e.g. ACCA, Etc. It is essential that these registrations must be completed before further consideration can be given to the LSST application.
There may be additional non-refundable fees to be paid such as awarding body membership fees and exam registration fees. These fees must be paid at the same time as the LSST registration fee. LSST will progress the registration with the appropriate body.
Note: Tuition Fees do not include membership, exam registration, books, teaching materials, stationary, and accommodation etc.
UKBA Tier 4 Compliance
All overseas students have to comply with the UKBA Tier -4 rules and regulations. For further details visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
If the student’s application is accepted, an offer is made to the student. The offer will include the following information:-
Code ID and title of the course
Duration of the course
Awarding body for the course
Start date for the course
Total tuition fees for the course
Minimum deposit required
Duration of validity of offer
Extracts from the School’s Regulations
188.8.131.52 Attendance (refer to Student Attendance RPP)
184.108.40.206 Refunds Policy
220.127.116.11 Fees to be paid before Enrolment
The Admissions Department staff will examine all student applications and process the application with due diligence and in line with the LSST Admission Policy and UKBA regulations and procedures. If there is any doubt with regard to any aspect of the registration process, the matter will be referred to the School’s Admissions Committee.
The Committee will examine carefully all applications and a majority decision will be taken. Exceptionally the Chief Executive Officer or the Principal may override the Committee’s decision. However the officer concerned must append a statement in writing to the student’s file stating the reason(s) for the decisions made.
All certificates or evidence of achievement should be checked carefully for authenticity and cross-checked with NARIC. If evidence is found of malpractice, the certificate should be retained and referred to senior management for appropriate action.
Registration is granted when all conditions have been met and the appropriate fees have been received.
When registration has been completed LSST will issue letters of authority or a CAS to the UKBA to enable the student to apply for a Visa. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for a UK visa through their local British Embassy or Consulate office.
The latest issuance date of confirmation of acceptance for studies is 02 weeks prior to the commencement of the course for students applying from abroad.
Overseas students must check visa processing times with their local British Embassies before requesting CAS.
For students applying from within the UK, the latest issuance date of confirmation of studies is 01 week.
Students must report to School within the enrolment period. The students who do not report to the School within the enrolment period will be reported to the UKBA. Their visa may be invalid; student has to return back to their country.
Students are strongly advised to contact the School with details of their intended arrival date in the UK.
After admission procedures are completed and when the student attends the LSST for the first time, the formal enrolment takes place. The following procedures are effected:
A student must have paid the tuition fees before enrolment may be completed.
If students are not paying full fees, a deposit fee may be paid in advance to join the school and the rest of the fees in form of an instalment (subject to approval of the Finance Department).
Short courses tuition fees must be paid in full before commencement of the course.
The student is issued with a Student ID card, time-table and other documents.
The Welfare Officer welcomes the student and introduces them to the layout of the school and local amenities.
In case the Admission Department or course tutor assesses that an overseas student has poor English, the student will be required to undertake an English assessment test, both oral and written.
Where a student’s standard of English language is at borderline level, additional English tutorial classes will be recommended.
The Admissions Department will assess carefully any applications requiring registration with other institutions. This procedure should minimise the rejection rate for submitted registrations.