Admission Process

Empire College London does not accept any students under the age of 18

Empire College London runs 2 intakes per academic year: February & September.

To secure a place, please apply as early as possible. Students who are applying from overseas and need to apply for Entry Clearance, we suggest that you apply at least 12 weeks before the semester start date. Overseas students must provide all the information listed on the application form, including evidence of their financial ability to pay for their tuition fees and living expenses in the UK.

Step 1: Application Submission


Please send scanned copies of the following documents to

(We will ask you to provide original documents at the time of enrolment for verification)

  • Copies of all academic documentation, including transcripts, certificates, etc. (A certified translation is required if documents are not in the English Language)
  • Passport size photographs (you will be required to provide 2 photographs at the time of enrolment)
  • Valid passport (Non-EU Students must send their Biometric Card or Visa Stamp)
  • Recent proof of address such as: utility bill, bank statement etc. (It must be no more than three months old and show your name and current address)
  • Evidence of your English Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Work experience letter/form (if applicable)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (if applicable)


International students must provide evidence of the Secured English Language Test approved by the Home Office – UKVI.

All students must read the Terms & Conditions on the Application form before applying.

Students are advised to familiarize themselves with relevant College policies.

Send your application via email with all required documents or apply in person by visiting our campus:

Empire College London
Forest House 16-20 Clements Rd
Ilford, Essex, IG1 1BA
E -mail: |

Step 2: Assessment

All application assessment will take place according to the college Admission Policy and Course Entry Requirements. The applicant will be called for a Skype interview (for Overseas International Applications) / face to face interview (for in-country international and UK-EU Applications). As part of the assessment all students will also be called for an internal English Language test.

Successful applicants will receive a Conditional or Unconditional Offer letter. The Conditions that the student needs to meet will be stated on the conditional letter before a CAS Number (international students) or enrolment letter (UK-EU students) can be issued.

Step 3: Self funded and Tier 4 Students

Payment of the first year tuition fees for the chosen course [or as indicated in the conditional offer letter] – this can be in the form of a cheque / demand draft or bank transfer (payable to Empire College London Ltd) within 28 days from the date of the offer.

Students are requested not to make any payment to the third party in their home country in respect of admin/tuition fees. ECL will not be held responsible if a student makes a payment to any third party. Admission will not be confirmed if the fee is not paid. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the ECL Refund Policy.

Students applying via Student Loan Company (SLC): Empire College London in association with Student Finance England offers support towards living costs and tuition fees. The student finance available depends on circumstances, course and study location. The main types of finance are Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and grants. For more details please visit Student Finance England website.

Course Available for Student Finance Applications: (subject to course designation and student eligibility)

  1. Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Business Management) (RQF)
  2. Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training


Step 4: Applying for Entry Clearance/VISA (International students only)

Students should apply for Entry Clearance at least 12 weeks prior to the commencement date of their course. International Students requiring a Visa in order to study in the UK should then apply for Entry Clearance using CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies); A CAS is not a document but a unique reference number issued by a Tier4 sponsor. The student will need to present the CAS Number to the British Embassy or High Commission in their home country to apply for Entry Clearance along with all required documentation and the required application form.

Please visit the UKVI Website for further information on how to apply under the Tier 4 Points Based System.

Any false or forged documents found by the UK Embassy or High Commission may result in a 10 year ban from applying for any type of UK Visa, and may also result in a criminal conviction.

Step 5: Applying for Student Finance (UK-EU students only)

UK-EU applicants can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan through Student Finance at Help in filling up the application form is available at and

Step 6: Application Outcome

The student must inform the College about the outcome of their Entry Clearance/VISA application within 7 days of the visa issue date. Successful applicants must inform the college of their arrival date. If entry clearance/further leave to remain is refused, students must contact the ECL Administrative Department via email:, as soon as possible with the relevant refusal documents from the British Embassy / High commission / UKVI.

UK-EU Students must inform the College about the outcome of their Student Loan Application within 7 days via email:


Useful Links:

ECL Admission Policy

UK Visas and Immigration

Apply for Student Finance

Student Loans Company

Last updated and reviewed:  January 2017