Since opening in 1999, Acorn House College has attracted students from all over the world. Acorn House is located in Southall, West London, 10 miles from Heathrow Airport and 22 minutes from Central London. The College is accredited by the UK Visa and Immigration service (UKVI) with a Tier 4 Sponsor status in providing intensive GCSE and A Level courses to students from a range of nationalities.
Acorn House College specialises in supporting students to go onto top universities in the UK, particularly to study for Medical Science careers.
Applying to Acorn House College
If you are interested in applying to Acorn House College as an international student, contact our admissions office to find out more about the school and our admissions process:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8571 9900
Visas and the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge.
All international students must meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria if the college is sponsoring the visa.
New Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) for non-EEA students
If you are a non-EEA national, you will be required to pay a healthcare surcharge from 6 April 2015. This new charge is a requirement of any student visa application. Once you submit payment, you will receive an IHS reference number to submit with your application.
Details of the new charge:
- The charge applies to students applying from outside of the EEA, Australia, and New Zealand who apply to come to the UK for over 6 months.
- The IHS reference number you receive must be written on the cover of your visa application if you are applying online from outside the UK. If you are applying from inside the UK online, then the number goes on the cover sheet.
- If you are a non-EEA national, already in the UK, you will need to pay the surcharge if you apply to extend your visa. (This does not apply for students from Australia or New Zealand).
- The surcharge will be £150 per academic year (9 months). The exact amount you have to pay depends on how much leave you are granted. If your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months you will pay half of the yearly amount (£75). Find out how much you will have to pay here.
- Your visa application will be refused if you fail to pay the surcharge in full or do not include your IHS reference number in your visa application. You must pay the healthcare surcharge and obtain an IHS reference number before you submit your visa application (or book an appointment at a premium service centre).
NB: If you are applying from Australia or New Zealand you will not have to pay, although you will be required to collect an IHS reference for your visa application. Once you have completed the process on the surcharge website, the service will tell you that you do not have to pay and give you your reference number.
Full details are available at the Home Office website.
Changes to Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
From 18 March 2015, non-EEA-national students from certain countries who apply for their student visas from outside the UK will be issued a 30-day vignette (sticker) in their passports. If this applies to you, you will be issued with a BRP that must be collected within ten days of your arrival in the UK. This process will apply to all international students from 31 July 2015. For further information visit the Biometric Residence Permit section on the UK Government website.