If your student visa is for a course of six months or more (undergraduate or postgraduate courses), or for a pre-sessional English language course of less than six months, your visa will start one month before the course.
However, please note that it will not be possible for you to open a UK bank account until you are enrolled at the University so make sure you have enough money with you until enrolment. Make sure you arrive on time.
The start date of the course will be stated in the CAS email you receive from BCoT. You must make sure you are enrolled before the course start date or you may have to leave the UK and return home.
Can I bring my family to the UK with me?
Tier 4 Dependants
On 4 July 2011, the rules for Tier 4 dependants changed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have created a useful guide you can use to check if you are able to bring dependants with you to the UK:
UKCISA guide for Tier 4 family dependants
A few things to consider before bringing your family to the UK:
I'm already studying in the UK, can my dependants stay with me?
If you have already been studying in the UK on a programme for longer than six months, your dependants will be able to continue to stay with you in the UK as long as you meet the following requirements:
Under the Tier 4 immigration rules your 'dependants' are:
How do my family apply outside of the UK?
If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa, your dependants apply as a 'Points Based System Dependant'. Each dependant completes a separate application form (VAF10), proving supporting documents and pays a separate fee.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-uk-visa-for-pbs-dependant-form-vaf10