If you’ve already applied to study at CONEL, please make you sure you login to the Applicant Portal and enter all required information before you come and enrol. If you have any questions about our courses, financial support or course fees, please call us on 020 8442 3055 or come and see us. If you’ve already enrolled, find out more about your first day and other induction information on our Starting College page.
In order to enrol at CONEL, you will need to bring certain documents to ensure you are able to study with us, such as your residency and income documents, as well as exam results (depending on your chosen course).
Here you will find all of the information about residency and income documents:
We will need to see evidence of your residency status in the UK or Republic of Ireland, such as your in-date British or Irish passport. Now that the UK has left the EU, we can no longer accept your EU/EEA/Swiss passport/ID card.
All non-British Citizens (excluding those from the Republic of Ireland) will need to have ‘settled status’ (indefinite leave to remain) or ‘pre-settled status’ (limited leave to remain). You will need to show evidence that you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 years prior to the start date of your course to be able to study with us as a ‘home student’. We also need to see evidence that you have had your ‘settled status’ or ‘pre-settled status’ approved.
If you have one of the following residency statuses, you do not need to have lived in the UK for 3 years or longer. We will need to see your biometric card or Home Office documents.
• Discretionary Leave to Enter or Remain
• Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain
• Humanitarian protection
• Leave outside the rules
• Refugee status
• Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain
• The husband, wife, civil partner or child of any of the above
• Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 Leave
• Calais Leave to Remain
• For applicants living outside of London: Afghan Locally Engaged Staff under the intimidation policy
If you are an Asylum Seeker:
• 16-18, or a vulnerable young adult and have just arrived in the UK, we need to see your ARC/Residence Permit along with a letter indicating that you are in the care of Social Services
• 19 or older, you must have lived in the UK for 6 months or longer. If you have been in the UK for more than 1 year, we will ask to see evidence that you are working with the Home Office towards either Refugee Leave to Remain or Leave to Remain. We also need to see your ARC/Residence Permit and your Bail 201 and/or IS96 immigration letter permitting study
If you are appealing a current decision you need to be in receipt of NAAS, show us your ARC/Residence Permit and your Bail 201 and/or IS96 immigration letter permitting study.
If you have a Tier 2 Visa we will need to see evidence that you have a licenced sponsor and a contract of work.
If you have a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa, we will need to see evidence that you are coming to the UK through an approved government-authorised exchange scheme. This visa allows the worker to do work experience, training, academic research or a fellowship, and to take part in an Overseas Government Language Programme.
If you have a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa, please find the eligibility criteria here.
You will have to pay ‘overseas’ fees to enrol with us with a Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible for any fee remission.
Please note: We are unable to sponsor students for a Student Route Visa (previously known as a Tier 4 General Student Visa) for 2021/22.
If you are aged 16-18 and are the Child of a Diplomat, we will need to see your visa and your parent’s visa and proof of employment as a Diplomat. Your visa must cover you for the duration of the course. Once this is established, you may be able to study for free on a Further Education course.
If you are aged 19+ and the child of a Diplomat, please contact us to discuss enrolling with us.
If you are aged 19 or older, and meet the residency requirements, you can study an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course with us for free. There are many instances where our Level 3 courses are also free – for example, if are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification. If you are aged 24 or older, unemployed or in receipt of a low wage, there are also many Level 3 courses that are free under the London Recovery Flexibilities fund.
We will need to check proof of income/employment, or evidence of benefits, if you are unemployed.
If you are employed, we will need to see evidence of your gross annual wages. This could be 6 weeks of wage slips, if you are paid weekly, or 3 months of pay slips, if you are paid monthly or a Universal Credit Statement within 3 months of the start date of your course, or a current employment contract, which states your gross monthly/annual wages.
If you are unemployed, we will need to see evidence of your benefit/s no older than 3 months prior to the start date of your course.
If you aren’t eligible to study one of our Level 3+ courses for free, you may be eligible to pay your fees with an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL). We need to issue you with a Learning and Funding Information Letter (LaFIL). You will receive this letter in person when you come and enrol, or they may e-mail it to you. Please do not apply for an ALL until you receive this.
If your application to the Student Loan Company or Student Finance England has not yet been finalised you will need to show evidence that an application has been made.
If an employer/sponsor is paying some/all of your course fees please bring a letter of ‘confirmation of payment’ on company headed paper, confirming the amount that will be paid by the organisation, your name and the person/address to be invoiced.
Please note that you will not be able to enrol without this letter.
If you are paying your course fees, you will need to pay at enrolment; we accept payment by debit/credit card. You may also be eligible to pay your fees in instalments, which we will discuss with you at enrolment.