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Supporting documentation for a postgraduate programme application


Additional Documentation in Support of your Application:

After you have submitted your application, please send all necessary supporting information listed below as soon as possible to allow us to process your application.

Documents should be sent by post to: 
Postgraduate Admissions
Schumacher College
The Old Postern
TQ9 6EA.  

We recommend tracked, signed for, or recorded delivery.

1) Certificate(s) or transcript(s) of first degree or equivalent qualifications: these can be original or certified copies:

Photocopies MUST be certified by a public notary or solicitor (with contact details provided for them).

Any documents which are not in English MUST be accompanied by a full translation then certified by a public notary or solicitor.  When sending any translation(s) the Certificate or transcript in the original language must also be supplied; meeting the guidelines noted above.

Important notes for Tier 4 students concerning Certificates and Transcripts: 

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will only accept original copies of your certificates or transcripts during the visa application process. Whilst we are happy to accept originals to support your application to us, it is safer to post certified photocopies which meet the above guidelines. You will be asked to bring the originals with you to enrolment if offered a place.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) also require a full translation of any documents that are not in English that can be independently verified by the Home Office. Further information and relevant links can be found at the bottom of this page.** To avoid paying a Translator twice we would recommend any translations provided to us meet the UKVI guidelines in full and that you hold an additional copy yourself in readiness for any visa application.   

2) A recent passport-size photograph

3) A copy of the front cover and information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport at any time before you come to the UK to study).

4) A copy of any previous or current UK visa.

5) Two references:

One academic/employer reference to comment on your academic ability and suitability to undertake postgraduate study. We will accept an employer’s reference where you have not been recently engaged in academic study.

One personal reference to comment on your ability to contribute to shared research and/or your experience of living or working in a community setting.

Please submit your references as original documents on headed paper in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by the referee. Alternatively, your referees may scan and email the letter on headed paper directly to the College from their official work email address. The e-mail should be sent to with Subject line: ‘Reference for [applicants name]’

6) Non-native English speakers:                                                                                     

If you have taken an:-

IELTS test: (English Language Requirements can be viewed herePlease note: Tier 4 students must take an Academic IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration purposes.)                                                                                            

Please post an original or very clear photocopy of your  IELTS certificate. Alternatively IELTS can send an original copy directly to Schumacher College on your behalf.

If you have access to a scanner we will accept a scanned copy; this should be e-mailed to  If sending by e-mail please type the following in the subject line: ‘Supporting Document –  IELTS test - (followed by your name)’.Important to note: All copies are verified online using the IELTS verification service so please ensure the scan is clear and all information visible.

If you have booked, or plan to book an English Language test:

Please inform us of the date your test is to be taken. This may be a note with your papers, or you can e-mail:  Please ensure the subject line of the e-mail says: Supporting Documents – Further information – (Followed by your full name)                       

If you require sponsorship for a Tier 4 (General) visa **

Translations of documents which are not in English.

UKVI requirements can be subject to change, so it is important you check for any updated guidance.  Since August 2014 UKVI require all documents which are not in English to be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office. The original translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of the translation
  • the translator/an authorised official of the translation company’s full name and signature, and
  • the translator/translation company’s contact details.

Even at point of application it can be useful to make yourself familiar with the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) with regard to Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Please note that you cannot apply for a Tier 4 visa without first being offered a place and given a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Student number). Further information is contained within our offer letters.

Tier 4 (General) Student visa information page:

Documentary requirements can be found here: Please read the Guidance and Appendix at the bottom of the page.  Information concerning proof of finances is of particular importance as the required funds need to be in place for 28 days** prior to your visa application. (** correct as at: August 2014; please check current UKVI requirements as these can be subject to change).

Important information:  Schumacher College is licensed under Dartington Hall Trust as a Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we are required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. That means we’ll look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) guidance for sponsors. Information you provide on your application form will be passed on to the UKVI once you have been offered a place and Schumacher College agrees to sponsor you.

Last updated: 30/01/2019