You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you're 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
- can speak, read, write and understand English
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- are from a country that's not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerlan
The validity of a visa of this category depends on the duration of the course of study, as well as on the applicant's education already received. The given category of visa provides for the possibility of extension, in case of prolongation of education.
The spouse and children can accompany the main applicant (student) during his / her studies by applying the appropriate type of visa.
Student visas, by themselves, do not lead to a permanent residence in the UK, but the period of time spent for such visas can be taken into account for the purposes of obtaining permanent residence on the basis of 10 years.