Figure 2.7: Study-related sponsored visa applications by sector, 2010-2014
Source: Home Office
Universities are 'recognised bodies' (meaning that it has its own UK degree-awarding powers), or bodies in receipt of public funding as a Higher Education Institute (HEI). Institutions (including Further Education colleges) which receive some public funding to deliver higher education courses do not fall within this definition of an HEI. They are UK-based. Further Education contains the remainder of sponsors who described themselves as ‘University and tertiary’, plus those who described themselves as ‘Private Institution of Further or Higher Education’ or whose self-description included ‘Further Education’ or ‘Higher Education’. This includes a small number of foreign-based universities but these account for very small numbers of CAS used.
The chart excludes sponsored visa applications from a small number of other sponsors.