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Working in the UK

We understand that whilst you’re in the UK, you might want to secure a part time job, either for work experience or to help with your living costs.

The hours you can work will depend on what type of course you are stdying and what type of visa you are on. Please see below for further details:

  1. If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, and are studying at degree level (Bachelor’s, Master’s etc.), you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during term-time. During vacation (holiday) times, you can work full time hours.
  2. If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, and are studying either a Foundation programme, at college or an English language school, you are allowed to work a maximum of 10 hours a week during term-time. During vacation (holiday) times, similar to students studying at degree level, you can work full time hours.
  3. If you are on a Student visitor visa, you are unfortunately, not allowed to work any number of hours at all, at any periods of the year.

Students wishing to work must obtain a National Insurance Number which is unique to each person. For more information on how to apply for a National Insurance number, please see the Tips page.

You can check the following resources for vacancies:

  • your University careers centre's vacancy website
  • the students' union
  • your university job shop or temporary work agency
  • local businesses, which may advertise online, in local newspapers or in shop windows
  • recruitment agencies, for temporary work
  • jobsites such as Monster, Indeed and totaljobs

Students on a Tier 4 visa are also able to take part in work placements as part of their course. However, your university must be a Highly Trusted Sponsor and the placement must not exceed 50% of the total length of the course, unless there's a legal requirement for it to do so.

 

Developing Your Skills

While doing work experience, look for ways to demonstrate the general skills that employers expect, such as:

  • commercial awareness
  • teamwork
  • communication – written and verbal
  • problem solving
  • Taking a proactive approach will help you make the most of your experiences.

Benefits could include:

  • the opportunity to demonstrate your practical work skills as well as academic ability
  • developing your English language skills
  • working out your career preferences
  • Find out how to develop skills and competencies for graduates.