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Working during your studies

Students at laptops As a Tier 4 (General) Student you will normally be permitted to work part-time during term time.

If work is allowed and you are studying at degree level or above you will be restricted to 20 hours per week and this will be stated on your BRP. You should be aware that unpaid work also counts towards your weekly hours. This is the MAXIMUM number of hours that you can work each week and you should be aware that you cannot average out the hours over the month.

There are strict conditions on the type of work you can carry out. You can do most types of work but you must not:

  • be self-employed or engage with business activity
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach
  • be employed as an entertainer
  • take a permanent full-time job

As the rules around working in the UK can change, we recommend that you refer to the UKCISA website for further information.