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ATAS Clearance

ATAS Clearance

ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme)

ATAS is designed to provide additional security checks on international students who study certain courses. ATAS clearance is a mandatory requirement for all international students to study any of the below listed subjects at Solent University (CAH Codes Included):

Courses requiring ATAS

Research Courses

CAH10-01-01 MPhil/PhD General Engineering

CAH10-01-01 PhD General Engineering

CAH10-01-01 MPhil General Engineering

CAH11-01-04 PhD Computer and Information Security

Taught Courses

CAH07-01-01 MSc Applied Acoustics

CAH07-01-01 MEng Audio and Acoustic Engineering

Who requires ATAS

All students studying one of the above listed courses whose nationality is outside the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

When is ATAS clearance required?

A CAS, required to support a Tier 4 visa application cannot be issued until Admissions receives confirmation that ATAS clearance has been granted. The ATAS application will take a minimum of 20 working days so please allow sufficient time to receive the certificate and the CAS before applying for your visa. For the purposes of a visa application, an ATAS certificate is valid for up to six months.

International students who do not require a CAS must have their ATAS clearance prior to enrolling at the University.

We recommend you submit an online ATAS application as soon as you receive a conditional offer (for the purpose of a visa application, the certificate is valid for 6 months). 

How to apply

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is responsible for issuing ATAS clearance certificates, and its website explains the process. The information you require to complete the application is contained in the relevant Course Programme Specification documents.

You will receive an ATAS certificate by email (check your inbox and spam regularly), which you will need to show as part of your student visa application. Please also send your ATAS certificate to as soon as you receive it.

Current students

If you need to make a new Tier 4 visa application to extend your course in the UK you must make a new ATAS application each time and clearance must be granted before a new CAS can be issued.  You will also need to make a new ATAS application if you change your area of research or switch to one of the above listed courses that requires ATAS.

On receipt, please send your ATAS certificate to



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