Over the last few years the UK Borders Agency has gradually brought in changes to the requirements students need to meet in order to enter the United Kingdom to study.
The regulations are frequently being amended so if you would like further information on this complex area have a look at:
For general details:
or for studying information:
There is also a downloadable pdf you can find here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/news/summary-student-policy.pdf