Thank you for your detailed reply and I apologise for not being able to come back earlier. Unfortunately, there are number of points in your reply (in fact most of them) which does not match my understanding of Tier 4 rules and I would like to know if I am missing a point!
The first point you made is that he did not inform UKBA of change in course last year. My understanding is that he does not have to if the new course is with the same education sponsor. It is a responsibility of the education provider to inform UKBA. Please follow the link http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/changes/ and see the heading "If you want to do a different course of study with your education provider". I cannot see how it is a responsibility of a student to inform UKBA as you advised.
The second point you raised is that he need to do a course at NQF level 6 to qualify for visa application under Tier 4. The details under the link you emailed refers to a course which "leads" to a qualification at or above NQF level 6. His new course is starting at NQF level 5 but the final qualification will be at level 6. I think there is a difference between UKBA saying "Course starting at Level 6" and "course that leads to a qualification at level 6". Your reply gives an indication of the earlier option whereas I think it is later.
Also it further mentions, if the course is below revised NQF level 6, it must be approved at or above level 4 on the NQF or QCF, if you are studying with a sponsor that has an A (Trusted) rating which his education provider has.
The final point is of academic regression which I need a bit of advise on. If we say that the course he was studying started at NQF level 6 and leads to qualification at NQF level 7 whereas his new course starts at NQF level 5 and leads to a qualification at NQF level 7, would this be considered an academic regression? I think this is a point which probably needs an experienced specific immigration advice rather than general.
I am sorry but I have not been totally satisfied with your advise based on my points above.
That's absolutely okay.
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