Which visa should I apply for?
Student Visa Route
If you have a minimum overall IELTS score of 4.0 (with no sub-tests less than 4.0), you should apply for a student visa. You can obtain a visa that covers the duration of your English language course and degree programme. However entry on to the degree programme is conditional upon successful completion of the English language course.
Upon successful completion of the English language course, you may apply in the UK for the student visa required for your degree course, as long as there is not a gap of more than 3 months in between courses. The gap between the end of your current visa and the start of your new course must not be more than 28 days.