Students under 16 Policy

It is expected that the parent or guardian or designated adult of the child, under 16, should enrol, attend and complete the course in its entirety and the course fee is applicable to both parties.

The following outlines our procedures adopted for accepting students who are 16 and under into Lifelong Learning.

Students 16 and under will only be accepted if they are there for educational reasons.

  • There must be an academic reason for a child to attend our classes, and we will need to have a letter from the School supporting it.

  • The child needs to be, at least, in KS3.

A student may attend classes if accompanied by a parent or guardian or designated adult. In the case of the last category, the tutor must receive, in writing, details of the designated adult prior to the student being accepted onto the course. The University does not act in loco parentis.

Further, children accompanying adults for reasons of childcare, will not be accepted.

It is a requirement for under 16s that they enrol at least two weeks in advance of class start date, to allow for checks to be carried out as to whether the chosen course is:

  • appropriate for children to join, eg life drawing class;
  • for discussions to take place regarding ability and willingness to complete stated class assignments
  • to allow time for tutor to be advised of the details of the designated adult and under 16 year old student prior to the student being accepted onto the course.
  • to allow tutor to plan for their inclusion in class. If a student is following a course of study at school or a college of further education, the main tutor will normally be required to submit a letter supporting the student’s attendance at the class.
  • The adult must be present at all classes attended by the student (i.e. if the adult is unable to attend, the student will not be accepted in to the class). The adult must enrol, pay the fees and complete all assignments, as required by all students.

In activities in the class involving group-work, the student will be in the same group as the parent/guardian/adult.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian/adult to ensure that the student remains supervised.

No responsibility can be taken by the tutor of the University for the behaviour of other participants in the class.