Booking your course:
Most courses start on a Monday (or Tuesday when Monday is a public holiday) and finish on a Friday. On your first day you might miss one or more lessons because of the time needed to complete your enrollment and to take the level test. Minimum age for enrollment is 16. The maximum number of students in a class is 13; the year-round average number of students in a class is 9. Classes may be held on-site at Bath Academy or at a suitable partner premises with classroom accommodation in the centre of Bath within short walking distance of Bath Academy’s main building. In any 12-week period, you will have at least two progress tutorials with your teacher and about 20 minutes of class time will be used for these meetings, while the class carries on with work set by the teacher. A non-refundable registration fee of £120 for non-EU students and £60 for EU students is included in the tuition fees on all courses. Full tuition fees must be paid at least 2 weeks before course start date except for sponsored students (see below). You can find our current tuition fees on our website. Fees are not transferable to another student. There are no classes on UK public holidays and classes lost on these days will not be refunded. The course fee will not be reduced or the course extended to take account of public holidays falling within the booked course period. Payments should be made in Pounds Sterling only. Your enrollment documents will be sent to you after your payment has been received. You can pay by bank transfer or cheque or credit card (there will be a surcharge of 2% for credit card payments). All courses are offered subject to availability.
Cancelling your course before you start EU students: If you want to cancel a course, you must do so in writing. You may cancel on the following conditions: There will be a full refund minus the registration fee if you give us more than 5 working days’ (Monday to Friday) notice before the course begins. A cancellation fee equivalent to 1 week tuition and the registration fee will be charged if you give us less than 5 working days’ notice before the course begins. If you want to postpone a course, you must do so in writing. You may postpone on the following conditions: You must take the postponed course within 6 months of the original starting date. We will give you a credit towards the postponed booking as follows: 5 working days’ notice or more before the course begins = 100% credit of course fees paid. Less than 5 working days’ notice before the course begins =100% credit of course fees paid minus the first week fee. A postponed booking cannot be postponed again or cancelled. Non-EU students: Non EU students can cancel or postpone their course as per our rules for EU students. In addition, if you cancel your booking because of a visa refusal, we will refund any fees that you have paid minus the registration fee if you send us the original visa refusal letter issued by the British Embassy/Consulate and you complied with the guidelines for visa application. You must send us this at least 5 working days before your course begins. If you notify us later, we reserve the right to charge you in line with our normal cancellation terms. Please note that if you are found to have applied for a visa using false documents or any form of deception, no refund of any payment will be made. It is your responsibility to apply for your visa in good time. Refunds may take up to a month to process. No refund will be given if the visa application is withdrawn by the student (in this case cancellation rules as under EU students will apply) or the student is asked to leave the country by British authorities.
It is usually possible to extend your booking while you are here and the extra fees you pay will be based on the length of your original booking. For example, if you originally booked 10 weeks on the General English course and extend by 2 weeks, you will pay for these 2 weeks at the discounted rate. You must inform us at least 2 weeks before the course extension start date and pay in full at this time in order to guarantee your place.
You are expected to attend your lessons regularly. You are expected to arrive on time. Late arrival at the start of the class is disruptive to the class as a whole and you will not be allowed in to the class if you arrive more than 10 minutes late. It is your responsibility to inform the College of illness or other reasons for absence. You will need to provide us a Doctor’s Certificate if you are absent due to a medical reason. No extension or refunds will be given because of absence due to illness or for late arrival. You will only receive a leaving certificate if your attendance has been 85% or more.
Your Level of English
You are required to take a level test on the first day of your course. The result of the level test will place you in the appropriate level for your chosen course. You may discussthis matter with the Director of Studies if you are not happy with the class you are placed in. It is your responsibility to check the level of English you need for the course you wish to take (please see our brochure and website). If you are uncertain about your level, please contact the College, we will be happy to advise you. If your level of English is unsuitable for the course you have booked, we reserve the right to move you to a more suitable course, or to refuse you admission to the school. If your level is too low to join a group course, we may offer you a programme of private tuition at current rate, subject to availability, instead. Because this will be more expensive, the converted number of hours will be lessthan for the group course, in order to maintain the same course tuition fee. If you wish to book more 1:1 tuition this will be charged as extra. You may change your level if this is agreed by your teacher and the Director of Studies whose decision is final.