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Under 18 Guidance

Under 18s supplementary fee

Here at ONCAMPUS, with our partner universities, we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students. Our care commitment to under 18 students recognises the fact that, under British Law, anyone under the age of 18 is legally considered a child. As such, our package of support is informed by appropriate safeguarding, child protection and legal restrictions.

A university campus is an adult environment in which all students are expected to act as adults and to assume adult level of responsibility. Places are offered on the understanding that students will be able to adapt to living away from home and deal with the practicalities that this involves. Universities treat all students as independent, mature individuals and students who are under the age of 18 years will be treated in the same way. However, we recognise that students under the age of 18 may have different needs in relation to their support and wellbeing.

To ensure the wellbeing of students under the age of 18 is maintained, we provide a range of extra tailored support services for minors, all of which is included in a one-off under 18s supplementary fee. Our experienced ONCAMPUS staff, who have been through the appropriate criminal records checks, are on hand to provide both academic and emotional support. This includes:

  • Expert advice on admissions and the Tier 4 (Child) student visa
  • Optional airport pick-up service
  • Organising accommodation with other under 18s
  • Assistance to register for medical, other personal or academic services
  • Emergency point of contact and support during sickness, personal or academic issues
  • Attendance monitoring.

 

Why College Guardians?

College Guardians is a well-established nationwide company, professionally accredited by the AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) with a network of experienced, independent welfare personnel. A Guardian will be allocated on a 1:1 basis while the student is under the age of 18.

• Meets students twice each term

• Available by telephone 24 hours per day during term time

• Academic and emotional support

• Assistance through sickness, hospital admissions and emergency situations

• Support through disciplinary matters and non-attendance

• Regular email and telephone contact with the student/parent/Centre.

 

Supplementary fee

There are two rates of supplementary fee to cover the cost of this additional support, based on the length of time a student will spend studying under the age of 18.

A student who is under 18 for less than 12 months whilst studying with ONCAMPUS: £575

The supplementary fee will be automatically added to the student’s account and is payable alongside the first term fees.

 

Frequently asked questions

Some of the most common questions we get asked by studnet, parents and guardians.

Why do I need a Guardian and who is it?

Under UK law, anyone under the age of 18 is legally considered a child. To improve the welfare provision for under 18 students and ensure we meet appropriate standards for safeguarding and child protection, we have put in place a package of additional tailored support. This includes allocating each student a dedicated ‘College Guardian’ for the duration of their study until they turn 18. College Guardians is an established guardianship provider accredited by the AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), an independent professional body that ensures all providers adhere to rigorous inspections. The Guardian is an extremely useful person to be able to contact as they are an independent advocate not employed by ONCAMPUS and to whom students can contact and speak to confidentially.

Can I select my own Guardian?

No, each centre has a guardian assigned to them from College Guardians’ network of approved and experienced welfare personnel. This guarantees that the assigned Guardian is available 24/7 during term time and that the individual knows how to respond to any given situation, not only within the confines of UK law, but also with knowledge of relevant contacts and support agencies.

How do I or my parents contact my Guardian?

The under 18 welfare and guardianship declaration form has fields for student email, parents’ email and parents’ telephone numbers. Providing we receive the completed document before the students’ arrival, a welcome email will be sent to students from College Guardians. Within this email, you will find all the contact numbers/emails for College Guardians.

Will I be picked up at the airport?

ONCAMPUS can arrange an airport pick-up. This is available to book via the taxi transfer form. Please note that a fee is charged by ONCAMPUS for the airport pick-ups to cover the cost of the driver/fuel.

How do I pay for under 18 support?

An under 18s supplementary fee is automatically added by admissions and will then appear on the student statement. This fee is due to be paid alongside the tuition fees for the first term. There are two rates of supplementary fee to cover the cost of this additional support, based on whether a student spends less than 12 months or 12+ months studying under the age of 18 (£575).

Why should I choose to stay in ONCAMPUS accommodation?

You can find out about the beifits of staying in ONCAMPUS accommodation in our Under 18 Accommodation Policy here.

How does my Guardian keep a check on me?

College Guardians are available to meet students twice each term. They are available by telephone 24 hours a day during term time. Staff at ONCAMPUS have a great relationship with College Guardians and are in regular contact about any matter they feel is necessary. The Guardians can then offer their own experience and knowledge to assist students with anything such as academic support, emotional support, assistance through sickness, hospital admissions and emergency situations. Rest assured they have lots of experience communicating with parents, agents and families who are based abroad.

How will my Guardian know if I am caught up in an accident or issue anywhere?

The staff at ONCAMPUS will contact College Guardians if there is an accident or issue. Students can also contact College Guardians 24 hours a day if they would like or need to speak about anything: parents can also do the same.

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