Confirmation of Booking
All bookings will be confirmed (subject to availability) within 1 working day of receipt of application.

Do not to book flights or arrange any accommodation until written confirmation has been received from the college and a Letter of Acceptance has been issued. BLC is not liable for costs incurred by arranging any services if confirmation of booking has not been issued by the college.

Payment of Fees
A course can be reserved with full payment or a course deposit (GBP 250) which will be deducted from the total fees payable. No visa documentation will be issued until BLC receives these deposits. Full fees must be paid no later than 14 days before the start date. On receipt of your initial payment BLC will send a Letter of Acceptance to Study with an invoice for the balance of fees payable. For all late payments made after the due date a late payment fee of GBP 50 will be added. 

Courses booked less than 14 days before start date – FULL FEES PAID ON RECEIPT OF BOOKING 

You can pay by bank transfer, account name is: Brighton Language College Ltd.

Account name: Brighton Language College Ltd.

Bank Barclays Bank, 1126 Station Rd, Edgware Rd, Edgware, Middx, HA8 7RY
Account number: 23340953
IBAN: GB53BARC20293723340953
SWIFT: BARCGB22
Sort Code: 20-29-37

Bank Charges / Credit Card Handling Fee
All Bank Charges must be paid by the student, full invoice must be paid. You can pay by debit card or credit card. Credit cards @ 2.2% Handling Fee (AMEX @ 4%)

Course & Entry Levels
If after the placement test, a student is found to be below the minimum level required to start the course, BLC reserves the right to place the student on an alternative course.

Visas
If you require a visa you must contact the nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission for conditions of all visa categories. Visa arrangement and collection is the responsibility of the student or agent.

Short Term Student (6 months) – age 18+ for up to 6 months study
Short Term Student (11 months) – age 18+ for up to 11 months study
Short Term Student (Child) – age under 18 for up to 6 months study

Services
BLC reserves the right to alter the particulars of services. This includes changes to dates, locations, facilities & courses where changes are necessary due to circumstances beyond the company’s control. BLC reserves the right to offer alternative english courses in the event of low demand for particular dates. BLC may also use locations in alternative premises in Brighton during high season.

Accommodation
Accommodation of all types is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed at the time of booking.

If your visa has not been approved 1 week before arrival (low season) and 2 week before arrival (high season JUNE / JULY / AUGUST) accommodation is not guaranteed by BLC and you will have to make your own arrangements for your accommodation needs until accommodation can be arranged. In High Season this will require arrangements being made for the entire high season period in most cases. You will be placed with a homestay after arrival at the earliest convenience. Payments for accommodation made are not used under these circumstances will be refunded.

Adult students may be placed in the BLC Student House (3 minutes by foot from the college) as an alternative in circumstances where we are unable to source a host family initially as a temporary measure.

BLC Student House is age 18+ only, 3 single rooms + 1 twin room, 2 bathrooms and meals will not be provided. Please refer to our Student House Guidelines.

Failure to disclose any specific needs (allergies or diets) which result in a change of enrolment will be subject to an Administration Fee (GBP 25) and any costs involved in moving accommodation.

For shared accommodation you must book with a friend, BLC is unable to guarantee shared accommodation through the year and will place you in single room accommodation and bill at that rate.

Shared accommodation is defined a room which has 2 or more beds, the majority have 2 but some triple and quadruple rooms are available and may be used in extra-ordinary circumstances.

BLC acts as an intermediary in apartment lettings, hotel and hostel bookings and cannot be held liable for any extra charges, complaints, misrepresentations, disputes, breakages or actions between the letting agency / hotel and customer. Any disputes must be taken up directly with the letting agency / hotel, not with BLC.

BLC reserves the right to cancel accommodation for students in circumstances where hosting is no longer a viable option. This includes abusive or disruptive behaviour at the home stay or school, BLC will attempt to resolve the situation, this may include moving to a new homestay of BLC’s discretion which may / may not the original booking requirements (no refunds). We are not obliged to host students who clearly display a lack of respect for the homestay providers, students who are removed from accommodation in such circumstances will need to arrange alternative accommodation (juniors will be sent home).

Home-stay accommodation allocations reserves the right to place students in home-stays that to do not fully match requests when necessary due to, but not restricted to, operational needs, changes in arrival dates, changes in availability, requests for twin / single rooms, location in Brighton, shared occupancy in the same house as another student or preferences for no pets. BLC’s primary concern is to ensure all students are housed on arrival. Please note that all accommodation is Sunday to Sunday, arrivals and departures outside of this window will mean the student staying in private accommodation arranged independently.

Homestays are reserved from 17:00 on arrival day and students are asked to have vacated their rooms by 11:00 on departure days. Requests for availability outside of these times is not guaranteed. Junior Vacation arrivals during high season may be requested to wait at the college with BLC staff until the homestay is available on that day.

Please refer to our anti-discrimination policy when booking accommodation through BLC, changes or requests which are in violation of the Equality Act 2010 will not be tolerated and accommodation will be cancelled and BLC will not be responsible for housing the student.

Changes to Accommodation (After Arrival)
Changes to accommodation which incur a taxi fee for transferring from accommodation to school / accommodation are payable by the student(s) in all cases except where BLC has moved the student(s) due to circumstances beyond the control of the company and this has been authorized in advance by management.

Changes of Enrolments
BLC reserves the right to charge an Administration Fee (GBP 25) each time course or accommodation details are changed or cancelled after a place has been confirmed. There is no Administration Fee for students who wish to increase the number of lessons per week or an extension to stay (changes must comply with any visa restrictions you have). Students under 18 who wish to amend their course will need to be confirmed in writing by their parent, agent or guardian.

Age
General English & Exam courses are open to anyone 16 years or above; Business & Activity Plus 18+ and 40 Plus 40+; junior vacation courses 12 – 17 years old; Explorer 5 – 11 years old; Safari 7 – 11 years old; 1 to 1 tuition is available to 12 years old and above. Closed groups are tailor made and are subject to their own age restrictions.

Changes to Airport Transfers
Any change to airport transfers must be sent to admissions@brightonlc.co.uk at least 2 full working days before the designated date and time of arrival. If notice is not received an additional charge (GBP 25) will apply.

Airport Transfers
Airport transfer fees include 1 hour waiting time from the scheduled time the flight has landed. Where waiting time exceeds one hour students will be charged GBP 30/hour.

Accident & Medical Insurance
All students must have appropriate medical and travel insurance.

Study Materials
All courses include an initial (one copy) of a text book on arrival. Lost or damaged text books are the responsibility of the student to replace. Additional course books @ GBP 30 (estimate).

Duration of Lessons
One lesson is 45 minutes. Breaks between lessons will not always observe this pattern. Class schedules will, in total, be of the agreed length (e.g. 3 hours / day) but may be broken into a 3 x 60 minute pattern with 2 breaks or a 2 x 90 minute pattern with 1 break. 20 lessons – 15 hours / 24 lessons – 18 hours / 26 lessons – 19.5 hours / 30 lessons = 22.5 hours /32 lessons – 24 hours / 40 lessons – 30 hours.

Refund Policy
BLC does not give cash refunds, any refunds will be made by credit card only to the credit card used to make payment or bank transfer to the account which the fees were originally paid from. BLC will not refund to a 3rd party or through alternate channels under any circumstances. BLC will not be liable for any bank charges or currency fluctuations. If a visa application is rejected after payment has been received full tuition & accommodation fees less Administration Fee (GBP 25), Registration Fee (GBP 60), Accommodation Service Fee (GBP 35), Student Insurance (GBP 10/pw) and Express Mail (GBP 65) will be refunded with 28 days, provided a visa refusal letter is received by our Admissions Centre at least 2 working days before the course is due to start.

2018 Course Dates

Junior Vacation

  • Brighton Winter 14.01.18 – 04.02.18
  • Brighton Spring 18.03.18 – 15.04.18
  • Brighton Summer / Brighton Summer Intensive 10.06.18 – 02.09.18

Family Vacation

  • Explorer 19.03.18 – 31.08.17
  • Safari 19.03.18 – 13.04.18 / 11.06.18 – 31.08.18

English & Culture (40+)

  • 09.04.18 / 04.06.18 / 20.08.18 / 08.10.18

Activity Plus

  • 11.06.18 – 31.08.18

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing, the following rules apply:

Non Transferable
Fees may not be transferred between students once payment has been made to the school.

Non Refundable
Registration Fee (GBP 60), Express Mail (GBP 65), Accommodation Service Fee (GBP 35), Student Insurance (GBP 10/pw) , Credit Card Charges, Bank Charges & Airport Transfer Fee will not be refunded for any student cancelling before arrival.

Tuition Refunds (cancel before arrival)
Cancellations received in writing more than 14 days before the course start date – 100% of tuition fees will be refunded (less any “Non Refundable before Arrival” fees) (GBP 25 Administration Fee). Cancellations received in writing less than 14 days before the course start date – GBP 250 Administration Fee.

Accommodation Refunds (cancel before arrival) 
Cancellations received more than 14 days before the accommodation arrival date – 100% of accommodation fees will be refunded (less any “non Refundable before Arrival” fees). Cancellations received less than 14 days before the accommodation arrival date – charged 1 week of the accommodation plan will be charged.

Tuition Refunds (cancel after arrival)
Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable once the course has started. Group course tuition fees for cancelled weeks cannot be converted to private tuition.

Accommodation Refunds (cancel after arrival)
Any student in host family accommodation who wishes to cancel accommodation must give at least 2 weeks notice to the school. All charges and cancellations will take effect from Sunday only, and not from mid-week. This Sunday will be calculated as the first Sunday after 7 days notice. Hotel & private apartments are non refundable and cannot be changed. An Administration Fee of GBP 25 per person will be deducted from the refund. Refunds will be paid within 28 days of the cancellation, paid by bank transfer with any bank charges paid by the destination bank account holder. Any student who chooses to leave the homestay during their stay without following standard cancellation procedures BLC will be under no obligation to rehouse the student and no refund will be given.

Refusal of Entry – UK Border Force
A student who is detained at the point of entry to the UK and is refused entry is not eligible for a refund. BLC complies with UK Border Force rules regarding illegal entry to the UK and assists fully in any investigation.

Holidays
BLC will be closed on all UK Public Bank Holidays – Please note: Junior Vacation (30.03.18 – 02.04.18 / 27.08.18) /  Family Vacation (30.03.18 – 02.04.18 / 27.08.18) these courses will run. No discounts or refunds are given for tuition fees on Non teaching Public Holidays. BLC is closed over Christmas week. All intakes are on Mondays, in the event of a public holiday intake will take place on Tuesday of that week. School closed 23.12.17 – 01.01.18 / 30.03.18 – 02.04.18 / 07.05.18 / 28.05.18 / 27.08.18 / 22.12.18 – 06.01.19. Group tuition on these dates will still be charged. One to One tuition will be rescheduled.

Student Holidays
Only full weeks can be granted, no partial weeks or single days will be granted. Holidays can only be classified as “Excused Absences” or students can extend the course finish date to compensate for the week vacation. Holiday allowance is calculated as follows: 11 weeks = 1 week holiday / 22 weeks = 2 weeks holiday / 33 weeks = 3 weeks holiday / 44 weeks = 4 weeks holiday. 1-4 day requests are not transferable to extend the course. It is your responsibility to check visa regulations if you are planning to leave the UK during your break.

Resolution of Disputes
In the event of a dispute between an individual student and the school, procedures are in place to facilitate the resolution of the dispute – please see our Complaints Policy. Any complaint should first be made to the department to which it relates or school director. Each complaint will be fully investigated provided that it is received within 4 weeks of the course ending and all fees have been paid. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily the student should complain in writing to The British Council.

Liability
BLC does not accept liability where full disclosure of medical conditions and allergies has not been made. Nor does it accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property, except where law imposes such liability. The student or agent is liable for any costs incurred by BLC as a result of non communicated changes to the details of the booking.

Student Insurance
Student insurance can be supplied via guard.me, all claims must be made directly with the insurer. Students are not required to take out insurance as part of the booking, however BLC strongly recommends that medical insurance (via any provider) is taken out prior to departure for the UK. Student Insurance is non refundable.

Validity of Prices
Prices are valid from 1 January 2017. Price are subject to change without notice. For current prices please refer to www.brightonlc.co.uk or contact the school directly.

Expulsion from BLC
At the discretion of the director BLC reserves the right to expel from school or remove from accommodation arranged by BLC any student whose conduct is unacceptable. This includes but not limited to possession or consumption of illegal drugs, anti-social behaviour, smoking in restricted areas, causing malicious damage to accommodation or school premises, threatening students or staff, breaking school rules or local laws. No fees will be refunded in these cases and any unpaid fees will become payable immediately. Students (or parents or guardians where applicable) agree to pay tuition fees and other charges for the course by the dates due. It is understood and agreed that failure to pay may result in cancellation of the enrolment, upon which BLC’s standard cancellation policy would apply.

Promotional Activities
Students (or parents or guardians, where applicable) agree that BLC is authorized to use the students’ photos, videos, quotes and details of acheivements for promotional activities without written consent or notification.

Accreditation
Brighton Language College is registered with Accreditation UK (The British Council) and is registered for Student Term Study Visa (6 month), Short Term Study Child Visa and Student Term Study Visa (11 month) sponsorship. BLC has chosen not to register as a Tier 4 sponsor for 2017 with the UKVI as we do not provide university pathway or foundation programs.

Junior Courses
Parents / legal guardians authorize their child to participate in all aspects of the program organised by BLC. In cases of expulsion students will be sent home at the parents expense and without refund. BLC does not provide supervision for students 16 years old who have booked adult courses only. Junior Vacation courses include study materials, lunches & weekly bus passes in the course price shown. Lost bus passes are to be replaced at the students expense. Bus passes are at £19.00/week (Dec 2016). All Junior Vacation packages include shared room accommodation at a homestay in the advertised price.

Junior Sunday Coach Transfers
For Junior Vacation (age 12-17) courses BLC provides airport transfers (Sunday Coach Transfers) on Sundays only from Gatwick & Heathrow. Transfers run on Sundays between 09:00 -18:00 (arrivals) & 11:00 – 21:00 (departures), all prices for teens are based on arrival and departure on Sundays. If you wish to use this service please see the supplements on the website. Flight details must be provided 14 days before arrival or there is no guarantee of the coach transfer service and students will have to arrange a taxi transfer through the school (please see main price list). Flights arriving at other airports are required to use taxi transfers. Our staff members are unable to wait at check in desk with your child, airlines usually require under 14s to be checked in by an adult, please book the unaccompanied minor service (UMS) @ GBP 65 with BLC if you need this service.

Equal Opportunities and Discrimination (Equality Act 2010)

BLC is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities through the way we manage the organisation and provide services to our staff and students. In order to express this commitment, we develop, promote and maintain policies that will be conductive to the principles of fairness and equality.

The Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics are:

Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race , religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

In valuing diversity BLC is committed to go beyond the legal minimum regarding equality. BLC management recognises and encourages diversity, acceptance and equality. Discrimination will not be tolerated or accepted with regards to any aspect of BLC’s services.