This section will provide more information on some important parts of an Etherton Education Academic Summer Course. This includes what our fees cover, travel documents to carry, how to pay, certificates and reports, visa details and a disclaimer note about our materials.
What our Fees Cover
We try to make sure that almost everything is included in the course fees, other than visa costs, air tickets and pocket money. Here is a brief summary:
Accommodation in a residential boarding house, bed linen, meals and weekly laundry for machine washable clothes.
All teaching, text books, basic stationery materials and sports coaching.
Social activities, Sunday clubs, and all trips including transport and entrance fees.
Arrival and departure transfers for our courses at Lord Wandsworth College and Queen’s College to and from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports on the first and last days of our published course dates. There are time restrictions on this so please refer to our Travel Information sheet before you book your travel.
Etherton Education provide all students attending a summer course with a basic insurance policy. A summary of this policy can be found below but we strongly advise that all students take out their own comprehensive private insurance including travel and medical cover as well as the policy we provide.
Etherton Education Documents to Carry in to the UK
Students travelling into the UK should carry a completed Consent to Travel Letter which will be issued once a deposit has been received. This should be kept in their hand luggage to present to customs officials if required. If you have made a payment for a course and not received a Consent to Travel Letter to complete please contact us and we can send you the correct letter for your course location.
When to Pay
We would normally request a deposit within 14 days of an application. However, for 2022 we are not requesting deposits until much closer to the course. The deposit requirement and payment date will be reviewed in April 2022 by our Directors. If you have a submitted an application, you will be contacted with further information. The course fee balance payment is normally due in full on 01 June 2022, but this will also be reviewed in April 2022.
Student Certificates and Reports
All students will receive a certificate and a report at the end of their course. For students attending the 4, 6 or 8 week courses they will receive a detailed report on their work in each subject. For students on the a 2 week course, they will receive a short-form report.
Student Visa Information
On application, please advise us what visa you will be applying for (or have in place already) to attend your course. There are many different visa types available so you will need to make sure you have chosen one which covers the entire duration of you study at Etherton Education.
If you are going to study at a UK school after our course, or are planning on applying to one, please see our Partner Schools Page for more information. We have over 140 visa partnerships with British boarding schools which will enable you to apply for a single visa to cover our course and your onward school.
Students are supervised almost all of the time but have some freedom to move around when they are on the school campuses of our host schools. On trips, students 15 and over may have periods of up to two hours’ shopping time in groups of three. Students 14 and under are always supervised on trips.
What effect may COVID-19 have upon the course?
At present (time of publishing November 2021), we hope that we will be able to run our summer courses in 2022, but we cannot be certain, and therefore we need to consider possible changes.
The safety of our students is the most important thing to us and we will follow the UK Government and World Health Organisation updates and guidelines. Currently the situation and the guidelines change regularly so it is not possible to outline exactly what we may or may not have to do in the event of a continuation to the pandemic. We have outlined some of the changes we have made below:
- We will review the date for the deposit payment on 01 March 2022 and may delay this and the final balance payment.
- We may require students to have a negative COVID-19 text result before arrival.
- We may have to change the operation of our courses to follow Government and World Health Organisation guidelines. This may include reducing the number of students in a boarding room. We may need to change the boarding accommodation or even the school.
- We may have to reduce the class sizes and some interactive lessons may not be possible.
- We may have to change or cancel our normal trips in the event of the Government ‘lockdown’ or travel restrictions.
- We may not be able to provide a full range of sports or social activities but will try to choose other sports and activities to help students stay healthly, to challenge them, and to learn essential skills.
What happens if Etherton Education cancels the course?
If we have to cancel your summer courses, you can choose from these three options:
1. Transfer any fees paid to a summer course in 2023.
2. Transfer any fees paid to an Etherton Online course in 2022/2023.
3. Receive a full (100%) refund of any fees that have been paid. We will need your bank details for this. We aim to make the payment within 10 working days.
What happens if my country border is closed or the UK border is closed?
If either your home country is closed, or the UK border is closed to entry from your country, when you need to travel for your course, we will offer the three options listed in the previous answer
If you have any questions about the details shown here, or about our courses in general, please contact our admissions team HERE.