For campus-based and online courses, the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) admits students who are under 18 (but older than 16) and who are mature and responsible enough to study in a large university. Students under the age of 18 are classed as children or 'minors' under UK Law.
All students under the age of 18 are required to have a UK Guardian that we can contact if we need to. This can be your parent if your parent lives in the UK, or an adult chosen by your parent (if your parent lives outside of the UK). The UK guardian must:
- reside in the UK
- be over the age of 18
- be able to speak English
- be familiar with the culture
- be available and contactable at all times in case of an emergency
- have a UK postal address and telephone number
- take responsibility for you during holiday periods unless you have made other arrangements
For students aged under 18 years, AEGIS can supply a UK-based guardian if the parent or legal guardian is unable to identify an individual to take up this role. Kaplan International Pathways works in partnership with College Guardians, an established guardian service for overseas parents.
Parental Agreement Letter
If you are under the age of 18 when you start your studies, and on a full-time course, your parent or legal guardian must complete a Parental Agreement Letter (PAL). A student under the age of 18 cannot register with the University until this has been completed and returned by their parent or legal guardian. The Parental Agreement Letter (PAL) sets out the responsibilities of the UK guardian.
Approximately a quarter of students on our Foundation Pathways course are under the age of 18. This means the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) has a special duty of care and sets clear expectations to promote a safe and positive learning environment.
Our expectations are communicated to students aged under 18 years in a welcome event at the start of the academic course and during 1-1 meetings with the wellbeing team.
Joining details for the Welcome event are sent to students as part of the pre-arrival communications, which you will receive before the start of the course. You can read more about the welcome event on this page under the header 'Welcome and Onboarding Event'.
You can read the University’s policy Safeguarding Children and Young People. Our duty of care to under 18s and the safeguarding procedures are set out in a BIA Safeguarding Statement. This statement is in line with the University Safeguarding Policy.
The University and Safeguarding Children and Young People
UK Law and University rules and regulations for students under the age of 18
While at the University, your child will be subject to English law and to the rules and regulations of both the University and the Guild of Students. Many of these rules will be explained to your child during their welcome and induction period at the University but you should be aware of the following:
Disclosure of information
The University is prohibited, under the 1998 Data Protection Act, from disclosing information about a student's academic or personal progress to parents or other third parties without consent including a UK Guardian.
However we will ensure that we are able to contact a student's parent/UK Guardian in the following circumstances until the age of 18:
- if the University has reasonable concerns about a student's whereabouts, wellbeing or behaviour or that the risks posed warrant sharing this information.
- if a student is admitted to hospital, in which case the student's parent/guardian agrees to the University providing the hospital with their contact details so that they may contact them directly.
- in an emergency.
- When a minor turns 16 years of age, they are able to give consent for most medical or dental treatment without a parent’s knowledge. Treatment will remain confidential.
- Where a minor is unable to consent in the event of a medical emergency and it is not possible to contact the child's parent or UK Guardian, the University can authorise emergency medical treatment.
- There are a number of venues both on and off the University campus where it is possible to purchase alcohol. Please note that it is illegal for someone under the age of 18 to try to buy alcohol or to be sold alcohol or to consume alcohol in relevant premises.
- If your child is planning to be absent from their University accommodation, for example at weekends or during vacations, they will be requested to notify their University accommodation. They will be required to indicate their whereabouts and the date of their return.
- Your child will have access to the University computer network and will be subject to the University’s General Conditions of Use of Computing and Network Facilities which explains the appropriate and lawful use of computer facilities.
University's General Conditions of Use of Computing and Network Facilities