Information for parents/guardians of students under 18
Excel College welcomes students from all over the world. While most of our students are adults, we also accept students aged 16 and 17 on all our courses.
The College does not provide 24-hour supervision. Students aged 16 and 17 will study in classes with adults, and will stay with homestay hosts, unless we have written confirmation from the parents/guardians of alternative arrangements. There may be other students, possibly adults, in the homestay.
- We strongly advise parents to book our airport transfer service. All students under 18 must bring a completed parental travel consent form with them to the UK.
- Your child will usually need to use public transport to get to and from College. Their host will show them how to reach the College on their first day. Please make sure your child has money for public transport. Manchester has got bike routes. If your child wishes to travel by bicycle, please contact us and we will provide some information about the safest ways to travel by bike and the safety equipment (e.g. helmet).
Food and drinks
- Excel College does not have a café or restaurant; your child will have to provide their own lunch. Please make sure that your child has money for food and drinks.
- There are lots of shops and places to eat near the College, on their first day we will show your child some good places to get food. There are snacks and bottled water available to buy at reception.
- Your child’s homestay host will provide breakfast and evening meals.
- Under 18s must attend every lesson and must be on time.
- Under 18s cannot take holidays or days off without parental consent.
- If your child is absent from College we will try to contact them. If we cannot contact them, we will try to contact the parents/guardians and, if necessary, inform the Police.
- After class your child is very welcome to join the school’s social activities, relax in the common areas, or use our IT/self-study room.
- Your child will not be supervised during their free time, that is between the end of their lesson and returning to their homestay. The College will give advice on how to stay safe during these times.
- Excel College provides a variety of optional social activities. These are a good way for your child to socialise, to experience Manchester and to practise their English.
- Not all social activities are suitable for under 18s, but we will make sure that there are a variety of activities available for your child during their stay.
- All social activities are supervised, but your child will have to make their own way home after the activity. We recommend getting a taxi if the activity finishes in the evening.
- Social activities are not included in the course fees.
Evenings and weekends
Your child’s homestay host will provide dinner every evening. 16 or 17 year olds must be back at their homestay by 22.00 Sunday to Thursday, or by 23.00 Friday and Saturday.
Some social activities take place at the weekend but at all other times your child will be unsupervised. The College suggests local events and activities for students to enjoy at the weekend.
Care and Support
Excel College is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for all students, and particularly for under 18s.
Your child will receive an induction on their first day, which includes a tour of the local area and advice on staying safe in the College and in Manchester. They will have regular welfare meetings with the student services team and regular tutorials with their teacher.
The College has a safeguarding policy and all staff have received appropriate safeguarding training.
If your child needs any help while they are at Excel College, they should come and speak to us. They can speak to the Admissions and Student Services Manager, the Academic Manager, the Accommodation Officer, their teacher or their homestay host.
Important phone numbers:
Excel College reception: 0161 2365551
Excel College 24-hour emergency number: 07882 974490
Good safety tips for your child:
Keep emergency numbers saved to your phone. Make sure your mobile is charged before you go out.
Don’t carry a lot of cash on you.
If you’re going out alone in the evening, let a friend know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Don’t walk alone at night and check what the safest way is. If you can, try to travel with friends.
Keep important documents and your passport locked in a safe in your room.