Eaton Business School Policies

POLICIES

The School believes that a diverse student population contributes to a challenging and stimulating learning environment. We therefore welcome applications from all candidates with the potential to succeed, whatever their background. We are committed to equality of opportunity and aim to avoid unfair discrimination on any grounds, including disability, gender, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

2. General Requirements

  1. The school normally requires candidates to have pursued a broadly based course of study, with at least three passes at GCE O Level (or equivalent). It is important for candidates to ensure that they will be able to meet the full subject requirements for their chosen course, as set out in the Prospectus / course information sheets.
  2. The course sheets/prospectus set out detailed entry requirements, and gives an indication of the typical offer level for each course, although these may be varied in individual cases. It is important to note that having achieved or being predicted to achieve the specified grades does not guarantee an offer of a place.  Each application is considered on its merits and in competition with others. The Academy selects candidates taking into account the personal statement and academic reference as well as grade-based information.   The Prospectus is prepared more than 18 months prior to entry to a degree programme. Whilst every effort is made to ensure its accuracy, some changes in the subsequent period are inevitable. Up-to-date advice is available from the Admissions Department.
  3. In exceptional circumstances candidates may be considered for exemption from part of a degree on the basis of previous studies. For most degrees, exemption for more than one year of study is not possible. This is dependent on the rules of the awarding body.
  4. The school welcomes applications from mature students (aged over 21 on 1st September in the year of admission). There are no set entry requirements for mature applicants although evidence of recent academic study is likely to be an advantage (see point 14).  For advice on admission to specific programmes please contact the Admissions Office.
  5. Applications from students with disabilities are considered on the same academic grounds as all other applicants. Applicants are invited to disclose their disability at the point of application. Applicants can obtain advice concerning the suitability of the campus, the programme, equipment and/or support available from the school’s Student Welfare Officer.
  6. Information regarding disability is sensitive personal data and is subject to the Data Protection Act.  The Eaton Business School will share disability related admissions information only amongst relevant admissions and disability staff.  Applicants may speak to the Student Welfare Officer in confidence if they prefer.
  7. As the School gives equal academic consideration to all applications received by published deadlines, it may be some time before a decision can be made on an application. Up to date information on an application can be obtained from the Admissions Office at any time and the team will notify applicants, of the outcome of their applications within five working days of a decision having been made.  The school may at its discretion also consider applications made after the deadline date. Any applicant may be asked to attend an interview and/ or submit additional application materials.
  8. All applications must be made on an application form, accompanied by academic documents, references, proof of English and a copy of the bank statement (this is before the CAS letter is issued) to ensure that the applicant has a successful chance of securing a visa.

3. International & EU Applications

  1. Applicants with non-UK qualifications are welcome provided that the school considers their qualifications equivalent to GCE O or A level requirements. Details on qualification equivalencies can be found at: www.naric.org/requirements
  2. All applicants whose first language is not English must meet the School’s English language requirements. The school accepts a range of English language qualifications to satisfy the minimum level of competence required. For further details please refer to info@ebsedu.org
  3. GCSE’s and GCE A level qualifications with pass marks were considered sufficient evidence of English. If someone has studied a British qualification overseas currently there was no need for additional English. Otherwise all students need to have a SELT’S test – which is an external English test recognised by the visa issuing authorities’ the UK Border Agency at the appropriate level on the Common European Framework. Please refer to the SELT guidance document for further information. For Level 5 and 4 courses applicants should have achieved a B1 grade. For levels 6 and higher the grade should be at minimum B2.
  4. For candidates offering GCE O levels, the school requires FIVE subjects to be passed at GCE O level. The school does not impose a penalty on applicants retaking courses.
  5. The school recognizes as meeting its entry requirements a wide variety of qualifications other than GCE O Levels.
  6. The school offers a two stage admission policy, where firstly an offer is issued requesting the first year tuition fee to be paid.

4. Access courses

Mature applicants who have been out of education for some time will often find an Access course a useful preparation for degree level study.  The school recognizes Access courses which are kite-marked for entry to Higher Education.

5. Validity of offers

All offers of admission to pursue a programme of study as a student of the school are made by the Academic Registrar or an authorised deputy.  All offers will have an offer valid until date. The offer is simply a letter stating that we have given an offer and to secure the place the first year tuition fee should be paid in full. It may state conditions required to be met. If a payment is made we will issue an acceptance letter which is used to apply for a visa. The payment must be made within the offer valid until date on the offer letter.

After a course has been paid for we will issue an acceptance letter and visa letter. The CAS letter will also be issued stating the course fee, the course duration, and the documentation used to give CAS letter.

6. Unsuccessful applications

  1. The school reserves the right to reject applications to study at the Academy on academic grounds or if places are no longer available, and to give no reasons to such applicants save at its own discretion.
  2. If a candidate has any questions or needs clarification regarding the school’s Policy on Admissions, he or she is welcome to contact the Admissions Office, at Glass House, 5, moor Street, DY5 3 EP Brierley Hill. UK
  3. Notes for Admissions Officers: The admission procedures change regularly to reflect better practices and to incorporate new information from UKVI. It is a UKVI requirement to justify our decision to have accepted an application based on:
    • Applications form must be fully filled in, detailing full student details, next of kin, and personal statement. The correct version of the form should be checked to ensure current Terms & Conditions have been accepted. All original academic qualifications must be attached. If they are not, either a trusted agent must have signed them to confirm viewing the original, or  EBS will visit the country and see the student and provide all letters whilst there. All original documents will be sent back to agent or direct to student by courier with acceptance letters.  EBS will only accept students on academic ability.
      Situation Outcome
      Student has IELTS or other appropriate language qualification and has met the minimum scores required+ has sent original academic qualifications either via the agent or direct. Admission authorised
      Student has sent original qualifications but the results are poor Admission not authorised
      Student has a good academic history, and has provided acceptable evidence of English BUT there are inconsistencies in education and or big gaps Admission can only be authorised after interviewing through Skype. Must be satisfied that the student is the real one so we must have their passport and photograph with us in advance.
      Student has a good academic history but does not have required English level from an external source Admission cannot be granted because visa application will be refused
  • Application forms should be accompanied with all academic documents including proof of English as accepted by the UKVI
  • Anyone applying from a country where English is not taught must be able to prove the level of English as at level B1 minimum for studies at level 4, 5 on NQF and B2 for higher qualifications. This can be proven by taking an approved test by the UKVI including British Council placement Test and IELTS. In some countries such as Guinea it may not be possible for this due to an absence of British council and Embassy, in this case student may have to visit a neighbouring country to take the test or alternatively come to the UK as a student visitor and attend a programme of English before returning to their country to apply as a general student.
  • In certain countries it is possible that we may visit to complete the admission.
  • Where an applicant is applying on the basis of work experience the relevant work experience forms, CV and references should be supplied. If more information is needed the school will email the agent or the student directly requesting this information.
  • Once all the information is in place, an offer letter is prepared. Normally offer letters are only sent by email due to the poor postal services in many countries and because of cost issues as at this time we have not taken any payment from the applicant. If an applicant has applied through an agent the offer letter should be sent to the agent and if they have applied directly then it should go directly to them.
  • The offer letter contains the following information: course, course start date, duration, cost of course, fees required in advance. Any additional comments required including information on further documentation or language. If a student is required to attend an English course before attending their main programme and if they are required to achieve a certain grade then they must be told on the offer letter. So that they can make an informed choice on whether to accept the offer. The offer letter must also have an offer valid until date.
  • When a student does not respond to the offer letter it is assumed that they do not wish to take it up and at the end of the semester in which they applied, their file will be discarded and the agent (if applied through one) will be informed.
  • If the tuition fee is paid then acceptance letters are issued. You can check a payment has been issued by checking notes on database or the excel payment file document which details who has paid what and when.
  • The acceptance letters consist of 4 letters, acceptance, statement of course, expenses, accommodation letters. Acceptance letters must not have conditions on them otherwise visa students will not be allowed entry by UKVI.  The CAS letter must contain all the information as set out in the template.  The CAS number is the most important thing that is to be submitted to applicants who in turn fill this number on their application forms. The Visa officers will be able to log in and see all the information related to that applicant.
  • Acceptance letters are emailed to agents and also couriered. For direct students it is normally only couriered but if they wish to receive a scanned copy we can arrange this.
  • If a student successfully receives a visa then on arrival they are required to sign enrolment contracts and original copies of passports and academic documents checked and copies taken and  where relevant these should be signed and stamped.
  • If a student is refused a visa, we currently require the original visa refusal letter, original acceptance letters, and a cover letter requesting the account details and contact details of where to refund to. Refunds can take up to 12 weeks.
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