Under 18s

The ELC does not consider its courses appropriate for people under 17 years of age.  In view of the adult academic nature of the courses we provide, we consider an ideal enrolment age to be 18 years or above.  However, the ELC permits students under the age of 18 to:

  • enrol as an individual applicant on its Activate English or Pre-sessional courses;
  • enrol  as part of a commercial (closed) group of students;
  • take the IELTS test at the University of Liverpool IELTS Centre based in the ELC.

We do not accept under 17s on our courses, unless as part of a specially arranged group. 

At the English Language Centre we take the safety and wellbeing of all our students very seriously and realise that this is especially important in the case of younger students.  For this reason, if you are under 18 years of age and you would like to apply for one of our courses, the following special requirements will apply to you:

  • You will need to show us that there is an adult in the UK who is happy to take responsibility for you until you turn 18.  This can either be a professional guardian or a family member or family friend.  We ask you to tell us about the arrangements you have made by filling in the Guardianship Declaration Form and sending it to acteng@liverpool.ac.uk once you have applied.
  • You will need to arrange to live with a responsible adult.  This can be either in home stay accommodation with a British family or with a family member or family friend.  The arrangements you have made will need to be approved.  Please tell us about the arrangements you have made by filling in the Accommodation Declaration Form and sending it to acteng@liverpool.ac.uk once you have applied.

Before you apply you should read this document carefully and show it to your parents or guardians: Safeguarding Procedures.

Under 18s at the English Language Centre are given an extra service which includes weekly dedicated under 18s drop-ins with the Social and Welfare Officer.

They are also given an information booklet called ‘Being under 18 at the English Language Centre’ upon their arrival, which contains practical information about keeping safe and laws in the UK.