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UK Colleges

Now, I'm aware of the guidelines regarding anywhere that's regarded as K12 or primarily for under 18s, such as primary schools, nurseries, scout huts, and so on.

I was wondering where UK colleges would fall, as many offer courses for people over the age of 18, and as with the only college that operates in my area, they might have more adult learners than students that fall in 16-19 year old age range.

How should we rate for nominations on college premises that have a mixture of under 18s and over 18s on the premises? And at what ratio of K12/adult learners should a UK college not be considered a K12 location?

(With that last question, it appears that based on an Ofsted report from 2016, the college in my area had a ration of 61.5% adult learners to 38.5% 16-19s, so I'm curious if that would still be deemed K12)

Answers

  • Senmana-INGSenmana-ING Posts: 129 ✭✭✭

    If it's a mixed use college and not just aimed at 16-19 year olds (eg. a sixth form) then I'd see it as acceptable. Adult learners would be interacting with and socialising with 16+ anyway. They'll already be sharing classes, dining rooms, grounds and facilities. It's an area where adults are expected to be.

  • Faversham71-INGFaversham71-ING Posts: 306 ✭✭✭✭

    It's a tricky one - Community Colleges in the US which also take pre-18s are accepted. Further Education Colleges in the UK vary so much, and that 16-19 figure will based on my experience in the sector be a good third 18+ . Locally those in my part of the UK have been accepted, but they've got a slightly higher percentage of adult learners. Sixth Form Colleges are predominantly 16-18 and I reject those, but I think FE Colleges are closer to the US Community Colleges. If you go down the line of no pre-18s most UK universities would be excluded, as the vast majority will take a small number of 17 year olds (some like Oxford and Cambridge even younger).

  • YouLostAStar-INGYouLostAStar-ING Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭✭

    in regards to normal universities the ratio of adults to k12 age would be very heavily in favour of adults. In this case it’s a bit more adults than k12 age so I’m not sure I should reject but I also wouldn’t be comfortable accepting this as a wayspot. It’s a difficult question, where do we draw the line on this 🤔

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