Terms & Conditions
All enrolments onto our educational courses are subject to the following Terms & Conditions, which become legally binding on acceptance of a course place by the payment of a deposit (outlined below). Before you submit your application form online, please read these conditions carefully.
1.1 These Terms & Conditions (“Terms”) set out the contract between Forte Academy Ltd (“Forte Academy”, “we” or “us”) and the person responsible for paying the course fees (“Client” or “you”) and the person attending the course (“Student”).
1.2. The following expressions in the Terms have the following meanings:
“Application Form” means the online booking form, which you must complete in order to receive an Offer.
“Course” means the educational course that you apply for and, if successful, that you agree to undertake via payment of a deposit.
“Deposit” means the payment made by you to confirm your place on the Course.
“Balance” means the amount of fees payable after the Deposit has been deducted.
“Offer” means our written offer to give you a place.
“Provisional Itinerary” means a written timetable and outline of content for the Course which is subject to change.
“Services” means the teaching services and related teaching materials or experiences provided in relation to the Course.
“Site” means the pages and the information provided on our website www.forte-academy.co.uk.
2. Applications for Online Courses
2.1 The Application Form (or Enrolment Form) must be completed by the Student and the Client, indicating that they agree to the Terms hereby outlined.
2.2. Whether or not we make you an Offer will be at our discretion and subject to places available.
2.3. If you receive an Offer, you will be invited to make a payment (Deposit) of the course fee to secure your place. This Deposit is fully refundable (minus a 5% handling fee) up to 4 weeks before the course start date. If notice of cancellation is received less than 4 weeks before the course start date, the Deposit is non-refundable.
2.4. Language and experience add-ons will also be payable when class numbers are confirmed between 6 and 4 weeks before the start date. Language and experience add-on payments are non-refundable.
2.5. The Student must be aged 16 or over at the time of the online course and aged 18 or over to participate in the "Ancient Spiced Wine" workshop.
2.6. The Applicant and Client agree to keep their Zoom log-in details for personal single-use only. This will be carefully monitored during the course and any evidence of foul-play will result in termination of access for the Applicant with no reimbursement.
3. Applications for Courses in Italy
3.1 The Application Form must be completed by the Student and the Client, indicating that they agree to the Terms hereby outlined.
3.2. Whether or not we make you an Offer will be at our discretion and subject to places available.
3.3. If you receive an Offer, you will be invited to make a Deposit to secure your place on the Course. This Deposit is non-refundable unless Forte Academy cancels the Course due to reasons outlined in Section 6 below. See also Section 7 outlining our temporary COVID-19 related cancellation policy in place for the academic year 2021-2022 for all courses.
3.4. The Student must be aged 18 or over at the time of travel.
3.5. The Student is responsible for obtaining the required visa that enables their participation in the Course and the rejection of a visa application by the Italian authorities does not affect the application of these terms and conditions.
3.6. The Balance of the course fee is payable no later than 6 weeks before the start date of the course.
4.1. We aim to ensure that our delivery of the Course complies with the Provisional Itinerary provided to the Student and Client and the information given on our Site. However, you agree that the timetable and activities within the Provisional Itinerary and on the Site are subject to change by us, at any time and without prior notice. This is to account for flexibility and the expertise of different lead tutors, who may adapt the itinerary in order to improve the experiences of Students and factor in new opportunities and events as they arise in the host country.
4.2. We are not responsible for the performance of any services provided by people, firms or organisations other than our own tutors.
4.3. For the online course, the time of additional language and experience add-ons may be subject to change depending on tutor availability. We will confirm the time 4 weeks before the start date and notify you of any changes after this.
5.1. Fees are payable in GBP unless otherwise arranged.
5.2. The course fee for Classics Abroad Online 2021 is £110.00 which includes a total of 10 live contact hours divided into 2 hours each day, Monday to Friday. An additional fee is payable for language and experience add-ons at the time of booking.
5.3. The course fee for courses in Italy vary depending on location, dates and the enrolment option selected. The Course Fee for Classics Abroad 2021 in Florence is £750.00. The right is reserved to revise the price at any time, without prior notice, in the event of any change in cost of accommodation or museum and gallery entrance. In the rare event of this happening, you would be notified at least 8 weeks in advance.
5.4. For courses in Italy, the Deposit is deducted from the fees, leaving a Balance, which must be paid no later than 6 weeks before the Course start date or on the balance due date stated in your Registration Pack.
5.5. In the event of non-payment of fees by the required date, Forte Academy reserves the right to cancel the enrolment and make the place available to another student.
6. Cancellation Policy
6.1. In the event that you can no longer attend the Course for any reason, you must contact us by email at email@example.com. For courses in Italy, the Deposit paid to secure your place on the course is non-refundable. If you wish to cancel your place and notify us up to 4 weeks before the Course start date, 50% of the Balance will be refunded (minus a 10% handling fee). Less than 4 weeks before the start, the Balance is non-refundable. For courses online, the course payment (Deposit) is fully refundable up to 4 weeks before the start date (minus a 10% handling fee). After this, the course fee payment is non-refundable.
6.2. Forte Academy reserves the right to cancel any Course. For example, if the minimum number of students (5) is not reached by 6 weeks before the Course start date (which is the Course Confirmation Date) for courses in Italy, or by 3 weeks before the Course start date for online courses. In the event that Forte Academy cancels the Course, the Deposit and remaining Balance of fees will be fully refunded but we have no responsibility for any other costs you may incur as a result of the cancellation.
6.3. If Forte Academy is obliged to cancel the Course due to reasons outside our control, including travel restrictions caused by natural disasters, strikes, terrorist activities and acts of God, no refund will be given. We advise you to take out suitable insurance (see Section 8).
7. Temporary Cancellation Policy (COVID-19)
7.1. This cancellation policy (Section 7) temporarily replaces the usual cancellation clause concerning refunds (6.1.) outlined above. This new cancellation policy will remain in place until the end of 2021. The remaining clauses in Section 6 remain applicable to the Student and Client.
7.2. Online courses. We are flexible with cancellation for online courses, as long as you let us know at least four weeks before the course start date, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then issue you a full refund, minus a 10% handling fee. If you cancel less than four weeks before the course start date, the Course Fee is non-refundable.
7.3. Courses in Italy. If you accept a place on a course in Italy, you agree that it is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements into Italy at your date of entry, depending on your citizenship status and country of departure. This may include evidence of a recent negative Covid-19 test result or the requirement to self-isolate. You should factor this in to your trip and flight dates, in order to be available to attend lessons in Italy on the course start date.
7.4. Forte Academy reserves the right to cancel any Course if the minimum number of confirmed applicants drops due to unexpected circumstances after the Course Confirmation Date. The remaining confirmed applicants will be fully refunded but we have no responsibility for any other costs you may incur as a result of the cancellation.
7.5. If you wish to cancel your place on a course that is still operating in Italy, please email us in the first instance at email@example.com to let us know and to discuss your options. If notice of cancellation is received up to six weeks before the course start date, you will receive a full refund of the Deposit (minus a 10% handling fee). If less than six weeks before the start date, the Deposit is non-refundable in order to cover irrecoverable expenses, site bookings and classroom space that will have been reserved for the confirmed applicant.
7.6. The Balance of your Course Fee will remain fully refundable (minus a 10% handling fee) in the event that unexpected travel restrictions issued by your home country or host country (Italy) prevent your entry into Italy.
8.1 Students are not insured by Forte Academy against medical expenses, loss of personal possessions, cancellation of travel or any other losses.
8.2. Students are expected and required to behave in a reasonable manner at all times. We reserve the right to remove a Student from the Course at our discretion and without prior notice.
8.3. We are not liable for any injury or other loss sustained by the Student and no damage or compensation will be paid.
8.4. All Students attending the Course must have insurance that covers travel, medical costs, cancellation and personal loss at the time of travel.
9. Bursaries and Discounts
9.1. If a Student receives a place on a Course and pays the down payment (Deposit) before an Early Bird Deadline, a reduction of fees will be applied. For Classics Abroad 2021 Online, the Early Bird Deadline is Monday 17th May at 18:00 BST and the Course Fee is £99.00. For Classics Abroad 2021 in Florence, the Early Bird Deadline is Monday 17th May at 18:00 BST and the Course Fee is £700.00.
9.2. Forte Academy offers annual bursaries (in the form of a reduction in Fees) for teachers, current and former students at non-selective state schools in the UK to help offset the cost of attending a course online or in Italy. These bursaries will be advertised on our website, social media and on the Classics Library. Year 13 students should approach their Head of Classics or Sixth Form to act as a referee in applications for bursaries.