Information for prospective learners
We are pleased that you are interested in becoming a student at the Altamira Training Academy (ATA). On campus and off, our students and faculty are deeply engaged with practitioners in the field and with communities at home and abroad, addressing vital issues and making discoveries that can change the world. The ATA is an independent coeducational institution for local and international students. The Academy is a destination point for students from different social and ethnic backgrounds.
Our commitment is in helping pupils to build success into their lives through our experience by offering tuition of the highest standard by professional staff. Altamira Training Academy is dedicated to preparing its students to meet today’s national and international skill set requirements. ATA has been founded with a vision to become a centre for students from all over the world.
The Academy with its connections to British educational institutions provides a wide range of training programmes which seeks to develop in students both analytical and practical thinking of business, and different professional disciplines. Its ultimate goal is to pave the way of all who want to pursue higher qualifications.
Office Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Term dates: Term dates vary between programmes. Academic calendar related to your programme will be displayed on the notice boards located on the ground floor near the reception area, on the second floor.
New students are expected to enroll for their courses at the beginning of each academic term. If you do not complete enrolment, you will not be permitted to attend classes or access either the library or computer labs. You can enroll at the Academy and student counselors will assist you. You must complete the application form to enroll in the programme.
Your application form and fees statement must be signed, dated and returned to the office in person, no later than the course commencement date.
All courses are subject to a minimum enrolment of at least twenty students, failing which the course may be canceled or postponed until this requirement has been met. In case your course is canceled for this or any other reason, you will be required to register on another course.
Existing students are required to register for their intended modules/units at the beginning of each semester. Unless you register, you will not be permitted to attend classes.
Completing the Application Form
You must complete all the relevant sections of the application form and submit us with all the supporting documents specified in the form. Otherwise, this might result in a delay in processing your application.
Registration with awarding bodies
All new students are required to formally register with their respective awarding body. Please remember registering with the Academy does not mean automatic registration with awarding bodies. It is your responsibility to register with the awarding body. However, student counselors can help you to register with the awarding body. As soon as you register with the awarding body, you must supply a copy of your registration document to the Academy.
Withdrawal from the Course
If for any reason you decide to withdraw from your programme of study, you must notify the Academy in writing. Written notification must be sent to the Principal and/or Programme Leader four weeks before the start of the term. In the case of international students, the deposited tuition fee is non-refundable and non-transferable in all cases. For home students, we refund half of the tuition fee if the request for a refund reaches the Office four weeks before commencement of the programme of study.
Exemption from Modules/Units
Students who are enrolled for an external programme, their exemption is subject to the terms of the relevant awarding bodies.
Course Change Policy
If you wish to change the course for which you have originally enrolled for, you may only change your course up to two weeks after the starts of the semester. You must submit a written application to the Programme Leader or to the Principal to request permission for changing your course, in which you must indicate your reasons for wishing to do so. You may only change your course once such permission has been granted.
If you do not enroll within two weeks of your course starting date, your admission may automatically be transferred to the following semester and you will be charged a fee of 100 pounds sterling for late enrolment. However, Academy may refuse to transfer you to the next semester.
Academy Regulations for Payment of Fees
- A student is not regarded as enrolled at the Academy unless the Academy requirements for the payment of fees have been met.
- Enrolment means acceptance by the student of the Academy terms and conditions for payment of fees. However, please note, you may have to pay additional fees to your awarding bodies in relation to registration and examination.
We expect you to pay your full tuition fees for each year. However, if you decide to pay in installments, you must complete the fee statement. Your course counselor will help you to complete the fee statement. You must ensure that you pay the outstanding fees on time, please note the Academy may not send any reminder. Unless you pay your outstanding fees, the Academy reserves the right to stop providing you with all academic and administrative facilities/services.
Paying your fees by Cheque, Cash, Account Transfer
All cheques should be made payable to the Altamira Art and Design Training Academy. Please write your name, programme of study and student registration number on the back of the cheque. If your cheque is dishonored, you may be charged a £50-00 penalty in addition to your agreed fees. You will be given a receipt for any payment to the Academy.
Cash payments can only be made in person at the cashier’s office. You will be given a receipt for any payment made.
ATA provides a full range of support services for students. On initial registration at ATA, our student Counsellors and Advisors will arrange the following:
List of ATA Services:
Accommodation – when you advised the Academy on initial application of your need for accommodation, this will be provided as appropriate. You are responsible for paying rent directly to your landlord.
Student identity card for both ATA provided on the registration
English Study Support – The Academy provides blended English language and academic support for students to develop language skills essential to succeed in their programmes.
Personal Tutor – All students will be allocated a named personal tutor at the beginning of the programme (within three weeks). Your Personal Tutor is a member of academic staff from the Academy to whom you may turn with queries relating to the academic side of the programme. The Personal Tutor will also act as a professional mentor to guide, help and support you.
Library Facilities – The Academy library will carry core and recommended books for each module, relevant articles, journals, and periodicals. Students are allowed to borrow two books for up to one week. The Academy also helps students become a member of other excellent libraries in London.
All London boroughs have a public lending library – on request, you will be provided with the necessary covering letter to enable you to become a member.
The City of London has extensive specialist libraries, and the British Library is located in London (Kings Cross) for which you can register.
Student Welfare and Support – The Academy Student Welfare Officer offers a range of services, support, and advice in key areas, which includes accommodation services, bank account opening, visa extension and counseling, airport pickup, reference letters for work, and general assessment queries. Please do not hesitate to approach the Administration team, and they will make sure that where possible your needs are taken care of.
Computer and Information Technology – The Academy has an adequate number of high-end multimedia personal computers dedicated to teaching and learning used by the students. There are computing facilities in both academic buildings of the Academy and these are available for student use to assist with assignment and dissertation work, subject to availability and compliance with the appropriate health and safety requirements. Please ask the Academy Office for further details.
Other resources- ATA makes use of its intranet to facilitate information exchange between the tutors and the students.