The College is considering how it can facilitate a safe working environment primarily in preparation for the new academic year. Opening of the College from June will be gradual and initially for returning students where appropriate and necessary.
Please continue to follow Government advice, stay safe and check for further announcements. The College will also be contacting students and applicants directly over the next few weeks.
We are looking forward to seeing current and new students in person at the earliest possible opportunity and the admissions team are working to ensure all applications for September are processed as normal.
We urge current students to access self-learning through the Moodle platform and to continue communication with tutors remotely to ensure that disruption to learning is minimised.
We will update the FAQs on this page and we ask you to keep checking them regularly to receive further updates.
Throughout the closure period our Caring Services & Safeguarding Team will be available to provide support and information.
Please do not hesitate to make contact with the team as, despite the College closing physically, we continue to have a duty of care for all of our learners and we will be contactable.
How will my studies be impacted by coronavirus?
In line with current Government instructions we have closed the College to students. Your teachers have developed and are continuing to develop contingencies that will enable you to carry on your studies at home, via Moodle and email, to try and cause minimal disruption. This is a fast-developing situation, so we are advising learners to keep calm and not worry about the impact on their studies at this stage.
What is going to happen to my exams?
The Government have instructed that all exams in May and June are now cancelled. Any exams scheduled from Monday 23rd March are also cancelled as a result of the instruction for us to close all of our buildings on all campuses from this date.
Will I still achieve my qualifications?
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State have said that no student will be disadvantaged by the decision for exams to be cancelled. We are closely monitoring guidance shared with us from all of the awarding bodies we work with, to ensure students achieve the qualifications they have been working hard on this year. We will update you in due course as and when further guidance becomes available.
Awarding body Ofqual have released the following video detailing current plans for GCSEs:
Ofqual consultation on awarding vocational and technical qualifications in summer 2020
This Consultation closed on Friday 8th May and we expect to hear from the Awarding Organisations over the next few weeks. As soon as we know we will advise all of our students if we can award a grade based on evidence we have already or whether you will need to return and carry out an assessment.
We urge you in the meantime to continue to complete the assessments set by your tutors and ensure you are up to date with all of your assessments. Your tutor can support you if you are unsure about this or have any concerns – please contact them through Moodle, email or Microsoft Teams.
What should I do regarding my work placement?
Please find information regarding what to do if your work placement has been or will be affected on the Student Hub:
Can I still apply for a course?
Yes. Our admissions team will be processing applications as normal during the closure period. Please apply online by using the ‘Course Search’ function on the website homepage, selecting your chosen course and clicking ‘Apply Now’.
I’ve already submitted an application – what will happen next?
Don’t worry. The admissions team will be processing your application as normal during the closure period. You will be contacted shortly with details of next steps.
How can parents/carers support their son/daughter/ward in their studies?
Working from home is obviously different to being in College, where the learning is more structured, with clear timetables and the opportunity to socialise, experience learning together and have face-to-face contact with tutors. Tutors have ensured learning resources and tasks are available on Moodle and your son/daughter/ward is able to access lessons, resources and their tutors via College email and/or Teams.
You can be a big help to your son/daughter/ward in these unprecedented times. The link below provides useful tips on studying from home. You may wish to discuss this with them to ensure they are best equipped to study. It will also help to ask them how their home study is progressing and talk through what they have learned today.
….And maybe a little encouragement if you sense that they are disengaged or distracted from their learning.
More FAQs for employers and apprentices:
As you will appreciate this is a very fluid situation nationally and internationally, and we are very grateful for your support and understanding.
Our request remains that everyone should follow the advice given by the Government and Public Health England, which may be found by following the links provided. The Government has announced significant changes in health advice. The key one of these regards whether you or anybody in your household develops or have recently developed:
- a new continuous cough and/or;
- a high temperature.
If one member of a multi-occupancy household develops these symptoms everybody in that household must isolate for 14 days. For single-occupancy households the isolation period remains 7 days.
Information continues to be updated on a daily basis, and whilst we will attempt to provide regular updates, you can use the links below to access up-to-date information.
Department of Education (DfE) Helpline and Government Advice
DfE has launched a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) helpline for staff, parents and students. You can contact the helpline by telephone and email:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
The Government will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and take further action as needed. You can find the latest information and advice on COVID-19 and the latest guidance for educational settings on the GOV.UK website.
Staff Working From Home
Staff can find all the necessary links and instructions regarding working from home on the website’s ‘Intranet’ page.