Guidance on Coronavirus
Our response to the demands of the Covid 19 outbreak.
The safety and welfare of our students, staff and wider community is our number one priority. We are thrilled to have staff and students back on campus - a wide range of new safety measures have been implements to make sure we maintain a Covid Safe environment where ever it is possible.
Here you find information about the measures we have put in place. Please be aware that these are our initial arrangements and we will be constantly reviewing and adapting to maintain the safest campus possible.
Please read our Covid Safe Induction Brief so you are aware of the measures we have put in place that everyone should follow on campus and when travelling to the college. Measures include:
- One way system around the buildings to support social distancing. Clear way finding and advice signage is displayed around the campus.
- Blended teaching models to deliver hands on practical experience and theory based learning. A blend of face-to-face contact and digital delivery will ensure consistent, quality teaching and learning
- Cashless campus
- Track and trace
- Covid safe accommodation provision
What happens if I don't get the results that I was expecting?
We are 100% committed to making sure that no student is disadvantaged as a result of this challenging period.
If you need support to work out what your next step should be, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We offer a wide range of courses, in different subjects and at different levels. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to provide the advice and guidance they need.
University level students:
We know that the issues regarding A Level results have caused distress for lots of students, but it's not too late to get advice and guidance from us.
We have a limited number of places available on our degree programmes via Clearing. Find the course for you and contact us regarding availability. We have a range of university level programmes, from HNCs to masters, which means if your grades are increased we can look at altering your programme either at the time or in your second year if you are performing strongly.
College level students:
We have a programme for everyone, so please don't worry if your GCSE grades are not what you were hoping for.
Students that achieveda GCSE Grade 3 or below in English and / or Maths will be encouraged to re-sit these in the Summer 2021 exam series. This will allow sufficient time for you to develop your knowledge and ability in these subjects, which can be studied alongside your chosen college course.
However, if you achieve a Grade 3 or below and would like to re-sit in the Autumn 2020 exam series, we encourage you to do so at your previous school or college. We cannot guarantee that any reasonable adjustment requests (as agreed with their previous school) can be in place to support an Autumn re-sit. The deadline for this request is 24th September 2020.
It's not too late if you've had a change of heart either. If you've already applied to the college, get in touch to discuss changing your course. If you haven't applied yet, find the course for you and apply online now.
How will my lessons and lectures be delivered?
Due to government guidance the delivery of classes in the early stages of the year may be a little different. The practical element of the course will be unchanged with students able to participate, within guidelines, in those activities that develop a range of skills, many of which are valued by employers.
The college is well known for providing high level practical vocational skills in a realistic work environment. Consequently, we have chosen to continue to do this as normally as possible. To allow this to happen and to comply with government guidance, some theory sessions will initially be delivered online. Online learning will still be supported by academic staff and teaching, support and guidance for all students will continue to be at the heart of all we do. Employing a mix of face-to-face teaching and remote delivery allows us to keep social distancing in place and ensure a consistent and adaptable delivery.
We would like to give our assurance, that digital learning will be supervised and interactive. Students can access digital delivery on-site in designated spaces or from home to fulfil this work. Clear communication channels are in place so that students can get the support they need whether on site or working from home. have and will have the advantage of staff support and supervision in a purpose-built learning environment.
The College has extensive IT facilities across our sites, so no student will be disadvantaged in any way. All students will be assessed at the start of the term to see if they require additional support - this will also be provided at College.
We know employers increasingly value digital skills and clearly, they are the future. The College has therefore taken the decision to view the recent changes that the Covid outbreak have demanded, as an opportunity for our students to accelerate digital skill development.
It is our intention to review how we continue to deliver theory sessions after the Autumn half term and, of course, the College will communicate plans as they develop.
Teaching for college level students from September:
Teaching will take place on campus 2 days per week, with 1 day per week being remote/online. The remote learning day, which will still be supported our staff may include online lectures, group work or 1:1 tutorials. For this, students will need access to a mobile phone/laptop/tablet/computer with internet access. If you have any concerns about, please talk to your course tutor during induction week so that support can be made available.
Teaching for university level students from September:
Please download our Blended Learning Model to read full details about our teaching delivery plans from September 2020 for university level programmes.
How will I enrol?
In order to maintain a safe environment, most students will need to enrol online this year. Invitations are currently being prepared and sent out in the post and via email. This will provide clear instruction about how and when you can enrol online.
For those who are not eligible to enrol online, you will need to contact the College to make an appointment to come on to campus. This will be clearly explained in the invitation letter.
Telephone support will be available for all students who enrol online, should it be necessary.
College level student enrolment dates:
|Type of student||Online enrolment opens (from)|
|16 - 19 year old Level 3 continuing students||Thursday 13th August|
|16 - 19 year old new students (including 16 - 24 year olds with an EHCP)||Thursday 20th August|
|19+ students||Not eligible to enrol online appointments can be made to enrol on campus from Thursday 20th August|
University level student enrolment dates:
|Type of student||Online enrolment opens (from)|
|New students||Thursday 13th August|
|Continuing students||Monday 24th August|
If you have any questions regarding enrolment, please get in touch.
When will induction be? / When will I receive my full timetable?
College level students:
Induction sessions will take place the week commencing 7th September. The days that you are expected to be on campus for your induction sessions will be the same as your normal timetable. This will be sent to you via post after you have enrolled.
At induction, students will receive their ID badge, a copy of their Learner Agreement and details about how to access your college email account, including your username and password.
University level students:
Induction sessions will take place the week commencing 14th September. Details will be included on your course page on our online enrolment website. At this point, you will receive your full timetable.
I haven't applied to study at the College yet. Is it too late?
No, there still time to apply! Find the course for you and follow the instructions on how to apply.
If you wish to study a full-time undergraduate programme (inc. foundation degrees, bachelor's degrees and HNCs), you are eligible to apply through clearing using the UCAS site until 20th October 2020 if:
- You don’t hold an offer
- You didn’t meet the conditions of any offers you accepted
- You declined / withdrew from a ‘firm’ place that you had previously accepted by clicking the ‘decline my place’ button in Track
Before applying, please give us call on 01964 553000 to discuss availability on your chosen course. We'll need your UCAS ID (not your clearing number) and will advise on the course code you should use.
Is there anything I can do whilst waiting to start my course?
We want to make the next stage in your future as easy and as smooth as possible, whether your coming to us straight from leaving school or after a break in education. That’s why we've developed our Stepping Forward transition to college support programme.
If you've accepted a place on a college level course with us, you'll find the documents here.
Will I be able to use College transport?
If you are on a full-time college level course, you will be able to access our free transport network as usual. When you enrol, you will select which bus route you would like to use.
University level students can also use our buses by purchasing tokens from our online shop for £2.50 each. These cover you for one journey on any of our bus routes - just show your receipt to the driver.
Bus routes for buses currently remain the same, but may be subject to some minor changes dependant on numbers using the buses and social distancing guidelines. The buses will operate at normal capacity, but we will review this and put any relevant measures in place.
Bus times are provided by the respective bus companies and are subject to change. Bus times are approximate so please be at the bus stop early. We accept no responsibility for any change to the service or reliability of the service.
If you can get to College by another means for example by cycling or a lift from parents, these options should be considered.
If you use the College buses, or any public transport, you must follow current government guidance. We request that face coverings (no scarves) are worn on transport at all times, unless you are medically exempt. If you are medically exempt, we ask that you please wear a badge or lanyard showing this. You will be required to provide this.
College buses will be steam cleaned every night, with handles and key areas wiped down by the driver after use.
Students should not sit immediately behind the driver. Where possible, please sit at least one seat apart from any other passengers.
We ask that, as a minimum, hands are sanitised upon arrival at the college. Hand sanitiser and spare face masks will be available at the bus terminal, along with bins for any face coverings that cannot be re-used.
Please note that some of our routes are operated by external companies, who may enforce additional requirements.
When will I be able to move into the student accommodation on-site?
Our accommodation will open on the following dates.
- New college level students: Sunday 6th September
- Returning college level students: Tuesday 8th September
- University level students: Sunday 13th September
You will receive a letter from our accommodation team with further details and timings.
We have taken many steps to ensure that the safety of our students, visitors and staff is our top priority. As it stands, we plan on restricting the number of people accompanying students into buildings when attending the Residential Welcome Event. Each student will be permitted to bring one other person to assist them. Ideally, this should be their next-of-kin. Students are welcome to bring other members in their group, but they will not be permitted into buildings in order that we can safely accommodate our new students.
When on campus, please adhere to the social distancing requirements. Signage will assist you as will the staff on site.
Please be patient – the additional precautions we have put in place may result in longer delays in processing your arrival.
We look forward to welcoming you!
What new measures have been put in place in student accommodation?
In addition to our high-quality student care, we will be introducing new measures in our halls of residence from September. These include:
- An in-depth student residential induction which also includes directions to students on the prevention of Covid-19. All residential students will be expected to maintain a clean and tidy bedroom and for those who are in standard accommodation, specific guidance on using these facilities.
- The provision of additional cleaning regimes in halls of residence, particularly in communal areas.
- All students will have easy access to hand sanitisers and cleaning products and guidance on how to use these.
- Students will be instructed to not enter any other hall other than the one they live in.
- All the above aspects are under constant review in line with government guidance and may alter as the academic year progresses.
- Students will be expected to report to staff immediately, any changes to their health or any concerns relating to their welfare.
I'm a current college level student. How will I receive my exam / external assessment results?
All results for the qualification that you studied at the College will be sent via email to your college email account. If you studied a Level 3 qualification, you will receive these results on Thursday 13th August 2020. If you studied GCSEs or a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification, your results will be sent on Thursday 20th August.
The steps that the awarding bodies have taken to calculate GCSE results this year are explained in this video.
If you studied a BTEC qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3, information about how the Pearson awarding body has calculated your results is explained here.
If you have any queries about the results you receive, in the first instance please contact your course tutor to discuss. On results days, tutors, the Student Services Team and our Health and Welfare Officer will be available to provide support, advice and guidance if you need it. However, please be aware that due to social distancing, you will need to call the College to talk with someone, or to make an appointment to come on to campus.
Certificates for all qualifications will be sent out in the post as soon as possible.