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. Since 23rd March, we have followed government guidance and have successfully supported our students with remote teaching and learning. Our college campus continued to operate at a reduced level to support key worker / students with additional needs, as well as managing our farm and animal units. During this time, we have developed a wide range of new safety measures and procedures to support a Covid safe environment on campus.
We look forward to welcoming all staff and students on campus this September, both returning and new and to a successful academic year for all.
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
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 Student Services for £2.50 each, which cover you for one journey on any of our bus routes.
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.
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. Face masks should be worn on transport and hands must be at least sanitised on arrival to the College. More information can be found here.
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.