16-18 Student guidance
On this page we will keep you updated on the latest announcements from College and from awarding bodies. This will be updated as information comes through. Downloads are listed on the right hand side and this will include a compilation of information from awarding bodies and will detail where possible which courses are affected.
There is some summary information below outlining why we are committed to supporting your continued learning and how this may affect your course of study.
Following the request to close our college in March we have moved all our provision to virtual, on-line teaching. Since closure to the wider student body we have remained open for a small number of students and this has been done in line with advice from central Government and Public Health England.
With the recent relaxation of the lockdown rules and a request to re-open from 1st June the college has carefully considered whether we can now extend face to face delivery for an additional, selected number of students. We can therefore confirm that before the end of the summer term, the college will extend face to face delivery to more students. However this will not take place before 15th June at the earliest. Our priority is the safety of our college community – students and staff, and therefore we wish to have sufficient time to achieve the highest levels of safety possible and be able to implement effective social distancing protocols.
Any extension to face to face delivery will be for a small number of students for whom delivery cannot be replicated on-line and will include completion of training and/or assessment which are necessary for the completion of their qualifications.
Prior to the 8th June we will contact eligible students and apprentices and discuss arrangements for attending college. Discussions will focus on providing guidance as to the new ways of working, including public health protocols.
All on-line learning is unaffected by this announcement and this will continue at the same level up to the end of the academic year. We remain fully committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our students and apprentices.
Further updates will be available over the next week.
Importance of Continued Learning
The College and your own individual learning is currently being affected by unprecedented events. However it is essential that wherever possible you continue with your learning and that we provide every opportunity for you to continue with and/or complete you studies.
Continued study is important for the following reasons:
- Whilst information around examination and assessments is not finalised and the potential grading methodology is not known it is important to continue with your assessment and assignments as directed by your tutor. Marked work may well form part of the grade assessment decisions. For those on the first year or a 2/3 year course it is essential that you continue with your assessed work and keep on track ahead of the next year of your course.
- If you are on a level 1 or 2 programme and are looking to progress to the next level you will need to complete as much learning as possible in preparation for that next step. Planning for next academic year will include ‘catch-up’ time but it will not be possible to cover all work from the summer term.
- Use it or lose it – studies show that students who stop learning actually slip back when learning stops. If you are progressing to university or other study it is a long time to cease learning and it will impact on your studies when you hopefully re-start in September 2020.
- Keeping your career/job plans on track – we do not know how long the current situation is going to last. This time is an investment in you and your aspirations. Do not let circumstances affect your overall ambitions and progress. You have time to study, don’t miss out.
- It is good for your own wellbeing. You are part of the college community and though that hasn’t changed, your social interaction with friends and tutors has. Keeping engaged with that community through your on-line learning and supporting your own development is good for your wellbeing as well as your progress.
Following the recent update from the Government the College will be moving to home and on-line learning from Monday 23rd March. This will affect you in a number of ways.
Guidance for Home and On-line learning
- Learning and support for your learning will continue on a distance basis.
- You will be able to access the learning for College taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through the College Virtual learning Environment (VLE). A new tile has been added under each course named Working at Home where you will find instructions and resources. This will include maths and English as well as vocational learning. (Step by step instructions are available below should you need guidance to do this)
- Classroom tutors will provide support via College Email or other approved College communication system. (There is a guidance to use Microsoft Teams on the side link on the right, should this be being used by your department)
- You should continue to submit work and assignments in the usual way
- You should NOT attend any work placement position even if this is a mandatory part of your course. This would undermine the Governments social distancing strategy and increase the health risk.
- We recognise that in many cases practical skill learning cannot continue during this period of learning from home but videos and other resources will help you to be prepared for this future requirement
- Assignments that you have already submitted and those you continue to submit may form an increasing element of your final grade if exams are confirmed as been cancelled and so it is important that you continue to submit work
- The College is working closely with awarding bodies and will advise you of any developments as these become known
- In the meantime continue to progress through your programme developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need for your future
Specific Guidance by Vocational Study programme
Entry and Level 1: continue to complete learning set by your tutor to the end of the year. You will be able to complete assignments and your qualification through this on-line learning method. This will prepare you for the next level of study
Level 2: continue to complete learning set by your tutor to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body.
Level 3 one year courses (e.g. City & Guilds): continue to complete learning set by your tutor to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body.
Level 3 year 1 of 2 year courses (e.g. BTEC, CACHE): continue to complete internally set assessment on-line as directed by your tutor. Although it is unclear at this stage regarding any future dates for externally set exams, continue to complete the preparation materials set by your tutor, so that you are prepared to take these exams at a later date. You will be unable to complete any work placement activity; in the small number of cases where this contributes towards any final grade, we await further information from awarding bodies.
Level 3 year 2 of 2 year courses (e.g. BTEC, CACHE): continue to complete internally set assessment on-line as directed by your tutor. Where practical assessment is required in order to complete an assessment, we await further clarification from awarding bodies
GCSE/Functional Skills resit classes: we await additional information relating to the current examination series. Continue to complete learning set by your tutor to the end of the year in preparation for any future examinations that need to be undertaken
Specific Guidance for A Level Study programme
Year 1: continue to complete learning set by your tutor to the end of the year so that this prepares you for the second year of study. We await further information from awarding bodies relating to the current examination series. Continue to complete any course assessment that counts towards final grades (where applicable) until informed to the contrary by your tutor
Year 2: We await further information from awarding bodies relating to the current examination series. Continue to complete any course assessment that counts towards final grades (where applicable) until informed to the contrary by your tutor. Tutors will continue to provide opportunities for learning so that this learning can be consolidated
This information will be updated regularly as information is received