Higher Education Guidance

Key Information

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.

Information about courses starting Sept 2020

University Centre Wigan and Leigh College

Higher Education Provision from September 2020


All current and prospective higher education students studying HNC, HND, Foundation Degree, Degree, Certificate and Postgraduate Certificate in Education courses including those on higher and degree apprenticeships.

Expectations of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

We continue to directly deliver teaching to our students and intend for this to be the case as we start the new Academic Year in September 2020, for new and returning students alike.We are determined to deliver the best possible experience for all our students, joining or re-joining us in September 2020 and beyond.

Teaching from September 2020 will be via a blended learning approach, with predominately face-to-face teaching supplemented by online material which may include on-line classes.

All students will attend face-to-face teaching and will follow Government guidance to adopt safe practices on college premises and getting to and from college. We anticipate that the majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face, subject to any changes imposed by the Government.

Students will be expected to engage with learning through:

  • Attendance in College at face-to-face sessions such as practical, group tutorials, and lectures
  • Attendance at on-line sessions (if applicable)
  • Directed study to engage with learning activities in support of sessions
  • Independent study
  • Completion of assessments towards the relevant qualification.

Work experience

Higher level apprentices, degree apprentices and Foundation Degree students will additionally need to complete work or work experience and attend relevant support meetings enabling them to fulfil the assessment criteria for their qualification.

Professional Body requirements

Cert Ed/PGCE and BEng (Hons) courses are professional body accredited with specific learning outcomes which need to be achieved. This may determine the method of delivery of these courses in regards to the completion of learning outcomes requiring practical assessment and teaching observations.


Enrolment of internal and external students will be based on confirmation of the achievement of level 3 qualifications and GCSE English and Maths (if required as per the prospectus information) or equivalent experience for mature students. Enrolment will be on-line wherever possible (with face to face enrolment for some students) and confirmation of grades/qualifications and sponsorship letters collected within the first week of starting the course. Anyone not able to confirm results will be withdrawn and no fee will be collected.


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.

  • 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. (Step by step instructions are available below should you need guidance to do this)
  • Electronically available resources from the College learning centre remain available to students. In addition UCLan students with access to their Blackboard VLE can continue to access and use these resources as Pearson students level 4 and above can access HN Global.
  • 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, any modular exams already completed, 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