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COVID-19: Latest Update

The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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A collection of FAQs for our part-time adult learners.

What COVID-19 measures does the college have in place?

We have hand sanitiser stations and measures to control the flow of people through the buildings. Our full-time students are placed in bubbles to contain in the possible outbreak of COVID-19 to limited groupings. These ‘bubbles’ are identified by their lanyard colour. Our part-time adult learners on any course (and apprentices of any age) will have a multicoloured ‘rainbow’ lanyard and must wear this whilst on campus.

One key measure to prevent the spread of infection is adequate ventilation. This will mean that we will have windows open in many rooms, and room temperatures will be lower than usual. Please dress accordingly.

Our café lunch services are restricted at present, and you will have allocated times to access the café. This may be supplemented by food trolleys for some groups. The evening and breakfast services are still open though social distancing measures apply.

Do I need a face covering?

Yes. The college’s public areas (but not classrooms and workspaces) require you and others to wear face coverings.

Will l these measures affect my learning experience?

There may be some differences, particularly in practical areas where we need to take precautions when passing objects around or to demonstrate skills, but we feel we can offer a good learning experience. The main difference will be the need for social distancing, but we are all getting more used to that.

What happens if there is another lockdown and I can’t attend college?

We will move your learning online. This will be via MS Teams meetings which will be scheduled at the same time as your timetabled session (or an agreed alternative). You will get a Microsoft 365 account whilst you are a student at college which includes Teams. This will be supported by other online materials. Where your learning is practical, we will support you as much as possible during any break in our in-class delivery.

Will I be in a ‘bubble’ like the ones schools use?

No. Social distancing will apply to you, and those around you, whilst you are in college. This is due to the increased health consequences for adults of COVID-19 and the likelihood that you will be in other workplaces or social groupings when you are not in college than younger students. We do place our full-time students in these types of ‘bubbles’.