We are still here for you. College staff are working remotely and are continuing to teach and support our students.
We have been keeping a close eye on how your qualifications will be awarded and other FAQs concerning your learning and progression from college. We don't have all the answers yet, but here is what we know now. There are many different types of courses at the college and possible questions you will have about what will happen next. Please stay in touch with you tutors to keep up to date with what is happening on your course.
The FAQs below set out our current plans, which we will continue to review as the situation develops and we will keep this information updated.
When will be back in College?
We are not sure yet. At present we are expecting this to be from late February. We do though expect to be back in before the end of the academic year. This will change the assessment options from the last lock-down means that continuing to learn is important both during and after this lockdown.
How will my assessment be carried out?
We don’t know, there is a two-week consultation taking place.
At present, the only thing we do know is that GCSE and A level exams will not take place as normal. We will update all learners with information as we receive it. We do expect though the process will be different from last year so although centre assessed grades may be used (and will be to replace exams) how we judge these centre assessed grades is yet to be decided. For most qualifications that are course work based there may be changed to assessments, but there may not.
What online learning should I expect?
You can expect regular lessons and learning materials that enable you to continue to learn. This will be based around your existing timetable and within your college MS Teams platform (supported by other VLEs for some courses, such as WordPress, Smart Screen etc). Tutors have been asked to prepare material that meets the learning aim of the session as far as possible through many practical subjects cannot be taught successfully online so we may vary your topics accordingly.
We are not requiring that the online meetings ‘fill’ all of the time of that session. For example, a lesson may start as an MS Teams meeting, then have an offline task, then finish with a follow-up meeting to share and recap. There are many ways that this type of lesson could be structured.
It is possible that some staff will now have caring commitments themselves and may need to adjust the times of their lessons. Where this happens it should be clearly communicated to you.
Do I have to attend the online sessions?
Your attendance is expected unless you have a good reason why you cannot attend the meeting. Please let your tutors know if you can’t attend the online session or engage with the other learning materials provided. Registers will be taken for the online sessions. This applies to all lessons that are on your timetable (including any English and maths).
Can I come into college?
If you feel that you are vulnerable, or are a child of key worker and cannot safely and/or effectively work at home (or in your ‘support bubble’), or you are unable to study remotely, please fill in out the request in the link here and we will be in touch. Please note this option is only available if you have no safe or viable alternative way of studying outside the college.
How can I have my say in how my course should be assessed?
There is a consultation invite you to contribute to the discussion here. Despite the title, this process does include vocational and technical qualifications. The consultation closes on the 29th of January.