COVID-19 Guidance


COVID-19 UPDATE 18th JANUARY 2021 5.00PM



Information for all our students to support you in your studies

During the national lockdown your course timetable will stay the same, but as you know your lessons will take place online. This means that you should only come to College if special arrangements have been made with you to attend College.

Online sessions will normally take place using Google classroom and Google Meet, and your tutor will invite you to the lessons. You are expected to attend all of your timetabled lessons, take part in activities and complete all work set for you. This is really important to enable you to achieve your targets and qualifications and to support your progress at the end of your course.

For students who were already studying solely online or distance learning, there will be no change for you. You will continue to access learning and receive support from your tutors in your usual way.

Please note that this does NOT affect Apprentices in the workplace, who will continue to attend work as normal.  Any changes to working hours will be up to your individual employer.



Due to lockdown, the vast majority of exams scheduled for coming weeks and some summer exams such as GCSEs and A Levels, have been cancelled. Click to view the latest announcement regarding exams originally scheduled for summer 2021

However, a few exams will go ahead remotely, mainly English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), Functional Skills Speaking and Listening, and End Point Assessments for some apprentices.  

Please don’t worry as your tutors will keep you informed of any updates we receive about assessments and exams and what they will mean for you.

 The Department for Education is currently consulting on how to award qualifications in summer 2021 and you can have your say.

Link to the consultation on vocational qualifications

Link to consultation over GCSEs and A Levels in summer 2021



Whilst the College may not be physically open to most students, we continue to be very much here for you in the virtual world. Your tutor or learning coach can help with most queries, including any problems you may have in engaging in learning remotely. If you are having difficulties please do make us aware. 

If you are normally supported in class by a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) or Communication Support Worker (CSW), this support will continue online. 

If you need to talk to Student Services the team will offer support, advice and guidance. Contact them  by phone on 01274 327281 or by emailing

We have lots of helpful information on the Student Portal on the STUDENT WELLBEING & MENTAL HEALTH page.  You will find information on organisations available to offer you help online or by phone if you are in crisis or need urgent help.



Full-time students 

You can contact us in any one of the following ways:



If you are on an Apprenticeship, contact your Apprenticeship Learning Coach:

  • Melanie Sutherland on 07969 686915


Adult Learners

Adult learners should contact their tutor directly.


Other useful contact details

IT student helpline email

Learning Resource Centre 

Head of Learning Support - Lucy Smith



We will provide regular updates here, on social media and by your College email, in response to changing government guidance.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns for your health or for others in relation to the virus, please follow advice from Public Health England or call NHS 111 to discuss symptoms. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments.



In the current Lockdown, access to College buildings by staff and students is strictly by prior arrangement only. 

If you have an urgent need to collect any items from College, please follow the procedures outlined by email.

Absence reporting for staff: Please follow the normal process for reporting staff absence. HR absence line is 01274 327249



Please remember that under no circumstances should any member of staff or students attend College if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive in the last 10 days, or if a member of your household is experiencing symptoms or has had a positive test in the last 14 days.

The College will liaise with the Public Health England Health Protection Team and Track and Trace. You may be asked to book a test and self-isolate if you are displaying symptoms, provide details of anyone you have had close contact with if your test is positive or asked by NHS Track and Trace, or self isolate if you have had close contact with anyone who has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19. Your cooperation is appreciated.

People returning to the UK from specific areas affected by Coronavirus can check for information here 

Other useful information can be found on NHS UK or the BBC website.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak please check the NHS, Government, and Public Health websites.

Stay safe.


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