Coronavirus related frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Questions relating to current students

We are reviewing Government Guidelines and as social distancing is a continuing requirement, we are assessing practical solutions. Your education and delivering that safely are our priorities. We are now planning how you will return to college in the Autumn term. 

For 16-18 year olds on full-time courses plans include staggering start times, staggering breaks and lunch times and working out how many students can be in a classroom at any one time. This will result in a mixture of classroom based and remote online learning and we are assessing the best technologies to use to support this. We will update you as soon as we know more. If you have any queries, please email

For adults on part-time courses or thinking about a part-time course we are reviewing how to deliver courses to ensure social distancing. We are using experience gained since lockdown to assess what has worked well for our part-time students and aim to build on that. We are also assessing the best technologies to support this transition. We will update course information as soon as those discussions are complete. If you have any queries, please email

We are delighted you have the offer of a place at Shipley College and want to ensure you have an introduction to studying here. As social distancing is continuing to be necessary, it is likely that your taster session will be delivered online rather than you coming into college. We will keep you informed and do contact us by emailing if you have any further enquiries.

We can now confirm the process and want to reassure you that the overriding aim is to be fair to all students and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to further study at college, university, apprenticeships, training or work.

Step 1: Shipley College has been asked to send the Awarding Organisations information based on what they know about your work and achievements and about the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned. We will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

The Awarding Organisations will calculate the external exam grades based on the knowledge and information received from mock exams, prior exams and your tutor's calculated grades.  

You should complete any current work in order for this to be considered in your final grading assessment. You should also follow individual course tutor advice about continuing to work remotely using Google Classroom in order to help you with further study and to progress onto your next stage.  

 Please don’t ask your tutors, or anyone else at the College, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the Awarding Organisation as they will not be allowed to share this information with you.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned. and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after the College closed.   

For more detailed information please read the Ofqual Guidance Booklet by following this link:  Summer 2020 results for vocational, technical and other qualifications  

Please also see video for more information, click here


All planned trips and visits have been cancelled until further notice. 

All work experience placements are currently on hold and employers have been notified. Students have been advised not to attend their placements until further notice. However, for a few students, if there is an opportunity for you to work remotely or online with the placement, this can be negotiated between you and the workplace. You must make sure that relevant college staff are made aware of this. The Work Experience Team will contact students when they can resume their placement.

The College has taken the decision to cancel all upcoming exams until further notice. In addition, the Government has cancelled all timetabled GCSE & A Level exams due to take place in May and June. We are currently awaiting more details on this and will notify all students involved as soon as this information becomes available. Read more here

Plans are in place to ensure all of our students can continue with their studies whilst at home and remain in contact with their tutors and Learning Coaches, where appropriate. You should have discussed the alternatives with your tutor if you have no access to required devices.

Please contact your tutor via any available email account that you are able to log into. Raise your issue and leave a contact number. Your tutor will be in touch to ask you to confirm your identity over the phone, so please make sure you know your student number or have it to hand. 

Full time students: if you need to talk to Student Services, the team will offer support, advice and guidance by phone on 01274 327281 or by emailing

Part time students: contact your tutor

Apprentices: contact either  yourTutor/Assessor or Learning Coach

 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.

All students have been emailed to confirm the limited availability of devices and the process for making requests on a first come first served basis, subject to availability.


Questions relating to future students

The College will wait and see what the Government advice is regarding the May and June exams and contact students who will be affected once we know more. Read more here

Course cancellation decisions are currently being made by the College in chronological order. When a course has been cancelled, we will contact you to arrange a refund.

We do not know when college will be open to students,  but you can register your interest for a course by emailing with your full name, the course title and a contact telephone number. Please put the title ‘Interested in a Part-time course’ in the email subject if possible. Part-time Distance learning courses are still running, please see here

Applications are still open for full-time courses starting in September. Please continue to apply by filling in the online application. Although the College is currently closed due to Coronavirus, interviews will take place over the phone after Easter. Your offer will be made based on your predicted grades.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Services by phoning  01274 327281 or emailing Our staff are here to help you.  




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