Further Education Students (16-18 and Adults)
You have already achieved so much from this academic year and we are committed to helping support you in ensuring you receive the credit you deserve to reflect your hard work. It is essential that you continue learning and continue to develop your skills and knowledge so that you can move onto your next educational step or progress into the workplace with the knowledge and skills that colleges, universities or employers will require.
We therefore expect that all students will:
- access work from home and complete the set activities/work as you would if you were still attending college
- log on to Blackboard and visit your course home page and complete work as required
- look out for an email from your tutor/course leader which will outline the work/assignments assessments you have been provided with (including English and maths if appropriate) and when/how these can be handed in
It is important to note that we will review how each student has taken part in online learning and this information will be used in reviewing applications for progression to the next level of course in September 2020.
We will do all we can to support you and should you have any difficulties in accessing these opportunities. Please let your course leader know by email so that we can work with you to overcome any barriers.
We have taken the decision to suspend all work placements associated with 16-18 provision in order to comply with the governments guidance on tackling coronavirus.
Where work placements form a required component of your qualification, we are working with the relevant awarding organisations to ensure you are not disadvantaged in any way. If you are on a placement, please contact the employer concerned to let them know you will not be attending and thanking them for the support they have offered you to date.
Will students be returning to college from 15 June?
We are following Government guidelines on students returning to college. We will be asking small groups of students into college, concentrating on those whose learning and achievement would benefit most from face-to-face learning at this point.
Our priority will be students with specific modules or assessments they still need to complete to gain their qualifications.
We have different groups of students to whom this will apply. For this reason, unlike schools, we are not limiting this to students who are in the equivalent of Year 12.
A range of individual students will be asked to attend over the coming weeks and we will contact them via our Blackboard system and their college email.
What will happen with exams/synoptics? (Latest update Friday 3rd April 2020)
Following the latest government announcement on this year's GCSE and A Level grading system, we can assure you that we will be doing everything we can to ensure our students get to where they want to be this September.
Ofqual have today published a letter for all GCSE and A Level students which you can view here and detailed guidance for students and parents on how the grading system will work which you can view here. Guidance for Access to Higher Education students can be viewed here.
Our College is all about getting students to the next step and we will be supporting students to help them progress to the best option for them - whether that's progressing to the next stage of their course, moving on to higher education or starting their career.
We have outstanding teachers who are all dedicated professionals and they will be working tirelessly to prepare the information Ofqual will require.
We know that you may still have questions concerning this process and therefore have set up a dedicated mailbox for you to email those queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will respond to any queries as quickly as we are able.
You can find the answers to many of the key questions about the cancellation of exams, and how grades will be calculated, in the Government guidance on the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2020.
Please do not worry, this is a nationwide concern and therefore plans will be put in place as required. We will ensure that we communicate any updates on exams/synoptics through your student email account.
How will my attendance be impacted?
We will be monitoring your engagement with learning through your interactions on Blackboard and the work that you submit with your lecturers. While we strongly recommend that students log in and access resources/activities and upload assessments as provided by your course tutors, we will not be recording attendance in the normal way.
How will I communicate with staff and get support with my work?
While you are studying from home, staff will still be hard at work to provide lessons, mark assessments and support you. You can contact them, and they will need to be able to contact you, through your student email. If you wish to talk to someone on the phone, send an email first to arrange a convenient time.
What if I don't have access at home?
Blackboard is available as an app and works through phones, iPads, computers and other devices with your student log on. If you have issue accessing Blackboard, let your course tutor/course leader know via email so we can look at options on a case by case basis.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time. It is important we work together as one big team and we are all committed in supporting you towards your next steps.