COVID-19: Guidance for Adults / 19+ Students

The Government has announced that schools and colleges will close from Friday 20th March.  This means that your learning for the remainder of the academic year will move to Distance Learning.

 

Guidance for Distance Learning

  • Your learning will continue but you will complete work at home instead of coming into college.
  • We will continue to support you to complete your studies.
  • Lessons will take place in accordance with your existing timetable through CANVAS which is our Virtual Learning Environment.
  • You will be able to access learning for your taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through CANVAS.
  • All of the resources you need to complete your work will be available and you will be supported by your usual class teachers during this time via email and approved college communications. 
  • You are expected to submit your work and assignments as directed by your class teachers
  • All work placements have been cancelled or postponed and you should not attend your work placement during this time.
  • Many courses require the completion of practical activities or assessments. Your teachers will support you to complete these remotely or provide alternatives for these assessments.
  • It is important you continue to submit work as directed by your teachers as this is likely to be used in the calculation of a final grade in the absence of examinations.
  • The College is working closely with awarding bodies and will advise you of any developments as these become known.
  • It is important to continue to progress through your programme developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need for your future.

Specific Guidance by Programme of Study:

Entry and Level 1 Vocational Courses
You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete assignments and your qualification through this online learning method. This will prepare you for the next level of study. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Level 2 Vocational Courses
You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this online learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

 Level 3 Vocational Courses (one year) (e.g. City & Guilds)
You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Level 3 year 1 of 2 year courses (e.g. BTEC, CACHE)

You should continue to complete internally set assessment on-line as directed by your teacher. Although it is unclear at this stage regarding any future dates for externally set exams, continue to complete the preparation materials set by your teacher, so that you are prepared to take these exams at a later date. You will be unable to complete any work placement activity; in the small number of cases where this contributes towards any final grade, we await further information from awarding bodies. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Level 3 year 2 of 2 year courses (e.g. BTEC, CACHE)

You should continue to complete internally set assessment on-line as directed by your teacher. Where practical assessment is required in order to complete an assessment, we await further clarification from awarding bodies. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Adult Courses (with practical assessments/examinations) – You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body

Adult Courses (with no practical assessments/examinations) – You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete assignments and your qualification through this on-line learning method. This will prepare you for the next level of study.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – All Levels
Your teacher will give you the SCC Group ESOL Advice and Guidance Booklet to help you when you are not in college. You can go to your ESOL Course CANVAS page for lessons and activities that will help you to improve your English language every week. It is important that you continue to study every week as this will help you every day and it will prepare you for when you come back to college in September 2020. Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Maths and English GCSE and Maths and English Functional Skills
We understand that you will be disappointed that you are not able to take your exams as planned this summer and we are waiting for additional information relating to the current examination series. You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year in preparation for any future examinations that need to be undertaken. You can also access the learning for College taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through the College Virtual learning Environment (VLE), CANVAS where you will also find links to useful websites that will help you to continue to develop your English and Maths Skills.  Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

Entry to Access
You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body. You can also access resources and additional information on your course CANVAS page.  Your teacher will also support you via email every week.

Access to Higher Education Courses
You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year. You will be able to complete some assignments through this on-line learning method which awarding bodies may take into account when considering qualification awards. Clearly you will be unable to complete further practical assessment and we await additional information as to how this and any outstanding exams will be managed and considered by the awarding body. You can also access resources and additional information on your course CANVAS page.  Your teacher will also support you via email every week.

Open Awards, the awarding body for Access Qualifications at the college have now confirmed that grades for all work required before the 20th of March will be the actual grades submitted by your teacher and that all grades for submissions required after the 20th of March will be calculated grades.

We know that, as Access to HE students, many of you are engaged in a tricky balance between work, family responsibilities and studies. However, it is important that all students are as well prepared as they can be for their transition into higher education, so making use of the resources prepared by your Access to HE teachers and participating in continuing distance learning where possible, is key to ensure you have covered all the subject knowledge required of your Diploma. 

Your continued engagement and ongoing assessment will contribute to the evidence that your teachers will need to calculate your grades for any work that was due to be submitted after the 20th March. It is therefore very important that you continue to engage with distance learning and your teachers between now and the end of the academic year. Further Information

IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED LEARNING
The College and your own individual learning is currently being affected by unprecedented events. However, it is essential that wherever possible you continue with your learning and that we provide every opportunity for you to continue with and/or complete your studies. Continued study is important for the following reasons:

  • Whilst information around examination and assessments is not finalised and the potential grading methodology is not known it is important to continue with your assessment and assignments as directed by your teacher. Marked work may well form part of the grade assessment decisions. For those on the first year or a 2/3 year course it is essential that you continue with your assessed work and keep on track ahead of the next year of your course.
  • If you are on a level 1 or 2 programme and are looking to progress to the next level you will need to complete as much learning as possible in preparation for that next step. Planning for the next academic year will include ‘catch-up’ time but it will not be possible to cover all work from the summer term.
  • Studies show that students who stop learning actually slip back when learning stops. If you are progressing to university or other studies it is a long time to cease learning and it will impact on your studies when you hopefully re-start in September 2020.
  • Keeping your career/job plans on track – we do not know how long the current situation is going to last. This time is an investment in you and your aspirations. Do not let circumstances affect your overall ambitions and progress. You have time to study, don’t miss out.
  • It is good for your own wellbeing. You are part of the college community and though that hasn’t changed, your social interaction with friends and teachers has. Keeping engaged with that community through your on-line learning and supporting your own development is good for your wellbeing as well as your progress.