COVID-19: Guidance for Higher Education Students

Following the recent update from the Government the College will be suspending all face-to-face teaching and will be moving to distance learning from Monday 23rd March.

This change to teaching and learning will affect you in a number of ways:

  • Teaching, learning and support will continue entirely on a distance basis.
  • You will be able to access the learning for College taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through the Canvas, Blackboard or Moodle, depending on the Virtual learning Environment (VLE) you currently use. Some resources will also be available on HN Global for Pearson students.
  • You must use your college and/or University email address to access the VLE as per your usual process, we recommend that you check your college and university emails on a regular basis for up to date information.
  • You will find an on-line timetable which will provide you with clear details about the activities that will be taking place until the end of the term and how you can contact your tutor for support.
  • We recognise that in many cases practical skill learning cannot continue during this period of learning from home but videos and other resources will help you to be prepared for this future requirement
  • Your tutors will provide support via the VLE, College Email and through Microsoft Teams. Your tutor will provide you with full information regarding any group or discussion activities that may be taking place on-line over the next few weeks.
  • Up to date information on your submissions will be provided to you on a course by course basis and based on individual guidance from our partner institutions.
  • You should continue to engage in all your studies and to work on your assessments as normal.
  • There will be some changes to the standard procedures for submissions. Any specific changes to your submission dates will be communicated to you through your VLE pages on a module by module basis and based on guidance from our validating partners. Specific information regarding individual institutions can be found below.
  • All examinations and practical assessments are suspended until further notice. We aim to communicate updated information regarding examinations and practical assessments on or before April 20th
  • The College is working closely with awarding bodies and will advise you of any developments as these become known
  • You should NOT attend any work placement position even if this is a mandatory part of your course. This would undermine the Governments social distancing strategy and increase the health risk.
  • If you are unable to submit your written work on your agreed submission date, please let your tutor know as soon as possible and they will offer you guidance around completing an application for exceptional factors or personal mitigating circumstances
  • You should expect to receive your student loans as usual during this period, however, if you have any specific enquiries about this, please contact the Student Loans Company directly.
  • Should you experience any other difficulties during your time working from home, please let your tutor know as soon as possible so that the most appropriate support can be identified for you.
  • In the meantime, continue to progress through your programme developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need for your future.


If you have any queries please email:


Information for Students on programmes validated by The University of Bolton & The University Salford:

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time and are working to ensure that we provide you with accurate and up-to-date information. As previously announced, all face-to-face teaching and face-to-face assessment that requires you to be on-campus is suspended until further notice.

We have been working closely with our University partners to agree strategies around the completion of your outstanding assessments and we are happy to confirm that new and updated assessment information will be made available to you from today on Blackboard, Moodle or Canvas and via direct communication from your tutors.  This updated information will give you all the guidance you require to submit all outstanding work and to complete your qualification.  Our key priority is to support you in working towards the successful completion of your current modules.

Should you have any difficulty in submitting your work, you are not required to submit applications for personal mitigating circumstances at this time.  Detailed guidance around this can be found on the University of Salford Student Hub  and the University of Bolton Student Hub

Should you require any further guidance please contact us at

Safety Net Information from the University of Salford
Other universities have a “no detriment” policy. What is University of Salford’s position on this?
Recent weeks have been a difficult time for students. We understand that you may be feeling unsettled and concerned about your studies and about your assessments in particular. Our regulations for assessment, progression from one academic year to the next, and for awarding degrees already take into account exceptional circumstances. However, the situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented and so we recognise the need to go further. We have therefore introduced a ‘safety net’ approach to support you in continuing your studies and taking assessments.

What is the ‘safety net’?
The safety net ensures that no students are disadvantaged by the COVID-19 situation. Provided that you accumulate sufficient credits (normally 120 for undergraduate students to progress to the next level or to graduate; normally 120 credits for postgraduate taught students to progress to the final project/dissertation) the safety net means your overall mark for the year will be the same as, or higher than, the overall mark you had achieved up to 15 March 2020. This is the date from which we suspended face-to-face teaching and assessment.

If there’s a safety net, do I still need to take the rest of my assessments this academic year?
Yes, you still need to take all your remaining assessments and pass your 2019/20 modules. By passing your modules, you will gain the credits that you need to progress to the next academic year or to graduate. The ‘safety net’ protects your overall mark but you need to take your remaining assessments to take advantage of it.


Information for Students on Pearson Higher National Programmes:

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time and are working to ensure that we provide you with accurate and up-to-date information. As previously announced, all face-to-face teaching and face-to-face assessment that requires you to be on-campus is suspended until further notice.

We are working closely with Pearson Higher Nationals to ensure that you are able to complete your assessments as planned.  We have suspended all face-to-face teaching and are now managing your progress on-line through our VLE Canvas.  The key recommendations from Pearson at this time are to continue working towards the submission of your written work, as per the guidance that you are receiving from your tutors.  If your work is of a practical nature, we are still working with Pearson to identify alternatives to this method, and we will update you with critical information as soon as agreements are put in place.  Don’t forget you can access lots of additional resources at HN Global

In the meantime, please continue to work hard and if you need any general advice you can contact us at


Information from the Student Loans Company:

SLC issues updated guidance for Higher and Further Education providers 
We have been working hard to continue providing our core student finance services for those applying for academic year 2020/21, for current students expecting summer term payments, for customers in repayment and for the universities and colleges we work closely with. 
Following the most recent Government guidance on COVID-19 we are having to change the way we deliver our services. To enable us to do this as quickly as possible, we are now closing our customer contact centres temporarily for new and existing students, and for any customer in repayment. 
The closure of our customer contact centres, which includes our Partners Support Desk, will not impact summer term maintenance payments to students or tuition fee payments to education providers. These payments will be made as normal. New and existing students can continue to apply for student finance as normal and we will continue to process any applications that have been received as quickly as we can. 
We are working to restore service at our contact centres as soon as we can and we will provide further information on this over the coming days. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but trust you will understand the importance of the measures we have taken given the current circumstances.

Will SLC continue to make scheduled payments? 

SLC can confirm that providers will continue to receive scheduled tuition fee payments as normal, on receipt of confirmation that the student has registered with their university or college.


Information for Access to Higher Education Students: 
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