COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Update 25/03/2020

Guidance for Current Students:

Guidance for Applicants:

In view of the current government guidance in relation to the Coronavirus emergency we have taken the decision to close the Colleges in Salford from Wednesday 25th March at 4pm until further notice.  The Colleges are:- Pendleton Sixth Form College, Eccles Sixth Form College, Future Skills/University Centre, City Skills, Worsley College and Apprenticeships at Frontier House. 

Up until now, the Colleges have been open in line with the Government’s request to support the children of key workers, vulnerable students and those with an Educational Health and Care Plan.  However, following communications with students and parentswe feel reassured that our distance learning model enables our students to remain safe at home, to work remotely and to minimise social contact in line with Government requirements. 

The pastoral and learning support team at the College have assessed the individual needs of every student classified as vulnerable, High Needs or with an Educational Health and Care Plan. Face to face or remote interviews have taken place and a bespoke learning and support plan has been implemented to ensure we can continue to provide the pastoral and/or learning support that students need. 

We have now moved to a distance learning model and all teaching and learning can be accessed online through the CANVAS, Moodle, Blackboard and Smart Assessor platforms. Teachers are in regular contact with all students at the college. Learning support students are continuing with 1-1 appointments in the normal timetabled slots and the College counsellor is continuing to provide support via telephone.  Additional support, advice and guidance, can be found in the ‘Careers, Pastoral and Wellbeing’ section of CANVAS. 

Students currently in receipt of the College bursary will continue to receive payments as normal. Those eligible for free school meals will receive this as an additional payment.  The College bursary will continue to be paid in line with the College calendar (i.e. excluding half-term and Easter holidays). 

We know that students and parents are anxious regarding external qualification grades and progression assessments. As we receive information from the Department for Education, and the examination boards, we will provide you with updates.   

It is imperative that all students engage fully with their learning right to the end of the academic year.  This requires maintaining close contact with College staff and the thorough completion of all assignments and assessments.  

For students who are continuing at college next year: there will be a progression test to ensure that you have mastered all the knowledge and skills in the first year of your course.

For students who are progressing to university or employment: we know that your final grade will depend in large measure on teachers’ assessments of your progress throughout your college course.  For this reason it is imperative that you engage fully in your studies until the very end of this academic year.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these very difficult circumstances.  We hope that all our students and their families stay safe.  For the latest government information please click here.