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Bath College accredited by ground-breaking dual career scheme

 

Bath College are delighted to be leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow and support young sportspeople on the talent pathway to have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits, follow other interests, as well as further their personal development.

 

This is a huge achievement for Bath College and we are very proud to be awarded this recent accreditation. Ceri Baker, our Curriculum Manager for Health, Science & Engineering said: “Providing high quality education programmes is a key focus at Bath College and we are proud to be able to offer that little bit extra. Talented athletes will now be able to continue to excel academically whilst thriving as an athlete through the TASS Duel Career Accreditation pathway. We are committed to supporting students to achieve their full potential.”

 

Paul Blenkinsopp, our Sports Lecturer in Football also said: “Bath College has always had a history of supporting high level athletes from a range of sports and helping them to manage their academic and sporting commitments. It is a great achievement for the college to be awarded TASS Duel Career Accreditation, as this highlights the importance we place on supporting student athletes to achieve not only sporting but academic excellence as well.”

 

Bath College will be an important asset to the network that have already partnered with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year. These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme. In addition, the academic flexibility policies may mean these students have the opportunity to access online resources, able to arrange catch up sessions with teaching staff, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.

 

For Bath College, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be hugely beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions.

 

TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England. We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution. Congratulations to the successful institutions and we look forward to working alongside many more outstanding colleges and universities in the near future.”

 

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Bath College announces new Chair of Corporation

 

Bath College is delighted to announce the recruitment of Professor Andy Salmon as the new Chair of their Corporation. He will take over this voluntary leadership role from Carole Stott OBE, who has held this role since January 2014.

 

Professor Salmon is a highly experienced leader in higher and further education. He is Pro Vice Chancellor for External Relations at Bath Spa University and has a background working across the College and University sector nationally and
internationally as well as leading on community initiatives.

 

Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, said, ‘Andy will be a real asset to our board, bringing a wealth of experience to the College, at a key time for the region as we begin recovery from the Covid pandemic and when addressing local needs that are central to the wellbeing of our community. At the same time, we want to acknowledge the excellent leadership and decisive, inclusive approach to governance, which Carole has provided in her years at the helm. She will be very much missed, and always a friend to the College.’

 

Andy Salmon said, ‘I am thrilled to be taking up this post, and to be able to contribute to the inclusive agenda across Bath and North East Somerset. Bath College is a lynchpin of educational success and aspiration in the region; its role is essential upskilling, reskilling and innovating for our collective working future

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Important information about Return to College – January 2021

 

*Updated 18/01/2021*

 

 


 

Due to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January 2021, there will be no face-to-face teaching until further notice.  Following the DfE’s announcement yesterday (06/01/2021), the College has been considering the best course of action regarding January examinations. We have made the decision to cancel any examinations after 7th January in order to ensure the safety of our staff and students.  While we can put in place mitigations on site and keep students and staff safe there, however we feel that the risk of travelling into College is too high.

 

If your young person has  examinations or controlled assessments after the 7th January they will not take place.  When we are informed of awarding body arrangements for alternatives, we will let you know.  In the meantime, please ask your young person to  focus on current learning and staying safe. If you have any questions around the examinations please contact me directly  or email covid@bathcollege.ac.uk.

 

Safe Space will be open from Wednesday 6th January at 11am on both campuses.  If you think you need it, contact your link in Student Welfare, Inclusion or on covid@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

Read our Remote Education Offer HERE

 

We will update this page of our website as we receive more information

 

Food delivered to Bath College for Community Chest project

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Bath College works with Compassionate Community Hub to feed students this Christmas

 

Many Bath College students and their families have been adversely financially impacted by the pandemic, leading to stress, anxiety and difficulties affording food and essentials.

 

To help to tackle this, the College is working with Bath & North East Somerset’s Community Wellbeing Hub, or Compassionate Community Hub, to ensure that no young person goes without this Christmas time.

 

The hub, which is a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council, Virgin Care and 3SG, was formed in March to provide a range of support to residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

 
Community Chest image - food inside a treasure chestA ‘Community Chest’ has been set up at the College campuses in the centre of Bath and Radstock full of frozen meals that students can access for themselves and their families, no questions asked.

 
As well as the Community Chest, any learners who are in need of a Christmas care package filled with toiletries, food and some festive treats, which have been put together by donations from staff, will be available to collect from under the College Christmas tree on the last weeks of term.

 
Bath College Catering and Hospitality staff are also preparing pre-made Christmas dinners that students can collect on 23rd December from the City Centre Campus so that they can take them back to their families for Christmas Day to help those who may not be able to afford the day they would usually have. Students will just need to register how many they would like confidentially through the College.

 
Student volunteers are also working with the hub on the ‘Compassionate Christmas’ project, for which they will make phone calls to vulnerable people on Christmas day to help tackle loneliness.

 
Bath College’s Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) students have also been decorating Christmas cards and tree decorations to send to people who have displayed five acts of Christmas kindness.

 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, said: “As a community College we have really pulled together to ensure that our students don’t go without at Christmas, and beyond.

 
Thank you to the B&NES Compassionate Community Hub for their donations of food that are gratefully received. I am immensely proud of all who have made donations, volunteered their time and pitched in to look after one another.”

 
If students have any confidential questions about how to obtain food or essentials from College, they can email xmasbox@bathcollege.ac.uk

 
 
Residents across Bath and North East Somerset can contact the Hub or organisations can refer someone who is in need of help by:

• Calling: 0300 247 0050
• Emailing: BATHNES.thehub@virgincare.co.uk
• Texting: 07870 868368
• Visiting the Website: www.communitywellbeinghub.co.uk www.compassioncb.org.uk
• Following on social media: Twitter – @CWHBANES @compassioncb
 

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Post-pandemic retraining programme launched by Bath College and Bath Spa University

 

At a time of significant economic and social turbulence, Bath College and Bath Spa University are proud to be working together in the creation and launch of RESTART, a post-pandemic recovery package of inclusive skills and reskilling.

 

Now, more so than ever, Bath College and Bath Spa feel passionately that people are not left behind at a time when jobs and futures are being adversely effected.

 

The core aim of RESTART is to ensure that the local community have an accessible opportunity to reskill in order to maximise employment and progression opportunities, whilst giving them the opportunity to maximise their chances of re-employment and/or employment in a new sector by focusing on ‘in demand’ skills from basic to advanced.
 

The programme will benefit those looking to begin new journeys in their careers, those recently made redundant, those recently furloughed or looking to start their own business venture.
 

This ground-breaking workplace skills delivery programme is open to anyone aged 19+ and utilises consistent communication with local employers and businesses about skillsets that they look for when hiring people.
 

Candidates will consider a wide range of pathways to employment and will develop skills within a multitude of business settings to enable them to fill gaps on CVs and progress in the workplace. Learners currently on our programmes are exploring CV masterclasses, Microsoft Office applications, Google Work place apps, resilience, positivity, confidence and job hunting skills with further potential of exploring customer service skills, entrepreneurship, business administration, leadership and management, digital innovation and cyber security at a higher level.
 

Andy Salmon, Pro-Vice Chancellor External at Bath Spa University, said: “Restart teams up Bath’s post-16 education providers for the first time to deliver a joined up programme. Local businesses insist that it is increasingly important for employees to have both hard and soft skills, with the latter focusing on communication, agility, confidence and ability to solve problems.
 

“In fact, soft skills were frequently cited as even more important than more traditional harder skills. When companies did reference harder skills it was digital and business understanding that came out as crucial for building new jobs and career opportunities.
 

“We know that everyone has varying skillsets and objectives, and we are committed to enabling our local communities of learners to bridge those gaps so they can flourish, gaining new relevant skills in these very challenging times.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College, said: “The joint approach between Bath College and Bath Spa University provides a timely and flexible opportunity for those requiring a fresh and different set of technical and employability skill set to secure their current or different future employment.
 

By working together, listening to individual needs and employers’ requirements we can ensure that the reskilling and upskilling courses fit a person’s and industry requisites, so that all in our community can benefit in these difficult times”.
 

Both institutions are proud of this venture and the learners who have already begun the process of building for their futures.
 

If you are interested in your own RESTART, for further information, please contact Bath College Adult Community Learning, acl@bathcollege.ac.uk tel: 01225 328 822

 

Colleges Week SME Leader Survey text

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Small Businesses Call for Urgent Action on Skills

 
At Bath College we were not surprised to hear small business leaders calling for urgent action on skills. We work with hundreds of businesses, large and small across Bath and North East Somerset and the wider West of England region and we understand the challenges they face.

 
Carole StottThis recent national survey of small business leaders conducted by Opinum reveals that more than half (53%) say that COVID-19 is now their key concern. More than two in five (44%) say that the skills gap in their sector is likely to increase because of threats such as COVID-19, and 54% believe that they are going to need to train their workforce to adapt to the opportunities and threats thrown up by the virus. 45% believe that it will become even more difficult to hire people with the right skills once the Brexit transition period has ended, and that the country’s skills gap will only get worse (44%). Seven out of ten businesses surveyed believe in the importance of colleges to tackle this.

 
Developing the skills of their present workforce and providing young people and adult career changers with the skills and talents that will help businesses to be more productive and succeed, is what we do. With more investment we can do more and alongside business organisations we are calling on government to invest and create a more flexible and agile skills system that helps us to be even more responsive to local business needs.

 
If you live in BANES then Bath is your college. We stand ready to do all we can to support our community: young people, adults, businesses, to gain the skills and talents they will need to succeed and thrive. Contact us if you think we could help you or your business. This week Bath College and colleges throughout England celebrate Colleges Week. If you agree that colleges and skills need more investment and support then write to your MP or take to social media using #LoveOurColleges #CollegesWeek

 
– Carole Stott
Chair of Governors, Bath College
 
 

SME LEADERS FEAR NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP THEM PREPARE THEIR WORKFORCE FOR THE END OF THE BREXIT TRANSITION PERIOD

 

  • SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION ON SKILLED WORKFORCE
  • AS THE END OF THE BREXIT TRANSITION PERIOD LOOMS, SMEs BELIEVE NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE SKILLED WORKFORCE THEY NEED
  • OVER HALF OF SMEs STATE, THEY WILL NEED TO RETRAIN THEIR WORKFORCE TO SURVIVE
  • MAJORITY SAY GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PRIORITISE SKILLS BUT NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP
  • BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS STRESS THAN SKILLS WILL BE VITAL SO NEED TO BE PRIORITISED

 

Association of Colleges (AoC) has published its latest bi-annual research showing the majority (68%) of SMEs say that if their business is going to “survive and thrive” then skills must be a top priority for the government.
 

Despite recent high-profile skills speeches and announcements, almost 40% of SME decision-makers say that it is more difficult now than it was five years ago to find employees with the right skills, and 53% still do not think that enough is being done to help them skill and reskill their workforce as we get closer to the end of the Brexit transition period.
 

Almost one in two (45%) believe that it will become even more difficult to hire people with the right skills once the Brexit transition period has ended, and that the country’s skills gap will only get worse (44%).
 

The national survey of SME leaders – conducted by Opinum – also shows that the impact of Brexit is no longer the biggest worry for businesses – more than half (53%) saying that COVID-19 is now their key concern. More than two in five (44%) say that the skills gap in their sector is likely to increase because of threats such as COVID-19, and 54% believe that they are going to need to train their workforce to adapt to the opportunities and threats thrown up by the virus.
 

The study, released to mark Colleges Week (19 – 23 October), shows that seven in 10 (71%) believe colleges are important to business for training and retraining staff. As a business, 39% say they would look to train, retrain or upskill their employees through colleges, compared to 21% who would turn to a university or 13% online courses. A further 44% believe colleges are best placed to skill their future workforce, compared to universities (22%) and schools (21%).
 

Further evidence of the importance of colleges to the UK’s future workforce shows around six in 10 (59%) say that it is important that their business has staff with Level 3 qualifications, all of which can be gained at college.
 

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges said:
 

“The economic recovery has to be skills-led if we are to support businesses and people through this pandemic. It is only through training and retraining that we will be able to make sure that people have the skills they need to keep their jobs and to apply for new ones, and that businesses have the employees they need. Both will allow the country to grow back better.
 

Skills gaps did not emerge in this pandemic, they are long standing challenges which have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the UK nearing the end of the Brexit transition period. Government has rightly expressed its commitment to prioritising skills, but now we need the investment to flow quickly to the right people and places. People and businesses need skills and training as an urgent priority if they are going to survive the coming months, and thrive in the coming years.
 

Colleges in every part of the country provide first-rate education and skills, working on average with more than 750 businesses in their local community, skilling, and reskilling business staff, helping them to overcome the problems of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. Colleges already do so much to support business and they stand ready to do so much more.”
 

Joe Fitzsimons, Senior Policy Advisor, Institute of Directors said:

“Skills are fundamental to business, and the coronavirus outbreak has only made this clearer. However, the pandemic has also put further pressure on a training system that was already in need of an upgrade. For many firms, with uncertain cashflow, it’s proving challenging to invest further in training staff. Business leaders are ready to work with the education sector and government to ensure we can address crucial skills gaps in the months and years ahead, and the UK’s colleges will undoubtedly be a key piece of the puzzle.”
 

British Chambers of Commerce, Head of People Policy, Jane Gratton said:
 

“To remain competitive in a global business environment, employers will need to invest in upskilling and reskilling people at all levels in the workforce. Business communities will want to see greater priority from the government on further education, digital and technical skills and creating a skills system that is more agile and responsive to their training needs. Colleges are key to boosting skills levels in local business communities across the country.”
 

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Student Community Partnership shows continued commitment to protecting community with Covid-19 safety reminder

 

Bath’s Student Community Partnership has sent thousands of students living in the city a ‘Protecting our community together’ Covid-19 flyer.

 

The flyer, part of the partnership’s commitment to stopping the spread of coronavirus in Bath, follows a joint open letter to students last month from the universities and their students’ unions.
 
Delivered to areas with large student populations, the flyer reminds recipients of the importance of following safety measures put in place by both universities and colleges to protect the health of everyone.
 
The flyer was produced by the Student Community Partnership (SCP) – a body representing Bath Spa University and its Students’ Union, the University of Bath and its Students’ Union, Bath College and its Students’ Union, Norland College, and Bath and North East Somerset Council.
 
It complements existing measures that are in place at all university and college campuses in Bath to limit the spread of infection, and to ensure they remain Covid-secure for students, staff and the wider community.
 
Safety measures include social distancing; use of face coverings; increased sanitation points; a mix of face-to-face and online learning; frequent email reminders of Government rules; reducing numbers on public transport and on campuses; using one-way routes and maximum occupancy restrictions; and creating Covid-compliant study and recreation spaces throughout the city.
 
The NHS Covid-19 app is now in operation across campuses, and students and staff have been asked to download it, and scan into buildings each time they enter.
 
All students have been provided with clear instructions on what to do if a member of their household develops symptoms of Covid-19. This includes the entire household going into isolation and reporting it to their respective university or college immediately.
 
Plans are also in place to support students who are self-isolating and can’t leave their home. This includes helping provide food and other essential items along with wellbeing and mental health support.
 
Furthermore, Bath Spa University is encouraging students and staff to commit to the Bath Spa Community Pledge which reinforces the University’s core values and reminds everyone to act respectfully and be compassionate citizens.
 
At Norland College, any breach of its risk mitigation measures will also be considered a breach of the Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities.
 
Both universities and colleges have made extensive Local Outbreak Management plans which detail the procedures they will follow in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak. To see this, and to find out more about Bath Spa University’s Covid-19 advice and to read its FAQs visit www.bathspa.ac.uk/about-us/covid-19-advice.
 
To find out more about the University of Bath’s Covid-19 advice visit www.bath.ac.uk/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.
 
To find out more about Bath College’s Covid-19 measures visit https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84327
 
To find out more about Norland College’s Covid-19 measures and advice visit www.norland.ac.uk/coronavirus-response.
 
Any residents with local community concerns are advised to contact the SCP using the details found on its website: www.scpbath.org.uk/contact-us or phone 01225 383419.
 
 

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Apprenticeship Minister to launch West of England Institute of Technology

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, will be ‘virtually’ opening the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) on Thursday (8th October).

 

The official WEIoT launch will be a virtual event, which brings together all the education institutions and employers that have been involved bringing it to its fruition.
 
In 2019 the first Institutes of Technology (IoT) were selected through a government-led competition and 12 were awarded – the WEIoT was one of these.
 
The WEIoT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the West of England. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council, Leonardo, Rolls Royce and Bamboo Technology.
 
Speaking ahead of her visit, the Apprenticeships Minister said: “I’m looking forward to launching the West of England Institute of Technology and speaking to some of the employers, including GKN Aerospace Services Limited, Mayden Academy and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, who have worked so hard to bring it to life.
 
“Institutes of Technology will be the pinnacle of technical training, offering higher technical STEM education and training in key sectors, such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction and infrastructure, and digital which will be even more important as we build back better from the pandemic. By collaborating with businesses, IoTs can deliver the technical knowledge and practical workplace skills employers are demanding – like nowhere else.
 
“I’m excited to speak to students and staff about the opportunities the IoT will offer them and the wider benefits it will have for the wider community.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, commented: “Bath College is delighted to be part of this ground breaking initiative. The opportunities this will bring to our students through the collaboration with employers and fellow Colleges and university is significant as it brings together the expertise of industry, state of the art resources and strength and depth of Further Education skills delivery. This will be of huge benefit to Bath and North East Somerset, as well as the whole wider region.”

 
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to be launching the WEIoT, and to welcome the Minister to witness the investment that this initiative is bringing. The WEIoT will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis and the WEIoT strength is working collaboratively with other institutes and employers.”
 
In December 2019, the consortium appointed Claire Arbery as the Director of the WEIoT. Claire has been pivotal to the mobilisation of the project, Claire commented on the importance of the investment for the area: “The WEIoT funding has created opportunities for the educational partners to invest in cutting edge technology to provide their learners and employers with facilities to drive forward the developments needed to help build recovery. The focus on technical skills and education offered by the collaborative approach will bring wider benefits and the IoT will be able to support learners who may not have thought that higher level skills training was for them using our digital connectivity to its full potential.”

 
The West of England Combined Authority has also contributed £500.000 towards the project, and this funding has been used to support the digital capability toolkit for the WEIoT, so that all FE partners can be upskilled to deliver digital lessons.

www.weiot.ac.uk
 

 

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Coronavirus FAQs for Love2Learn students

Coronavirus FAQs

 

Please be assured that the safety of our College students and staff is our top priority and will continue to work hard with you to make it a safe place to study.

 

What general measures are the College taking to keep staff and students safe?

  • One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems so that staff and students are able to move around the College safely when they are on site.
  • Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop.
  • Staggering start and finish times: so that students and staff can safely move around the College.
  • Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

 

How will social distancing operate at the College?

  • Try, always, to keep a social distance of 2 metres from all other members of the College community whilst on campus.

    Do not spend more than 15 minutes with any one person even if you are 2 metres apart – this does not include classroom activity.

    Avoid handshaking and other personal greetings

    Attend College only for the purposes of attending lessons. Being on the College site purely for social purposes is not allowed at this time.

  •  

    Do I have to wear a face covering around the building?

    You are required to wear a face covering in corridors and social spaces. As face coverings will be worn in corridors, you can travel in either direction. The one way system signage is in place in case of a localised outbreak.

     

    What personal sanitisation measures will be in place?

    Hand sanitisers available at all entrances to buildings. Follow the rules about regular handwashing throughout the day and use the supplied hand sanitiser. There will be plenty of reminders for you. We would ask that all students wash their hands regularly. This is particularly important before and after breaks and visiting washrooms. Regular sanitising is also recommended especially before entering and upon leaving common areas.

     

    Will the class sizes be smaller?

    All classrooms and workshops have been risk assessed and student course numbers reduced accordingly to allow for social distancing.  This will vary between courses so please do not be surprised if you see a difference as you move around the campuses.

     

    Will I be able to get refreshments on campus?

    We cannot guarantee refreshments at either campus due to refurbishment works.

     

    What happens to my enrolment if I’m unable to attend due to having to self-isolate?

    If you have to self isolate during your course your tutor will liaise with you about any work you can complete at home. If your self isolation means that you are unable to attend for 3 weeks or less, a refund or credit note will not be issued. For any periods of time longer than this, please contact the College.

     

    What should I do if I feel unwell?

    If you feel unwell at College with Covid-19 you must inform your tutor immediately without breaking social distancing rules. You should then go straight home. If you do not feel well enough and are taken ill suddenly, your tutor will call a first-aider who will know what to do.

     

    If you feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms after being at College, you will need to inform the College straight away and arrange a Covid-19 test for yourself. If the result is positive we will need to communicate with those you have been in contact with.

     

    IN EITHER EVENT YOU MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS ANY SYMPTOMS OF SUSPECTED COVID. YOU MUST NOT COME INTO COLLEGE.

     

    Will the College need to shut again due to Covid-19?

    Our opening very much depends on the Government’s guidance and the national and local situations. If there is either a national or localised lockdown we will communicate with each student and put the relevant information on our website.

     

    What will happen if there’s a lockdown that affects Bath College and my course is cancelled?
    We will get in contact with you as soon as possible and advise on the situation. You will also be issued with a credit note if requested for the number of sessions cancelled. The credit note is valid for one year.

     

    Cancelling your enrolment

    If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

     

    Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

     

    Refunds are only given in truly exceptional circumstances such as if a learner leaves on medical grounds supported by a medical certificate. The College reserves the right to make a deduction of £25 or 15% (whichever is the greater) from such reimbursements.

     

    Cancellation of courses by the College not related to COVID-19
    A full refund will only be given when a course is cancelled by the College and will be made within fifteen College working days.
     

    How will social distancing operate at the College?

    Try, always, to keep a social distance of 2 metres from all other members of the College community whilst on campus.

    Do not spend more than 15 minutes with any one person even if you are 2 metres apart – this does not include classroom activity.

    Avoid handshaking and other personal greetings

    Attend College only for the purposes of attending lessons. Being on the College site purely for social purposes is not allowed at this time.


    Do I have to wear a face covering around the building?

    You are required to wear a face covering in corridors and social spaces. As face coverings will be worn in corridors, you can travel in either direction. The one way system signage is in place in case of a localised outbreak.


    What personal sanitisation measures will be in place?

    Hand sanitisers available at all entrances to buildings. Follow the rules about regular handwashing throughout the day and use the supplied hand sanitiser. There will be plenty of reminders for you. We would ask that all students wash their hands regularly. This is particularly important before and after breaks and visiting washrooms. Regular sanitising is also recommended especially before entering and upon leaving common areas.


    Will the class sizes be smaller?

    All classrooms and workshops have been risk assessed and student course numbers reduced accordingly to allow for social distancing.  This will vary between courses so please do not be surprised if you see a difference as you move around the campuses.


    Will I be able to get refreshments on campus?

    We cannot guarantee refreshments at either campus due to refurbishment works.

     

    What happens to my enrolment if I’m unable to attend due to having to self-isolate?

    If you have to self isolate during your course your tutor will liaise with you about any work you can complete at home. If your self isolation means that you are unable to attend for 3 weeks or less, a refund or credit note will not be issued. For any periods of time longer than this, please contact the College.

     

    What should I do if I feel unwell?

    If you feel unwell at College with Covid-19 you must inform your tutor immediately without breaking social distancing rules. You should then go straight home. If you do not feel well enough and are taken ill suddenly, your tutor will call a first-aider who will know what to do.

     

    If you feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms after being at College, you will need to inform the College straight away and arrange a Covid-19 test for yourself. If the result is positive we will need to communicate with those you have been in contact with.

     

    IN EITHER EVENT YOU MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS ANY SYMPTOMS OF SUSPECTED COVID. YOU MUST NOT COME INTO COLLEGE.


    Will the College need to shut again due to Covid-19?

    Our opening very much depends on the Government’s guidance and the national and local situations. If there is either a national or localised lockdown we will communicate with each student and put the relevant information on our website.

     

    What will happen if there’s a lockdown that affects Bath College and my course is cancelled?
    We will get in contact with you as soon as possible and advise on the situation. You will also be issued with a credit note if requested for the number of sessions cancelled. The credit note is valid for one year.


    Cancelling your enrolment

    If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

     

    Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

     

    Refunds are only given in truly exceptional circumstances such as if a learner leaves on medical grounds supported by a medical certificate. The College reserves the right to make a deduction of £25 or 15% (whichever is the greater) from such reimbursements.

     

    Cancellation of courses by the College not related to COVID-19
    A full refund will only be given when a course is cancelled by the College and will be made within fifteen College working days.
     

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    Start of term information for FE students

     

    Start of Term Information – Study Programmes

     

    Key Dates for Term 1
    Induction Week 7th-11th September
    Start of course teaching 14th September onwards
    Half Term 26th–30th October
    End of Term 11th December
    Induction Week
    During the first week of term, we will be spending time, letting you know all about the course you have chosen and what other things you’ll be doing during your time at College. It is an opportunity to:
    • Get to know the other students in your groups
    • Find your way around the College
    • Get used to your journeys to and from College
    • Meet your Tutor
    • Ask any questions you may have


    Course Teaching – the first six weeks

    As the course teaching starts and the lecturers start covering the subject matter you should see it as an opportunity to impress. During the first 5 or 6 weeks, we will be looking at your performance and seeing whether you are on the right course and/or the right level. This will involve some assessments but your lecturers will prepare you well for them.
    This time is vital for us to see what skills and talents you have, particularly those that are not always obvious when looking at a person’s GCSE results. Make this time count!!!
    Course Changes
    We realise that sometimes people choose a course they think they are interested in but may change their minds about it. If this happens to you, talk to us and we will ensure that we give you advice and guidance as to what to do next. Provided it’s practically possible, you may change your course choice in the first 6 weeks though we’ll want to talk to you about if first.
    Your Voice
    During this time we will be particularly interested in how you are settling into College and what your opinions are about your experiences so we’ll be asking you to tell us on a few occasions. We care what you think!

    Teaching, Learning & Assessment

    Lessons: Most courses are likely to have combination of face to face and online learning for at least the first term. There may be funds available for students eligible for bursaries to access IT to enable them to do this.
    Please expect some of your learning to be online. We will try and maximise the amount of time you will spend at College but there will be times in the week where you cannot and we will guide you as to what you should do.
    Class sizes: Will be smaller than usual and will be dictated by the room size and how we can follow social distancing guidelines.
    Student bubbles: We will be keeping students in ‘bubbles’ with their classmates where possible.
    Social space: We will need to minimise the number of students in our social spaces so there will be less available for the first term as we need to prioritise the spaces for our more vulnerable students.
    Welcome forms: We will be asking you to fill out a short form when you first come into College to tell us that you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, that no-one in your household does and that you will tell us if the situation changes.

    Student Support and Welfare

    Safeguarding and welfare: Despite restrictions on us during this time, we are committed to keeping up our excellent student support and will be amending our safeguarding and welfare processes in order to take into account blended learning.
    Student bursaries such as free college meals and transport assistance are still available for those who qualify so please contact our Student Advice Centre on info@bathcollege.ac.uk if you need further information.

    Covid-19

    College Campuses

    One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems at the College that we will need to use if the Covid-19 situation in the South West becomes more serious. For the meantime, we are asking all students and staff to wear face coverings in corridors and social areas.
    Face coverings: We will be supplying each learner a washable face covering and a small hand sanitiser bottle. The Government’s current guidance (as of 26.08.2020) is that face coverings may now required in educational settings in corridors and social areas, though each school/college can decide if they wish to do this. The College, has decided that we will be asking you to wear a face covering (you may bring your own if you wish) in some lessons, in corridors and in social spaces. Unless you have informed us of a reason why you can’t wear a face covering, you must do so when you are asked.
    Please note, you will not be able to get on public transport OR a College bus if you do not have a face covering. If you cannot wear one and need to use a College bus please let us know straight away via closure@bathcollege.ac.uk

    We are sending out a survey this week that you will be able to fill in to tell us if you have any medical reason why you cannot wear a face covering. We will help you with this so do let us know.

    Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop. The best way to combat the spread of any virus including Covid-19 is to wash your hands. We are making our toilets safer by turning off hand dryers and supplying you with paper towels. Wash your hands often!

    Staggering start and finish times: so that you and the staff can safely move around the College we have changed our planned start times. This means that being punctual is very important.
    Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus we are increasing the amount of cleaning we are doing around the College including toilets, door handles, photocopiers etc.
    Cleaning your own table and equipment: at the end of your lessons it is likely that you will be asked to wipe down your desk, keyboard etc before you leave. This is for hygiene purposes and we will provide you with materials to do this safely.
    If you don’t remember anything else remember this….
    STOP!
    1. HANDS have you washed your hands?
    2. DISTANCE be disciplined, keep 1m apart!
    3. MASKS wear a mask when you’re asked!
    4. THINK always think of others!

     

     

    FAQs


    What happens if I forget my face covering and a teacher asks us to wear one?

    We will be keeping disposable face coverings at College though we will expect you to remember to bring the one the College gave you and an alternative if that one is being washed.


    I have a breathing issue and cannot wear a face covering – what should I do?

    Tell us! We will not force you to use a face covering as long as we know that you can’t. We will issue you with a card to use behind your I.D. badge so that you can show it if you are challenged.


    My IT set up at home means that I cannot learn online – what should I do?

    If you cannot get online at all because you do not have a device or internet access, again, tell us and we will try to help.


    There is someone vulnerable in my household and I am worried about coming to College.

    Again, let us know and we can advise you. Either tell the member of the curriculum staff who has been in contact with you, email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk or info@bathcollege.ac.uk.
    If in doubt…talk to us

    Alice Rocketmakers Apprentice

    Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

    Case Study: Alice McNeil – Software Development Apprentice

     

    Bath College partnered up with Mayden Academy to provide a 16 week intensive training course as the front-loaded training component of an 18 month Software Development Apprenticeship, with BCS as the awarding body.
     
    Alice is currently working as a BCS Level 4 Software Development Apprentice at local software company, Rocketmakers. She is really enjoying her apprenticeship so we spoke to her to find out all about it.
     
     
    Who is your employer?

    Rocketmakers, they are a small/medium sized Software Development company based in Bath.
     
    Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

    I knew I wanted to start designing and creating applications as quickly as possible. The structure of this apprenticeship meant that after my full-stack bootcamp course at Mayden Academy, I could be contributing to real projects in just 16 weeks. I graduated
    from Mayden on Friday and I was working on one of Rocketmakers biggest projects on Monday. The best part of the apprenticeship scheme is knowing I had a job lined up, where I could learn and progress my skills within the industry.
     
    What do you do in a typical day on your Apprenticeship?

    My days aren’t any different from the developers I work alongside. We work in an agile structure, so I will most likely pick up a ticket from our JIRA board and set about completing and testing it. We have regular team stand ups so we can support each other and
    identify any blockers. I am also involved in our Design team so some of my days might include UI redesigns or UX planning meetings.
     
    What drew you to Software Development?

    Curiosity I suppose, I was wanting to create bigger and better things but I was being restricted by the tools I was using. I could design a website or app graphically but I wanted it to come to life. I wanted my designs to be animated, activated and usable by real users.
    For me software development is still a mystery, it’s almost unbelievable that I can create user interfaces that are used by real customers and that I can fix and break and, for the most part, understand. It’s a whole other world of problem solving and creation,
    anything is possible with code.
     
    What do you want to do after you complete your Apprenticeship?

    After my apprenticeship I would like to continue creating new and interesting applications at Rocketmakers. I have already started my journey into expanding my design knowledge, I even received the Creative Bath: Young Creative 2020 award last week.
     
    What advice would you give students who are looking into doing an Apprenticeship?

    My only advice is to take the opportunity – as long as it is a good fit for you; apprenticeships will give you education, qualifications and industry experience, all of which will appeal to future employers.
     
    You must make sure you find a good company that is prepared to support you for the duration of your apprenticeship and give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills. You want the company to be a great fit for you as you are for them.
     
    Opportunities are always offered to apprentices but don’t be afraid to take chances and be noticed – the outcome might surprise you and the people you work with.
     
    What are your aspirations when your apprenticeship is complete?

    I don’t have any grand plans unfortunately! I am excited to continue learning the endless possibilities software development offers and to further develop my designing skills. I love taking creative lead on projects and enabling my team to be the best they can.
     
    My overall goal is to keep on this journey, take every opportunity and enjoy it!

     
     
    If you would like any more information on apprenticeships with Bath College, or would like to register your interest, click here.
     

    News

    Bath College Tendering Opportunity: Institute of Technology Facilities

     

    Bath College has an exciting opportunity for a contractor to work on our new Institute of Technology Refurbishment. Please read below to find out more and how to apply.

     

    Institute Of Technology Facilities (Project Ref: IOT 2020)

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are invited from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to undertake refurbishment and fit out works at the Bath College City Centre Campus.

     

    Contracting Body:

    Bath College

     

    Contract Description:

    The work comprise the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the fourth and fifth floors of the McCauley building in the city centre to create new Institute Of Technology Facilities learning facilities.

     

    Contract Value:

    The construction work net cost is circa £1m, excluding VAT.

     

    Outline Programme:

    Tender 14th Sept to 23rd Oct 2020,  Works: 23rd Nov 2020 to 17th March 2021  (dates may be subject to change)

     

    Form of Contract:

    JCT Design and Build 2016 contract.

     

    Procurement Route:

    EOI responses will be evaluated to established a tender list of four to five contractors.  Those shortlisted contractors will be invited to participate in a single stage D&B tender competition.

     

    EOI Closing Date:

    EOIs need to be submitted by 12:00 noon Friday 4th September 2020.

     

    Contact for EOI Package:

    Mary Wisker   (mary.wisker@bathcollege.ac.uk)

     

    EOI to be submitted to:

    Mary Wisker   (mary.wisker@bathcollege.ac.uk)

     

    Background:

    Bath College welcomes EOIs from suitably qualified and experienced building/fit-out refurbishment contractors who have a track record of working in the FE or wider educational sector.  If you wish to express an interest in participating in this tender competition please email Mary Wisker (mary.wisker@bathcollege.ac.uk) to request an EOI application pack.   EOIs received by the closing deadline will be evaluated and a short list of four to five contractors will be invited to tender.  The EOI stage will require that you complete a PAS 91 questionnaire to demonstrate numerous competencies along with responses to x3 supplementary questions to understand your experience of delivering construction related works within the FE sector.

     

    Announcement, News

    College information for September

     

    Now that students have enrolled for the coming academic year at Bath College, we have put together a brief overview of how we are handling the new term amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. We will, of course, be giving you lots more information in the run up to the start of term but in the meantime, these are the measures Bath College has taken to help minimise the risk of Coronavirus and keep students and staff safe.
     

    College Campuses

    One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems so that staff and students are able to move around the College safely when they are on site.
    Face coverings: We will be supplying each learner a washable face covering to use when they are travelling to and from College and a small hand sanitiser bottle. We will not be asking students to wear face coverings at College unless the Government’s guidance to schools and colleges changes.
    Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop.
    Staggering start and finish times: so that students and staff can safely move around the College.
    Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
     

    Teaching, Learning & Assessment

    Lessons: Most courses are likely to have combination of face to face and online learning for at least the first term. There may be funds available for students eligible for bursaries to access IT to enable them to do this. On the week commencing the 17th August, we will begin to send out more specific information on what your young persons lessons will look like as well as key dates to remember.
    Class sizes: Will be smaller than usual and will be dictated by the room size and how we can follow social distancing guidelines.
    Student bubbles: We will be keeping students in ‘bubbles’ with their classmates where possible.
    Social space: We will need to minimise the number of students in our social spaces so there will be less available for the first term.
     

    Student Support

    Safeguarding and welfare: Despite restrictions on us during this time, we are committed to keeping up our excellent student support and will be amending our safeguarding and welfare processes in order to take into account blended learning.
    Student bursaries such as free college meals and transport assistance are still available for those who qualify so please contact our Student Advice Centre on info@bathcollege.ac.uk if you need further information.
     
    We will be back in touch between now and the start of term with a lot more information for you but if you would like to ask us any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal and Jon Domaille, Assistant Principal – Learner Journey & Customer Relations at closure@bathcollege.ac.uk. This will be monitored from Wednesday 12th August 2020 onwards.
     
    We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.
     

    Access HE NHS students

    News, Student Spotlight

    New remote Access to HE course perfect pathway to NHS Careers

     
    Bath College have put together a new Access to Higher Education Health and Social Care Diploma that is taught through distance learning, so learners can complete the course from home.
     
    Future medical professionals have always found the Access to Higher Education course at Bath College a fantastic way to achieve their career ambitions, however by adding a distance learning option it allows more people to be able to take advantage by working flexibly around their commitments.
     
    Hopeful physiotherapists, optometrists, midwives, paramedics, midwives and paediatricians are among students who have completed Access to HE at Bath College in recent years.
     
    Stephanie gained a place at UWE to study Physiotherapy. She said: “The access course has given me the skills needed to go to university. Before I never thought it’d be possible.
     
    “As I’m older and have been out of education for a long time, the idea of writing an essay was really daunting! The Access Course has built up my skills and confidence in doing that.
     
    “I completed an A-level in Biology when I was in college at 18 with a poor grade, as I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the content, but the Access Course at Bath College has made it a lot easier to understand and I am now getting distinctions throughout science.”
     
    The Access to Higher Education course is for anyone 19 or older and lasts a year. On the course they study core subjects of English, Maths and study skills, together with subjects related to the degree choice.
     
    Jasmine studied Psychology, Sociology and Biology alongside the core subjects. She gained a place to study Child’s nursing at Cardiff University.
     
    “Before I came on this course I had just come back from traveling a wide range of countries and before that I worked as a Toddler Room Leader at a Nursery, particularly working 1:1 with a little boy with disabilities.
     
    “I am now looking forward to the fact in 3 years’ time I will be a qualified children’s nurse and be able to begin my dream job for life, helping young people.”
     
    Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students:
     
    “We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
     
    Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
     
    “College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to college. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
     
    “The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
     
    “It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
     
    If you would like more information about Bath College’s new Access to Higher Education Health & Social Care course click here.
     

    Announcement, News

    Proposal for city centre innovation centre on Bath College campus gets £300k boost

    I-START is a collaboration between Bath College, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA)

     

    I-START is designed to help local people to gain new skills and re-train for roles in the creative and digital sectors. It also aims to provide a more flexible approach to learning which will fit around people’s busy lives, making it more accessible to those without traditional qualifications. This would help more people from diverse social and educational backgrounds gain new skills, leading to high quality jobs in the creative and digital sectors.
     
    The plan is to create an innovation centre – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK – on Bath College’s City Centre campus. As well as training, the innovation centre will also work with businesses, helping them develop new ideas.
     
    The West of England Combined Authority approved the outline business case and agreed to invest £300,000 to develop and design the project further. This will including a review of the plans in light of Covid-19.
     
    West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I am keen to ensure that all our residents, whatever their background or challenges, can realise their potential by gaining the digital skills our region needs in future.
     
    “This focus on future digital skills is now more important than ever as we look at our region’s economic renewal, coming out of Covid-19. By offering people more training opportunities that will help them to develop the right skills that our region’s businesses need, we can give them the best possible chances to re-train and up-skill in their chosen careers.”
     
    The I-START project involves a ground-breaking collaboration between the college, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
     
    Councillor Tim Ball, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, said: “Now we are in the recovery phase of COVID-19, giving people the right skills to meet the demands of the future will be key to the economic recovery of Bath and North East Somerset as a whole. I’m pleased that the I-START project will take an inclusive approach to opening up further and higher education to more people in our region.”
     
    I-START’s learning space would be co-located with innovative start-up businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (via the SETsquared University of Bath Innovation Centre), the Institute of Coding and research & knowledge exchange – spanning the digital and creative economy, robotics, social science and the arts – leading to collaboration between partners, students and businesses.
     
    The proposed training centre would be based next to Bath Quays, with its excellent links across the region; giving students access to growing businesses looking to expand their workforces. By 2027, it is expected that 55% of UK jobs will require higher level qualifications.
     
    Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, said: “We are delighted that the I-START Outline Business Case has been approved, and look forward to working with WECA and our project partners to continue to develop our plans. I’d like to thank all those involved for their hard work in getting the project to this stage.
     
    “What we’re jointly proposing is a genuinely exciting prospect for our city, expanding the University’s world-leading SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre, improving access to our research and expertise in areas of value to the City, creating Bath’s first digital labs to accommodate new and growing businesses, and building on our experience as educational providers to enhance the future prospects of the City as a location for inward investment.
     
    “Not only is this a project exactly what the city will need as we look to bounce back from the economic impacts of Covid19, but it will benefit our city for years to come.”
     
    Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, Laurel Penrose, said: “We are delighted to be part of such a great partnership. At Bath College we are always striving to identify and address the needs of local people and employers.
     
    We look forward to the development of the innovation centre at our City Centre Campus and welcoming a whole new cohort of students.”
     
    Professor Andy Salmon, Pro Vice Chancellor External, Bath Spa University on behalf of Vice Chancellor Sue Rigby, said: “It is fitting that this exciting inclusive growth project is the first time that the four essential Bath partners have combined their national and international leading strengths in skills, innovation, and business start up. The revolutionary part of this programme is its ability to make ambitious and necessary connections across disciplines and business opportunities at the very moment when our skills and core purposes are undergoing radical shift. This project gives us the opportunity for the city and region to move forward rapidly harnessing the formidable capacity of one great College and two excellently complimentary Universities.”
     
    I-START will help meet the objectives set out in the West of England Local Industrial Strategy and Employment and Skills Plan.
     

    News, Student Spotlight, Students Union

    Innovative students put on virtual festival

     

    Bath College have recently elected their Students’ Union for academic year 2020/21.
     
    The panel of students, led by returning Students’ Union President, Dan Ball, thought that the lockdown was no reason not to ensure that everyone got to celebrate the end of term.
     
    The new Students’ Union members are Amy Curtis, Higher Education Officer, Emily Styles, Equality & Diversity Officer and Gemma Valentine and Eloise Lane, Events & Activities Officers. They hope to add more officers to their team with new students in September.
     
    LINEUP College Sound WaveCollege Soundwave Festival showcased music from Bath College bands, alumni and local acts as well as performing arts, wellbeing tips and relaxation techniques such as street food and massage tutorials.
     
    Students shared their favourite College memories and entered festival themed competitions, including sharing images of what ‘festival’ meant to them.
     
    Also invited to the virtual event were all students starting in September, who got the opportunity to ‘hang out’ online with the new Students’ Union and ask questions about student life at Bath College.
     
    The online event was attended by 150 students and was a very reassuring afternoon after what has been an uncertain time for young people.
     
    Your students' union 2020 - May 2020Dan Ball, Students’ Union President commented: “I’m really pleased to have been voted in as SU President for a second year. It’s great to have a new team of officers and together we put on an event that was really beneficial to the students, who have been very anxious studying from home.
     
    “I really enjoyed meeting all the new students who are starting in September and hope we gave them a taste of College life.”
     
    The event was such a success the new SU plan to re-run the event on GCSE results day to bring celebration to a cohort of students who have had their exams so disrupted.
     

    Announcement, News

    College Reopening Info for Further Education Students

    College reopening

     

    Please note all plans are subject to any changes the Government might make around social distancing, travelling and education provision.
     

    We have considered very carefully our strategy in reopening the College in light of Government guidance. The safety of all our College community has been at the forefront of our work in managing closure, lockdown and now return. It is with this in mind that we are taking a very cautious, staged approach.
     

    Our focus for the rest of the summer term will continue to be on developing and delivering remote learning, with an additional emphasis on providing one-to-one or small group support.
     

    There will also be the potential from the 1st July for curriculum areas who need to do practical work to invite in students, obviously with social distancing measures in place. Where we have students who are struggling to access remote learning, or need specific support, we will also provide the opportunity for some of them to attend.
     

    Please look at the guidance below so that you can identify which parts are relevant to you.
     

    1) If you are at the end of your first year and will be returning in September

    Please continue to check your emails over the coming weeks as you may be invited to re-enrol for September by using our online, virtual enrolment process. You may also be contacted by your tutor to discuss your options.
     

    2) If you are at the end of your course and are not returning

    Please liaise with your tutor or course leader about the most appropriate time to return any college owned items or collect any portfolio work or personal belongings. You will not be allowed to access college without prior permission and consent by the college.
     
    3) If you are at the end of your course and want to go onto a new course in September
     

    You need to ensure that you have applied online via the college website for the course you wish to begin in September. You can email us on info@bathcollege.ac.uk or contact us on our live web chat service on our website if you have any questions regarding this. Once you have applied, you will be advised of your next steps. If you want to explore various options, why not register for our virtual open day on the 30th June where you can explore everything we have to offer and get some more advice.
     

    4) If you are at the end of your course but still need to do some assessments before you finish

    You may be invited to come into College after July 1st so please look out for some communication from your Tutor or Lecturer.
     

    5) If you are an applicant to the College and will be starting in September.
     

    Please continue to check your emails as we will be touch as soon as possible with important information about how you can safely enroll at Bath College for your start in September.
     

    Further information

    Students who will be invited to return to College for some classes

    • Only a very limited number of students will be asked to attend College. If you are not contacted directly by someone from the College, you should not attend.
    • You will be told when to come in and you need to stick to those times for everyone’s safety.
    • You should only come into College after being invited if you are able to get here safely – your tutor will talk to you about this.
    • If you are under 18 we will ask your parent/carer to confirm they agree for you to come in.We recognise that not all students may wish to return at the current time and that some may not be able to due to health conditions or for the protection of family members. Attendance at College will therefore not be mandatory, and students will continue to be able to access learning remotely. Students will not be penalised if they are not able to attend classes.
       

      Travel

    • Government guidance is currently to avoid the use of public transport where possible. We recognise that some of you will be reliant on public transport to get to College and before agreeing to come in you should talk to your family and Lecturer/Tutor about this.
    • We recommend, if possible, that you ask someone in your own household to give you a lift to College
    • The College bus service will be operating but on a revised and limited service.
    • We have been working with the bus company to devise a timetable based around the revised College days and the demand on routes from students.
  • The maximum number of students able to travel on an individual bus will be reduced significantly so that all passengers are able to practice appropriate social distancing.
  • We must know if advance if you are planning to use the service so that we can plan routes. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire regarding travel to groups that we will be inviting to return by email. Please ensure you return this questionnaire.
  • No passes will be issued. Passage will be on a pay-as-you-go basis and we will send you details of this if you are invited in.
  • If you are in receipt of a travel bursary will continue to receive this if you are asked to come into College.
     

    College Facilities

    Not all College facilities will be available when we reopen, please see below:
     

    Facilities open:

    • LRC – limited spaces
    • Student Welfare
    • Student Services
    • IT services
    • First-Aid

     

    Facilities which will not be open:

    • Cafes: You must bring your own food and drink to College unless you are entitled to free College meals.
    • Sanctuary, although alternative provision will be available.

     

    5) Other changes and restrictions

    There will a number of other changes put in place to ensure the safety of member of both the College and the wider community and to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. You will be expected to adhere to an additional Code of Conduct when you are at College.
     

    COVID code of conduct

    In the interests of public health and in order to keep all members of the College community safe, we have developed a COVID code of conduct for students which will remain in place until the requirement for social distancing is removed. Students will not be allowed to return to College unless they have verified that they have read and agreed to this code of conduct. If this is broken in any way, the student will be immediately asked to leave the College campus and disciplinary action will be taken. The code of conduct is here: Code of Conduct COVID19
     

  • Announcement, News

    Kickstart your Bath College Journey now

     

    Did you know, if you’re a full-time student coming to Bath College in September, you can start preparing for your course now?
     
    Our lecturers have been working to produce a selection of tasks to get you thinking, inspire you and keep you busy between now and when you start college.
     
    What is the expectation?

    Whilst these tasks will not be assessed as part of your course, we really encourage you to give them a go. They will provide you a real kick start to your course and enable you to use your time positively over the coming weeks.
     
    How do I request my task?

    Simply email admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk with the name of the course you have been offered a place on and we will respond directly to you with your tasks.
     

    What If I have a question?

    Just get in touch with us on admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk directly, we are here to help.
     
     

    Dan SU President

    News, Students Union

    Q&A with Dan: What it’s like to be Student Union President

    Dan Ball is the Student Union President at Bath College. He applied for the role after he completed a year as Vice President, which he did around his Public Services course.
     
    He wanted to share his experience with any students considering applying for a position on the 2020/21 Students’ Union.

     

    Why did you sign up for the Students’ Union?

    I signed up when I was sill a student to be Vice President because I wanted to make a difference within the college from the students’ voice. At the end of my college course, I wanted to be President because I wanted to expand my career within the Students’ Union and gain much experience as possible.
     

    What does your role involve?

    My role involves running campaigns with the participation team, running the Students Union and leading the Student Voice. I attend Learner Voice meetings which is where course reps come and contribute to changes they want around college.
     

    Since being an officer, what has been your highlight?

    My highlight has been meeting new students and getting to know them and how they are enjoying their course.
     

    What have you learnt since being part of the Students’ Union?

    I have learnt that being part of the Students’ Union is enjoyable and that it is worth doing as it builds up a good CV.
     
    What advice what you give to someone that is thinking of running to become an officer in the Students’ Union?

    Joining the SU will enable you to work as a team, meet new people, volunteer and build up your CV. I would recommend planning your election campaign with reasons why you would like to represent the student voice. Give it ago and take the opportunity while it’s there!!
     
     
    To find out all about the 2020/21 roles, click here
     

     

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    Q&A with Media student Joe for Autism Awareness Month

     
    As part of the Students’ Union campaign to support Autism Awareness Month, we spoke to Joe who is currently studying Media at Bath College and wanted to share his experience of autism with fellow students.
     

    Hello my name is Joe I am 18 years old and I study Media Level 2 and I have autism.
     
    What interests/hobbies do you have?

    I love watching anime, my favourite one is My Hero Academia. I love spending time with my family and talking to my friends and I love music.
     
    When were you diagnosed with autism? Has it made a difference to your life?

    I was 4 years old when I was diagnosed with autism and to be honest I was too young to understand what it meant until I was old enough to understand at first people used to bully me because of my needs and now I’m trying to get people to accept me for who I am.
     
    What’s the best thing about having autism?

    The best bit about autism is honestly the smartness that you get and when you work hard (but not too hard) then the brain grows and grows with new information.
     
    What do you find challenging about having autism?

    The challenge of it was the bullying and the hate I had because of my autism and also when people joke about things and I take them way too seriously.
     
    What advice would you give others with autism about college life?

    My tip to everyone who is reading this and who has autism is be more confident when you meet new people because the friends you make will make a huge positive impact in your life and trust me I have been there.
     
    Who is your role model and why?

    I have two role models:
     
    Post Malone: because his music made a huge impact in my life and made me think the positive not the negatives and that’s how I got to love music even more than when I was younger
     
    Izuku Midoriya: he is my favourite character from My Hero Academia because no matter how hard your life gets you gotta keep pushing your confidence and positivity and then it all pays off.
     
    What are you planning to do next year?

    I am thinking of doing music Level 2 next year.
     
    What’s your favourite quote?

    Peace, Love and positivity regardless of Race, Religion, Colour, Creed and Sexual Orientation. Logic (2017)
     
     
    Thanks to Joe for taking the time to share his Q&A with us.
     
     

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