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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.

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    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.
     

    Announcement, News

    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
     

     

    News, Student Spotlight, Students Union

    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.
     
     

    Apprenticeships, News

    COVID 19 – Apprentice and Employer FAQs

     

    Bath College is committed to supporting our apprentices and employers to progress with their programmes during the COVID-19 outbreak.
     
    We are continuously investigating new and exciting way to ensure that apprentices are provided with a high quality learning experience during these challenging times.
     
    This resource has been designed to support our apprentices and employers by providing detailed information on a range of circumstances which you may be facing related to your apprenticeship programme.
     
    If you cannot find your answers here please send your questions to your assessor who will pass it on to our Apprenticeship team who will ensure that you query is answered
     

    Bath College approach to supporting Apprentices during COVID-19

     
    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way. This is designed, where possible to prevent a break in learning and avoid an apprenticeship programme needing to be resumed at a later date. This will allow apprentices to continue with their learning and complete as planned.
     
    The Bath College approach to learning and assessment in the current situation is:
    • Delivering training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable
    • Using remote end-point assessment arrangements wherever practicable and possible
    • Ensuring that apprentices ready for assessment, but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues, can have their end-point assessment rescheduled.
    • Providing extensions to the assessment timeframe if Gateway needs to be delayed
    • Confirming that, where apprentices are made redundant, it is our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks
     
    Please note we may update these details from time to time as we continue to be informed by the ESFA.
     

    Frequently asked questions and further information

     
    These questions and answers will be updated regularly in line with advice from central government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).
     
    For queries not covered by this guidance, please contact apprenticeships@bathcollege.ac.uk to speak with one of the Bath College Apprenticeships team or contact the National Apprenticeship Service helpline who can be contacted by telephone on 0800 150 600 or email helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk.
     
    This section covers anything that affects how learning will be conducted and learning activity that will be carried out.
     

    Changes to learning and employment

     
    1. If I need to self-isolate, what will happen to my apprenticeship?
    If you need to self-isolate, please talk to your employer and assessor about the best way to continue with your apprenticeship.
     
    Options include:

    • an increase in online learning
    • a short pause of less than 4 weeks in your apprenticeship while you are in self- isolation. This will not affect the planned end-date of your apprenticeship
    • re-scheduling a planned end point assessment activity for a later date.
     
    The appropriate steps will be agreed based on you and your employer/training provider’s situation.
     
    2. I need to take care of myself/a family member. Can I continue my apprenticeship learning at home?
     
    Yes, this will be possible using online learning and telephone/video conferencing support. Please contact your assessor for further information.
     
    3. My employer is enforcing a work from home policy and my classroom provision has been withdrawn. What are my options?
     
    • Bath College will provide digital or distance learning solutions in most cases.
    • In unique cases, agreed with the college, you can take a short pause if it is likely your apprenticeship can resume in less than 4 weeks, and you will still be able to complete your apprenticeship by the planned end-date.
     
    Please talk to your assessor to agree the right approach for you.
     
    4. My employer is asking me to take a period of unpaid leave/furlough, what happens to my apprenticeship during that time?
     
    Where you are no longer able to work, but have not been made redundant, you can continue with your apprenticeship and resume practical work when you return to work. Please get in touch with your assessor who will ensure that remote learning is in place. Once you are back at work, you can resume the practical elements of your apprenticeship.
     
    You should refer any queries around terms and conditions, including wages, to your employer in the first instance. We would also ask employers to consider using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before making apprentices redundant.
     
    The ACAS website may also be a good source of information.
     
    5. What happens to the apprentice during a period of unpaid leave in terms of monies. Do they have access to Universal Credit?
     
    Universal Credit may be available for both workers and the unemployed alike, as long as they meet the other conditions of entitlement (including that the applicant and their partner have savings of under £16,000 between them). Apprentices may be entitled to access Universal Credit during a period of unpaid leave. They may also have access to Universal Credit even if they were working and being paid. Being laid off or on a lesser number of hours could increase the rate of Universal Credit entitlement.
     
    Apprentices on unpaid leave may also be eligible for other benefits.
     
    Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
     
    6. How do I record progress towards my apprenticeship while I am subject to different working conditions like working from home?
     
    You will already be recording your off-the-job training activity using an approach agreed with your assessor. Please continue to use this in the coming weeks. If your work circumstances change because of COVID-19, so that the minimum 20% off the job cannot be met in the workplace, you will need to liaise with your employer and assessor to agree other relevant distance learning that can be completed during normal working hours, that compliments your apprenticeship programme.
     
    7. My employer is laying me off/making me redundant. What happens to my apprenticeship?
     
    Please speak to your assessor who will report the situation to our Apprenticeships Manager. If you are made redundant, your apprenticeship training will still be able to continue. Your assessor will still be able to offer training, based on your circumstances, in the short term. The college will support you in finding a new employer as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks. All attempts will be made by the college to work with your current employer to look at all options to avoid any redundancy situation.
     
    We would urge all employers to consider using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
     
    8. If I can’t work/attend training, will I still be paid?
     
    An apprenticeship is a job with training, so even when you are not able to do your training, you are still employed. You will be paid in line with the details in your employment contract.
     
    Where you are unable to work, we suggest speaking to your employer about their polices on pay. The government is providing a range of support to employers to help them retain and pay the wages of employees (including apprentices) during the coming months.
     
    9. Due to business continuity measures all staff are required to be available at their usual place of work. How can apprentices continue their learning?
     
    If apprentices are unable to attend their scheduled learning events, there are several options available to you:
    • Bath College will be providing apprentices with high quality digital or distance learning opportunities to continue with their training. This will continue to go towards their off the job hours and improve their overall skills. The apprentice will need to be provided with time to complete this work during their normal working week.
    • they could be offered additional on-site mentor support and shadowing
    • they could take a short pause in their learning of less than four weeks while still completing by their planned end-date
    Please speak with your assessor to plan the best approach for your circumstances.
     
    10. I am having to move staff into different and/or business critical roles that aren’t related to their apprenticeship. What happens to their apprenticeship?

     
    It is our goal that apprentices can promptly resume their apprenticeship and continue to successful completion of end-point assessment. In these cases, the apprentice can continue to works towards their apprenticeship programme and distance learning will be provided to continue to deliver all knowledge and theory elements of the current programme. This will need to be monitored closely by their assessor so please keep in contact with them during this time.
     
    If that move becomes permanent, you should look to see which alternative apprenticeship your apprentice can transfer to.
     
    Please speak with your assessor if this situation is affecting you.
     
    11. What do I do if I think an apprentice is not well enough to work (especially in a health setting)?
     
    Employers should follow the government’s guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).
     
    12. I am a non-levy paying employer recruiting for/having apprentices due to start. Can I still go ahead?
     
    Yes. Please take guidance from the college as you would for an apprenticeship start in any other circumstances. We will need to enrol your apprentices remotely via skype/phone but a full information, advice and guidance session will still take place ensuring a successful and well planned start for your apprentices.
     
    13. What happens to my funding reservation as a non-levy employer, if my apprentice can’t start?
     
    Reservations will expire if they are not turned into a commitment within 3 months of the apprenticeship start date, detailed in the reservation. Where a commitment is needed, and a previous reservation has expired, a new reservation must first be made.
     
    14. Should employers use the ‘Stop’ or ‘Pause’ apprentice facility in the apprenticeship service?
     
    In circumstances related to COVID-19, employers should use the ‘Pause’ function in the service once they have consulted and agreed this with the college. Employers must only use the ‘Stop’ function when they are certain that training will not resume at any point. Using ‘Pause’ will stop payments temporarily and allow the employer and apprentice to resume the apprenticeship at a later date. We are reviewing options to simplify the process of re-starting apprentices on the service, including to facilitate a transfer to a different apprenticeship or employer in due course.
     
    Levy employers should contact your dedicated account manager for further details apprenticeship.
     

    Changes to assessment

     
    This section covers all questions related to completion of the apprenticeship.
    15. I am on a fixed-term contract, which would ordinarily have given enough time to complete the training and the end-point assessment. If the training is delayed, and I have not completed my EPA before I leave employment, can I do the end-point assessment afterwards?
     
    You should be employed when you are taking your end-point assessment so, where a where a programme has been delayed, and the planned end-date for your apprenticeship will be hindered, please speak to your employer and assessor to arrange how best to facilitate the EPA.
     
    16. What will happen if I am not well enough to take my end-point assessment?
     
    If you are unwell, or in a period of self-isolation, and unable to attend your end-point assessment, please contact your assessor as soon as you are able, to allow them maximum time to re-schedule your assessment.
     
    17. Gateways are being delayed and we cannot complete the end-point assessment in the required time frame. Can we extend the EPA timeframe due to the current disruption?
     
    Apprentices who are deemed ready for assessment, and cannot be assessed due to assessor illness, or Covid-19 related measures, are allowed to take a break before taking their EPA, and for the EPA to be rescheduled.
     
    If the EPA timeframe needs to be extended beyond what is allowed in the assessment plan (where specified), EPAOs are responsible for agreeing extensions to EPA timeframes during the current disruption. EPAOs should work closely with EQAPs to ensure quality of EPA is maintained.
     
    18. Where the end-point assessment plan states that assessment must be conducted face-to-face, but cannot be under the current circumstances, can we conduct these remotely?
     
    Where an assessment method requires face to face engagement, this can be conducted remotely, subject to the following conditions:
     
    • arrangements are cleared in advance by the EQA provider
    • the apprentice’s identity is verified
    • remote tests are supervised by an appropriately trained invigilator or assessor:
    o who has the necessary qualifications, training or experience
    o who has not been involved in the training, preparation or line management of the apprentice
    • appropriate technology and systems are in place
    • the impact that remote assessment may have on apprentices is to be taken into consideration, to ensure a fair and reliable assessment of occupational competence
    • where alternatives are not appropriate, a pause and rescheduling might be the only action. An extension of 12 weeks is allowable for those Endpoint Assessment Plans (EPA) where a time limit is specified from gateway to EPA. It is to be logged on and shared with EQAPs on a timely basis.
     
    19. How will invigilation of assessments be conducted remotely?
     
    Remote tests should be supervised by an appropriately trained invigilator, or assessor who has the necessary qualifications, training or experience, and who has not been involved in the training, preparation or line management of the apprentice.
     
    Tests must only be carried out within a supervised and controlled environment. EPAOs must ensure all testing meets security requirements, and that the details of invigilators are recorded and available for confirmation by EQAPs.
     
    20. If the current situation continues for a long period of time, would you consider awarding the apprenticeship without the end-point assessment?
     
    Unlike some other exams, the Government would not consider this to be appropriate at the current time.
     
    21. Can the timeframe for completion be extended if the completion of EQA activity cannot take place?
     
    EQA activity should be delivered remotely and continue within current guidelines. EQAPs should reschedule audits where this is appropriate.
     
    22. We can deliver part of the end-point assessment, but some sections require direct observation. How do we deal with these components?
     
    These elements of the EPA will need to be rescheduled if they cannot be undertaken remotely. If the EPA timeframe needs to be extended beyond what is allowed in the assessment plan, the EPAO should seek agreement from the EQAP. Where a specified assessment method for a specific standard might be adjusted, without threatening safety, and in a manner in which it meets the original intent, EPAOs should discuss this option with their EQAP, who may refer it to the Institute for authority.
     
    The substitution of assessment methods is not considered appropriate at this time.
     
    With the prior authority of their EQAP, assessments may be conducted in an appropriate simulated environment, such as a training facility.
     

    Additional Information

     
    There may be instances relating to some of the circumstances above where a break in learning may need to be considered. If you believe this to be the case, please discuss this with your assessor. This query will be passed on to the Apprenticeship Manager at Bath College for further investigation.
     
    Other Useful Links
    COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses can be found using the link below
    www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
     
    Detailed advice from ACAS for employers and employees related to COVID-19 is available here:
    www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
     

    News

    Applying to Bath College for 2020? What to expect and what we are doing FAQ’s

     

    Updated 14th May 2020 12.26pm

     

    Given the current situation with COVID-19 nationally, we are conducting our interview and applications process slightly differently this year to ensure that you are fully supported and clear of what is expected of you. We have compiled a list of FAQ’s you might have about applications, and will be adding to it as more questions come in so please check back here if you have any questions.

     

    If you have a question that’s not detailed on here, or want some general information please contact admissions by emailing AdmissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk
     
    Following new Government guidance, we are currently evaluating next steps for re-opening the College. Our planning is underpinned by the principle that the safety of our students and staff is paramount and we will ensure all health, safety and security measures are in place, following all official guidance before returning.
     

    If you are a full-time applicant with a place at College for 2020/21, please be assured that you will still be able to start your student life in September and we will be in touch very soon to explain what that will look like.

     

    If you are a returning student, we will also advise you very soon about the next steps.
     
    If you are an apprentice or adult learner, we will be in touch to advise you about employers and individual courses over the next few weeks.
     

    Whatever the next few months brings, we are here to support you. If you have any concerns please email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk
     
    The College has now reverted to online teaching and remote learning due to the Covid 19 outbreak and our staff and indeed students are working incredibly hard to support one another complete their qualifications. We are seeing some amazing results. Our team is also working hard to support new applicants.

    We understand that now is a challenging and unsettling time for students. We are monitoring the national situation and government guidance very closely. Rest assured, this page will be updated regularly in line with any changes of policy or guidance.

     


     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     

    If I apply what will happen to my application next?

    Great news, we can’t wait to hear from you. We know there is a little uncertainty about exams at the moment so we want to make your transition to Bath College as simple as possible. Therefore if your current predicted grades meet the entry criteria for the course you are applying for, you will be guaranteed a conditional offer at our college. As part of the condition there are a couple of courses (Music and Performing Arts) which will expect you to complete an online task of two, but you will be advised of that in your offer. Welcome on board.

     

    I have a conditional offer already and it is based on achieving certain GCSE results. What happens now?

    Your original conditions for your course would have been based on you achieving certain grades in your exams. Given the uncertainty around exams currently, we are writing to each of you individually to let you know that we will use your predicted grades now instead. Welcome on board. Your offer with us is safe and we don’t want you to worry. Make sure you accept your place so we can get excited about meeting you again.

     

    With GCSE and A Level exams being cancelled, how will grades be calculated?

    Following the cancellation of examinations for GCSE and A levels during the national Covid 19 epidemic, we have been awaiting advice as to how awarding bodies would enable grades to be calculated for learners. In the case of A levels and GCSE’s for the following awarding bodies AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds the advice is as follows;

     

    Teachers will be asked to make a fair judgement of what they believe their students would have achieved should they have undertaken the exam. To form this judgement, they will be asked to take into account all ways in which their students will have demonstrated their learning and will be also use understanding of their student’s knowledge obtained through homework tasks, class performance, coursework and mock exams. Schools and colleges are awaiting further advice on how these grades should be allocated to ensure parity and fairness. For students working on functional skills, technical and vocational programmes, we are awaiting further clarification by the relevant awarding bodies on how grades will be allocated.

     

    Please click HERE for current guidance provided by ofqual for further information.

     

    Do you know when college will return to normal?

    The answer is no, not at the moment. The national situation is very fluid. However, we are monitoring the government guidance very closely and will provide any updates as soon as we know of any.

     

    Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

    Yes, we are still welcoming applications on all of our courses and you will be offered a conditional place at college based on your predicted grades.

     

    Will the September 2020 intake be postponed?

    Bath College is closely monitoring the situation and students will be updated if the Government proposes to enact any decisions that could affect start dates. This is a complex and evolving situation so please bear with us.

     

    Will the college be asking learners and staff to work remotely next academic year?

    The College has now moved to online and remote learning teaching for the rest of the academic year. There is no update currently as to whether this will be required in September 2020.

     

    Is it worth me applying late with many things being on hold around the country?

    We are actively accepting applications now and we encourage you to make an application. You will receive a prompt response and offer based on your predicted grades. Making an application now will be a really positive move for your future.

     

    How will students be assessed for their final grades?

    We are awaiting final guidance from OFQUAL and the awarding bodies about the agreed process and will provide updates and soon as we receive them.

     
     

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    Riley Phillips – Bath College Case Study – IT

     

    Riley is one of our hard working BTEC IT students, who is also currently working part time at an IT company called SoVisionIT, Riley is really enjoying his course, and his part time job is helping him get valuable work experience in aspects of cyber security, the sector he would like to go into after he completes his BTEC.

     

    We had a chat with Riley to find out what it’s like to be an IT student at Bath College, and what he does in his part time job.

     

    What course do you study at Bath College?

    I study Information Technology BTEC Level 3

     

    What part of your course do you enjoy the most?

    The most enjoyable aspect of the course would be the Web development with Steven Harries. I enjoy coding, and Steve’s class is all about that. My future goal in IT is to become a member of a cyber security firm. HTML is a great starting point, to find an error which could lead to the development of my problem finding skills.

     

    What have you done on your course that you think has been valuable?

    I feel like the most valuable part of my course is the multi-subject part, being able to experience nearly all fields in the IT industry and being able to communicate with others who have the same interest of IT as I do.

     

    What made you apply to Bath College?

    I applied for Bath College to expand my knowledge in IT and achieve qualifications that can be shown on my CV and help me later in life.

     

    What are you doing now/what would you like to do in the future?

    I am currently working on software testing. This allows for me to gather experience finding errors and bugs within programs that will need to be always stable. This is similar to work they do in cyber security which is the IT field I would like to go in, in the future.

     

    Can you describe a typical day on your job?

    I test websites that are used to control tracking systems, web applications etc, clicking each button making sure that it does what it was programmed to do. I work with the development team, they make/fix software designed mainly for websites from clients. They finalise it, pass it on to me and I try my best to break the system. Discovering errors which then can be fixed, preventing future errors.

     

    What piece of advice would you give to students looking at enrolling on a BTEC IT Course?

    The best piece of advice I would give to students is to just go for it. IT may look difficult to some people, or that they can’t understand anything, but however this course is what eliminates those thoughts. If you’re interested in the subject and want to study more, don’t hesitate and just go for it!

     

    If you’re interested in enrolling on our BTEC IT course, you can find it by clicking here. You can find our full IT Course list by clicking here.

     

    If you’re interested in IT Leisure Courses, we do evening courses in HTML and CSS.

     

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    Covid-19 College Updates

    **Updated 16.47 17th June** Fully accessible link here
     
     
    Bath College campuses are closed to all but a small selection of learners until further notice following the Government’s announcement regarding the Coronavirus. Tutors and teaching staff will keep in touch with students during the closure to aid learning from home.
     
    Bath College’s Safe Space for vulnerable learners is open and students have been contacted individually with invitations.
     
    Staff are all working remotely at this time, so are contactable via email, but may take slightly longer to respond than normal as they are teaching online.
     
    We know that many young people are anxious, so we want to reassure you that our full-time courses will be safely starting and we will explain what this will look like practically in due course and are following government guidelines carefully. Please click here for updates on the reopening of College for Further Education Students (post-16 provision). If you would like some tasks relating to your course to start ahead of September, email admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk and read more here.
     
    Please check the website, social media and your emails regularly for updates.

     

    All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk. You can also read the letter sent to parents/guardians here.
     

    Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

     
     

     
    FURTHER INFORMATION
     
    Click here for Department of Education Guidance: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
     
    Click here for Ofqual’s guidance on exams and awarded assessments.
     

    Click here for B&NES information on applying for welfare support.
     
    Click here for Parent/Carer FAQs
     
    Click here for a list by B&NES of useful links about support for council tax, food banks, housing, debt and grants.
     
    Emails are being sent to students and parents/carers that students have consented to be informed. If you did not receive it, you may wish to change your email address the College holds for you on ProPortal.
     

    ‘Closed’ does not mean you don’t need to study
    Neither of our campuses will be open for normal lessons. This means that during the next few months, you will be having online or remote learning that you’ll need to do at home. Our lecturers and managers have been planning for this over the last few weeks and have done a great job in setting up arrangements for this to happen. The way it will work will be slightly different depending on which course you are doing but all College staff are committed to ensuring you are successful in your course this year.
     
    Tutorials
    You will still be supported by a Primary Tutor during this period. This Tutor may not be your regular Primary Tutor but they will be a lecturer you already know. All Primary Tutors have been planning how this will happen and will ensure that you get all the support you need to progress on your course. They will be ringing you every day and will share tutorial schedules with you at the start of the week. (When they ring you, their number is likely to who as ‘withheld’.
     
    English and Maths
    If you are studying towards English and/or Maths GCSE or Functional Skills, you will have no doubt heard that many exams have been cancelled this year. Grades are still likely to be awarded though and so it is going to become even more important that you take part in the work that your English or Maths teachers are going to be giving to you as those grades might be given based on what progress you have made in class (and now at home). Your teachers will explain more.
     
    Welfare and Safeguarding
    Our Welfare and Safeguarding Staff are still around to support you and so if you have a problem or if you have been talking to one of the team up to now, you will be able to do so, just not in person. They will be available during normal College hours on the numbers below.
     
    07815 491988
    07966 980534
     
    Accessing IT at home
    Please contact your lecturer or Primary Tutor if you know that you will not be able to access IT from home.
    You’ll get another email today or tomorrow from me with some FAQs and advice on working at home but in the meantime please email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk if you have any specific questions.
     
    Apprentices and Employers
    Please read our full Q&A here.
     
     

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    A spring forward for vocational training

     

    An exciting new event called Spring Forward is taking place later this month, focussing on new skills and opportunities.
     
    The event is ideal for anyone interested in finding out more about training opportunities in and around Frome; whether you’re a young person getting ready to enter the workforce for the first time, or someone looking to retrain or return to work. Or maybe you could just be looking to learn some new skills and gain some new experiences.

     

    Taking place on Wednesday 25th March at Somerset Skills & Learning in Frome, this new event was borne out of a steering group that Frome Town Council set up last September. The group’s aim was to explore what vocational training opportunities are available in and around Frome. The evening will showcase what is currently available, as well as finding out from residents in Frome what other types of training they would like to see in the future.
     
    As a collaborative effort, training providers from Somerset Skills & Learning, Edventure, Frome Community Education, Strode College, Bath College and Wiltshire College will be on hand to give advice about the training opportunities they offer. These include a wide range of courses from subjects such as Agriculture; Arts/ Creative Media; Business Management; Catering & Hospitality; Construction; Digital; Engineering; Health & Safety; Music & Performing Arts; Social Care; through to Sports & Leisure.
     
    These courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis; but there are also other practical ways to train including placements, apprenticeships and traineeships. Jobcentre Plus and Skill Up Somerset will also be at the event to give advice.
     
    Cllr Maxine Crawley who is part of the steering group said, “The event offers a great relaxed space to come and find out about what’s on offer to learn and train locally. There will be delicious free food available courtesy of the catering students from Frome College, and we will have DJ workshops and Virtual Reality experiences running throughout the event to keep everyone entertained”.
     
    The free event takes place at Somerset Skills and Learning, 15 Palmer Street, Frome and starts at 4pm and goes through to 7pm, and you are welcome to drop in at any time.
     

    News

    Coronavirus Advice for Places of Education

    Updated 17th March 6.40pm
     
     
    While we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, the College has taken the difficult decision to suspend face-to-face teaching for the rest of this week, starting on Wednesday 18th March. We will be closely monitoring the national and local situation over the next few days and will evaluate our position before the end of Friday 20th March. We expect students to be back at College in the week commencing Monday 23rd March unless we inform you otherwise.

     

    If you have a vital examination in the next few days, we will be in touch via email to give you more details. All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk.
     

    Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

     

     
    This guidance will be reviewed daily by 4pm until further notice.
     
    If you are a parent of a Bath College student and have not received updates from the College on the Coronavirus situation, please contact Jordan Wilkins on Jordan.Wilkins@bathcollege.ac.uk stating your son/daughter’s name, date of birth and the email address you would like the updates to come to.

     
     

     

    Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

     

    A helpline has been set up to answer questions about COVID-19. Staff, Parents and Young People can contact the helpline as follows:

     

    Phone: 0800 046 8687

    Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

    Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

     

    Where to find the latest information

     

    You can find regular updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) HERE

     

    You can find the Government Advice for Educational setting HERE

     

     

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    Project SEARCH Interns secure jobs in Bath

     

    Young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who want to increase their employability skills and find paid work, can apply for our Project SEARCH internship programme. Each year Bath & North East Somerset Council provides internships from September through to June in professional work environments. The interns learn transferrable skills working in three different departments for ten weeks. This year, our interns have worked in places such as B&NES Offices, Better Leisure Centre, The Roman Baths, Charlton House Care Home as well as many other places.

     

    During their time on the course the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care.  The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.

     

    Two of this years cohort of Project SEARCH Interns have secured jobs and had a tea party to celebrate. Jake will be working as a Porter at The Roman Baths, a job he did on his first rotation of his internship. Jake is really excited to be starting his new job;

     

    “The Roman Baths was my favourite job, and I’m really looking forward to starting at The Roman Baths!”

     

    Jake’s Grandparents attended the tea party to celebrate and they were absolutely thrilled that he had secured his favourite job, they said:

     

    “This time last year Jake was a very nervous boy, but Project SEARCH has really helped with his confidence. It’s wonderful to see him being social and happy”

     

    Jake on the Job at Better Leisure Centre

     

    Matthew, another Project SEARCH Intern has secured a job working as a Porter up at The University of Bath, and says he is ‘excited to do something new’. Matthew’s favourite rotation was working at The B&NES Offices, as he enjoyed being trained on how to use the computer for work.

     

    Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

    Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

     

    Councillor Dine Romero, Council Leader said:

     

    “This is the 12th year we’ve run Project SEARCH and over that time it’s proved hugely successful with our graduates finding community-based employment through the programme. It really is a fantastic way to experience the world of work while developing employability skills.  At a time when the average employment rate in the UK  for adults with a learning difficulty or disability has dropped to just six per cent, its essential we provide opportunities like this to help more young people find sustainable employment.”

     

    Project Search is open to young people with learning difficulties or disabilities who are aged 18-25, and applications for next academic year are now open. If you know someone who would like to apply for a placement please click here to go to the Project SEARCH Application page.

     

    Following successful completion of the nine-month internship graduates are presented with certificates at a special ceremony in front of an audience of family members, programme partners, local businesses and council staff.

     

    News

    Up and coming local talent competes in Chef v Chef 2020

     

    Bath College hosted their annual Chef v Chef competition on 25th February. Six current local chefs, as well as groups of aspiring students competed in a variety of competitions; the Chefs vying for the Chef Champion title, and the students for best team, best knife skills and best Front of House service.

     

    The morning focussed on the student competitions, students arrived and grouped into their teams. They then had 30 minutes to plan their two course dinner, including deciding what wines would pair with their food, and who would be in the kitchen and who would lead on the service. Each group had to produce a paupiette of plaice served with a suitable sauce and potato garnish of their choice, as well as a chocolate tart with appropriate accompaniment for dessert. The student selected to lead on service then took part in the Front of House challenge, demonstrating a napkin fold, cocktail and role play scenarios to the judges; Sylwia Ooger from Lympstone Manor and Stuart Shepherd, retired Front of House Manager. Once the students had completed their dishes, they presented one plate to the judges, for tasting and assessing, and served the other plates inside Bath College’s mock restaurant, where they were once again assessed on their customer interaction, their wine suggestions and how they had laid their tables.

     

     

    Whilst this was happening, over in the other kitchen, more students were competing in a knife skills challenge. They had just 30 minutes to prepare 6 different vegetables, and cut them in 6 different classic styles (macedoine, paysanne, brunoise, julienne and chiffonade), and were marked from everything from their hygiene to the accuracy of their cuts.

     

     

    The second half of the day was the Professional Challenge, 7 chefs from across the local area were shortlisted to compete; Andrew Jenkinson from Lucknam Park, Christian Orner from Salt Co, Dean Toon from Blunsdon Hotel, Jethro Lawrence from Woolley Grange, Henry Scott from Henry’s Restaurant, Frazer Carroll from No. 15 Great Pulteney Street and Jason Ramplin. Each professional had two and a half hours to compile a main course using game meat, and a dessert using Solkiki Chocolate, Williams Pear and Hazelnuts. Bath College students volunteered to act as Commis chefs for each professional during the challenge, to assist them with cooking but also to learn from the Professionals as they cooked. As with the student challenge, the Chefs needed to produce two plates; one for judging and one for presentation. The dishes looked fantastic, and were on display during the awards reception.

     

     

    The judges really had their work cut out for them, and spent a while in the kitchen deliberating over who deserved the title. Once they had decided they joined the drinks reception ready for the awards presentation. Delicious canapés had been prepared by the students, and were being served with an assortment of drinks. The first award announced was the Knife Skills Challenge, which was taken by Joseph Rowe; next was the Front of House Challenge which was taken by Daniel Shermilt. The Team Challenge was won by Team Marcus Wareing, consisting of Lucy, Emily and Eryn. Finally, the Chef v Chef Champion was due to be announced, and Dean Toon from Woolley Grange was announced as the 2020 Chef V Chef Champion. Each competition took a long time to judge as each entry was so close, Scott Lucas from The Crafty Chef, and one of the judges commented:

     

    “Sometimes you can pick a winner just by their dish, but today it was element by element, it was that close”

     

     

    We want to say thank you to all our esteemed judges for taking time out of their day to judge the dishes:

     

     

    We also want to congratulate all our winners:

     

    Chef V Chef Champion

    1st Place – Dean Toon
    2nd Place – Frazer Carroll
    3rd Place – Henry Scott

     

    Team Challenge

    1st Place – Team Marcus Wareing (Lucy, Emily and Eryn)
    2nd Place – Team Angela Hartnett (Millie, Vicky and Ciara)
    3rd Place – Team Paul Bocuse (Ollie, Dan and Sophie)

     

    Front of House Challenge

    1st Place – Daniel Shermilt
    2nd Place – Destiny Smith
    3rd Place – Emily Hunt

     

    Knife Skills Challenge

    1st Place – Joseph Rowe
    2nd Place – Jack Goult
    3rd Place – Rebekah Paisley

     

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