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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.
     

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