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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.

 
 

News

Paula Power, Bath College’s new Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor

 

Bath College will be running brand new First Aid courses dealing specifically with Mental Health, starting in October 2019. These courses will be run by qualified Mental Health First Aid instructors, and accredited by Mental Health First Aid England. Everyone has mental health, and better mental health is better for all of us, this is why MHFA England are dedicated to ensuring there is zero stigma to discussing mental health.

 

Paula is one of our new Mental Health First Aid Instructors, specialising in Adult Mental Health First Aid. We did a short Q&A with her to find out why she chose to become an instructor and why she thinks Mental Health First Aid is so important.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am the business owner of My White Dog and facilitator for the 1 and 2-day adult and youth courses. I am a MHFA Instructor, NLP Practitioner, Mountain Leader, with Business Studies, Further Education Certificate and Social Science at the Open University.
I started out in a corporate environment, but always enjoyed adventure and outdoor space, climbing, mountaineering and sailing. When I realised the positive impact of my own wellbeing in this space, I went onto develop skills in education and mountaineering and led groups in the outdoors including expeditions to Africa and Asia. A rewarding role watching students age 13-18 develop latent and new skills when stretched, build resilience, team and leadership skills. I went onto explore other personal challenges when selected to take part in the first all women expedition to the geographic North Pole in 1997. 20 women relaying in teams of 4 across the arctic over 3 months. We went onto become Guinness book record holders.
I ocassionally work in partnership with Wiltshire MIND and am affiliated with Mental Health First Aid England on raising mental health awareness, reducing stigma and how to improve wellbeing in work schools and communities.

 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health is part of our overall health, physical and mental wellbeing. Mental Health First Aid approach is similar to physical first aid, in preserving life and preventing a condition worsening, promoting recovery; however, as mental health is not easy to identify, it can be more complex to recognise, we teach the skills to recognise signs and symptoms. We explore language stigma, listening skills, and then how to signpost in order to help and provide hope for the future. We also explore strategies and coping strategies for our own wellbeing. Our approach is interactive engaging using group activities, various mediums, video and plenary speakers (lived experiences).

 

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid is important?

Currently, 1 in 4 adults will experience some form of mental health issue in their lifetime. The economic cost of mental health issues in England are estimated at £105 billion each year. In addition, 10% of primary school children suffer from a low sense of wellbeing and about 13% of young people aged 5-19 meet clinical criteria for a mental health disorder. Mental health first aid is a great early intervention towards professional help, for example, people can fully recovery from their first episode of psychosis if they receive the appropriate help.

 

How did you get into Mental Health First Aid Facilitation?

From my own personal experience of mental illness within my family – I recognise the impact of early intervention and an opportunity to close a significant gap within the Mental Health support system.

 

Who do you think will benefit from Mental Health First Aid?

Everyone will benefit as it opens channels of communication, it empowers others to reduce stigma and discrimination and raises awareness in the workplace, communities and schools.

 

Finally, what has been your favourite part of leading these courses?

Thought provoking and light bulb moments. Many people have come to me at the end of a course realising that awareness is the ‘tip of the iceberg’, but they feel confident going forward. It’s a journey and learning takes place in a safe and inclusive environment – many delegates go on to become advocates within work and communities

 

 

If Paula has inspired you and you’re interested in enrolling on a Mental Health First Aid course you can find them by clicking here.

Higher Education, News

Why study a Degree Level Course at Bath College?

 

University isn’t for everyone; not everyone wants to move away, not everyone wants to take out huge student loans, some people simply cannot afford it and others are worried they won’t get on with University life. This means, for most, the only options remaining are going straight into work, or looking for a traineeship or higher apprenticeship. However, there is a third option; you can study a Degree at Bath College.

 

At Bath College we have a range of degree level courses, ranging from Creative Enterprise to Applied Computing, meaning there’s something for everyone, without having to uproot your life and move miles across the country, this is ideal for people who don’t want or are unable to move away. We’re going to look at some of the pro’s for studying a degree at Bath College.

 

 

Expense (or lack of)

It’s no secret that University is expensive, you have tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses to and from campus (or to visit home in the holidays), and then there will be hidden costs, like studio fees, trip fees and printing and equipment costs. These can all add up, making University an expensive endeavour.

Whilst the degree level courses at Bath College aren’t free, they are considerably cheaper. Most Higher Education courses start at £2,770 and rise to £7,700. Compare this with average University fees of £9,250 per year and you’ve got a clear winner. You can also still apply for student loans to help cover this cost, or a Higher Education Bursary. You’ve also got the advantage of being able to live at home, erasing those expensive student living costs.

 

Lifestyle Fit

Almost going hand in hand with our lack of expense, is the way some of courses can fit around your lifestyle. Not everyone looking to study a degree is fresh out of College or Sixth Form, and even if you are, you may have commitments that you can’t move around, such as a full time job or being a full time carer or parent. Some of our degree courses are evening courses, or distance learning courses (study from home), meaning you can fit them around your life, getting a degree alongside your other commitments, without one impacting the other.

 

One to One support

University is a popular option for Higher Education, and lots of University courses are full to the brim. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that as a community we are striving to get as educated as possible, it does mean that classes are very full, and it’s harder to get that crucial one to one support with your tutor. Class sizes at Bath College are smaller, and there are more opportunities to talk to your tutor, allowing you to ask questions, clarify your learning and get that important critical feedback to help you improve your work.

 

Continuous Study

You can complete one of our courses and progress onto another, or you can take your new found knowledge and enter the work place, or look for a higher apprenticeship. For example, the HNC in Business can progress straight into the work place, or onto the HND in Business. You can also opt to finish your study at University, completing a Bachelors Degree fully and have it accredited by the University. You have a whole range of paths ahead of you, rather than a solid three years of study, with each year giving you a qualification, rather than parts of a whole qualification.

 

Employability

At Bath College we have connections with many local businesses in a variety of sectors, and we work very closely with them. We look at local industry demands and tailor our courses and learning to these demands, meaning our students leave College able to go into industries in Bath and begin gaining experience in their chosen sectors, giving them better grounding to move forwards in their chosen industry. For some the idea of being able to work within the City of Bath is tantalising, for other it may be a necessity due to commitments, we prepare you to enter the local industry and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of local employers, rather than prepare you for your chosen industry generically.

 

TEF Silver

TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework, and is used to examine how good the quality of an institutions teaching is. We share our TEF Silver ranking with Universities such as University of Liverpool, University College London and Warwick University. TEF Silver is awarded to Higher Education providers who ‘deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and consistently exceeds “rigorous national quality requirements” for higher education in the UK.’ (The Complete University Guide). Studying a Degree at Bath College isn’t going to be any less valuable than studying a Degree at a University, the standard of teaching that we have is amongst some of the best Universities in the UK, and we get you ready for the work place in the process.

 

Familiarity

If you’ve just spent several years at College, studying BTECS, Apprenticeships or Diplomas, you will be familiar with the campus, the journey and the tutors. If you have any problems with anxiety, or any reason why you would rather not move away to University, then you can opt to stay at College and stay in a familiar environment. This can be really beneficial for being able to settle into the demands of Degree level study, and skipping over that bedding in process. You won’t need to familiarise yourself with your journey to campus, the nearest shop, the best bus into town, or your group of new flatmates; as it’s been a part of your life now for several years.

 

Hopefully this has dispelled some of the myths and worries you may have had about choosing Bath College as your Higher Education provider.

 

If you’re a current student you can talk to your tutor about how to progress onto your chosen HE course. If you’re not a current student then email info@bathcollege.ac.uk for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.

 

Students handling Darcy the bearded dragon, getting a taste of the Bath College Animal Care course

Events, News

Writhlington School students get taste of Bath College at the Big Interview Day

 
Last week our Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah, attended The Big Interview Day along with a selection of teaching staff from Bath College.
 
Over 200 students currently in year 10 at Writhlington School took part in the Big Interview Day.
 
After having interviews with industry experts students came into the give it a go area. There were a range of activities on offer from the College:
 
Sport – A “keepy up” challenge with a leader board of who had done the highest number
 
Painting and decorating – Learning the technique of wood effect using paint
 
Animal Care – handling Cornelius the snake and Darcy the bearded dragon and learning how to care for them
 
Stonemasonry – using equipment to carve their initials into stone
 
Public Services – A race against time to see which team of three could build the tallest tower. Two of the students were blindfolded and the third student wasn’t allowed to touch anything and could only instruct the other two how to put it together
 
Health and Social Care – Students had the opportunity to use various items of healthcare equipment on each other to learn how they operate
 
Complementary Therapies – learning about the course whilst receiving a hand massage using various different types of oils
 
Three Bath College students who were previous Writhlington School students attended.
 
The activities were then followed by an assembly talking about what you can study at College and what College life is like.
 
Emma Pascoe, Head of Careers at Writhlington School said: “Thank you so much to everyone from Bath College, our students loved meeting you all and had a great time.”
 

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