Adult/Part Time FAQs

Adult students on HE/ACCESS courses and professional vocational areas which can still be supported through fully on-line teaching (such as AAT/CIPD) will continue to receive remote learning and will be reviewed in Easter.

However, where students have practical elements to their course – such as Engineering, Music, Hair – have been scheduled to return to site.

Students on lower level courses, where further support from face to face learning is required to support students – STL L2 and Entry level maths and English – students will be invited to attend site, with elements of blended learning for students in this category who may not be able to fully attend sessions on site.

Apprentices in Engineering, Construction and Automotive are schedule to return to site form w/c 8th March onwards.

A schedule of adult students returning to site will be planned. Students will be invited in for a test prior to any on-site classroom activities beginning – a schedule of home testing will take place after the initial test. 

It will also be mandatory for students and staff to wear a face covering in classrooms as well as around communal areas of the campus. 

From Monday 5th January the college is only open for students who are most vulnerable, or those whose parents or carers are classified as ‘key workers’. To ensure the health and safety of staff and students, we need to keep social mobility to a minimum – which means everyone else should now be studying or working from home

Since the college is not closed – simply working in a different way – we still have tutors on hand to work remotely with our students, by telephone, email and website portals, to ensure they are working effectively and efficiently towards their assignments and achieve during this academic year.

Staff and students can remotely access our systems within a secure IT environment. We have also invested in website portals, such as Moodle, that enable staff to upload student work and maintain effective communication channels for on-going tutor advice and guidance. Extra online resources will be added over the coming weeks.

This is unknown. We will be guided by the advice of the Government, and its team of experts.

The Government has announced there will be no exams taking place in schools or colleges this year, for any qualification (this includes GCSE, A level and all other vocational and technical qualifications)

The government have said ‘we recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. 

For some part time and Higher Education courses, this means that some exam elements have now been changed to assessments and assignments instead. Your tutor would have notified you If this relates to your course.

It is important for students to continue to study, submit work, and develop their skills.

Exams watchdogs are working on alternative arrangements for cancelled exams, which will be decided by a range of factors including, non-exam assessments, mock exams, and teachers’ assessment as well as any previous prior attainment. The Government has announced that it wouldn’t be fair to base grades purely on predicted results, which is why there will be a range of methods used to give a final overall grade. It is important to note, that grades will not be based just on teachers’ assessment, but the awarding bodies will look at prior achievements too, and it will be awarding bodies that calculate the final grade.

This doesn’t just apply to GCSEs and A levels; awarding bodies are looking at ways – similar to above – to give overall grades for all vocational courses. The exam boards will be working on this during the coming weeks

More information can be found at:

For Higher Education courses, you need to continue to work with your tutor and submit all of the assignments and coursework due to ensure you complete your course. Please contact your tutor if you require any support.

We will contact students when we know more about how grades will be calculated

Our student services team is on hand to provide support and advice. Call 01952 642237, or email