This page contains essential information and advice regarding COVID-19, lockdown regulations, and the staggered return to college. We will continue to update this page, along with our social media channels, as the situation progresses.
If your question is not answered below please get in touch with us.
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Our college campuses reopened to students on Monday 8 March 2021.
We are currently working on prioritising students who need to come back to college, to ensure that all students achieve their qualifications in a safe learning environment.
However, following the cyber-attack on our IT systems in March, access to college buildings and some services is limited. Please see our Essential Info for Students page for advice on the gradual return to on-site learning following the attack.
If you become aware of a potential or confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at college, please report it using the links below.
If you receive a positive test result and your symptoms started within 48 hours of your last college visit, you should report it to us immediately to help with contact tracking.
- Student cases: please complete the COVID-19 case report form
Thank you for your cooperation.
Lateral flow home-test kits (COVID-19 tests) are now available for staff and students to collect from all college receptions.
These self-testing kits are provided by the NHS and come with a step-by-step user guide. Each kit provides enough equipment to carry out three individual tests, meaning the kit will last two weeks. You will be provided with two boxes, giving you a four-week supply.
What if I am over 19?
Unfortunately, the government is not funding testing for students aged over 19. We are unable to provide a test if you fall into this age group.
Instead, we would recommend that you attend one of the following centres which have been set up in the city for asymptomatic testing:
- Sheldon Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Road, B26
- Kingstanding Wellbeing Centre, Dulwich Road, B44 0EW
- Handsworth Wellbeing Centre, Holly Road, B20 2BY
- Shard End Wellbeing Centre, Packington Avenue, B34 7RD
- Oddingley Hall, 18 Oddingley, Road, B31 3BS
- Maypole Youth Centre, Idmiston Croft, B14 5BD
Social distancing measures are in place at all of our campuses.
For more information, read our Social Distancing Guide or check out the social distancing videos below.
Bordesley Green Campus
Hall Green Campus
Can I come into college?
As of 8 March 2021, our college campuses are open to students. However, we are currently working to ensure the reopening of college is done in a safe way, to ensure that all students achieve their qualifications in a safe learning environment. If you have any questions about whether or not you should be back in college, please get in touch with your tutor.
Will tests be provided?
We are currently setting up testing centres at most of our campuses. You will need to provide consent before taking part but testing is not mandatory. We will update this page with further testing details soon.
Are exams still taking place?
Following the government's announcement on 4 January, the college took the decision to postpone some BTEC exams. Higher Education exams are still taking place and students can find information on Attain or by contacting their tutor.
Please keep an eye on your student email account for detailed updates and advice on controlled assessments and exam times/dates. If you were due to take an exam, or are waiting for updates on when your exam will be rescheduled for, your tutor will be in touch as soon as they have this information.
What social distancing measures are in place?
We have adopted a range of measures to make sure that all our campuses are COVID-secure, in compliance with government guidance. These include social distancing measures, temperature checks and special PPE, as well as additional cleaning staff and resources.
Will lessons be online or on-campus?
When college reopens, we will use a ‘blended learning’ approach. This means that as many lessons as possible will be taught in person on campus, but there will also be lessons taught online. As a college we have considerable experience and expertise in blended learning and have taught some courses in this way for several years.
I'm worried about my mental health
It’s understandable that you may be anxious about coming into college after lockdown. If you’re worried about your mental health, the following resources can be useful:
I have a specific question that I would like to discuss
In the first instance we would urge all students to speak to their tutor. In addition, the Department for Education’s Coronavirus Helpline is available to answer questions regarding education. Students and parents can contact this helpline on 0800 046 8687 (opening hours 8am-6pm Mon-Fri).
How are applications and enrolment different this year?
We’re committed to keeping you and our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why the application and enrolment process will look a little different this year.
We’re encouraging students to apply online where possible. Please see our 3 steps for studying with us in 2021 for more information on how to apply.
For advice on results, further study and appeals please visit the GOV.UK website.
As per the latest government advice, we are urging students and staff who are displaying either high temperature or a new continuous cough to stay at home, self-isolate and get tested.
Please check the NHS website for the latest official advice. Other useful sources of information include:
- NHS: Coronavirus information
- Public Health England: Coronavirus Q&A
- UK Government: Guidance for educational settings
- UK Government: Find out the steps the UK government is taking
I'm worried about my mental health
If you’re concerned about your mental health, the following resources may be useful: