This page contains essential information regarding COVID-19 and how this affects our college community, including students, staff and visitors. The information, updates, guidelines and advice below will help us all in adapting to the ‘new normal’ and doing our bit to keep one another safe.
We will continue to update this page, along with our social media channels. Please check back if you are unsure of how COVID-19 and any new regulations will affect you and your studies.
Report a case of COVID-19
If you become aware of a potential or confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at college, please report it as follows:
Student cases - please click here to fill in the form
On 11 September 2020, new lockdown restrictions for Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell were announced. The new measures mean that households in these areas cannot mix from 15 September.
South & City College Birmingham will remain open until further notice. Students, staff and visitors should continue to come into college, unless they’re displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
Social distancing measures are in place at all college campuses – see below for further information.
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
Yes, our college campuses are open for students, staff and visitors, but with social distancing measures in place.
If you need to enrol, please see our enrolment page for more 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?
The college is using 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 a number of years.
What happens if we go into lockdown again?
If the college closes again due to lockdown restrictions, teaching will move online. This could mean changing how your course is taught. Assessment, access to resources and the availability of equipment will also be adjusted.
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).
Yes, college campuses are open for enrolment and you can enrol online, on-campus, or by phone.
I didn’t get the grades I hoped for. Can I still enrol?
Even if you didn’t get the grades you needed or wanted, you’ll find there are lots of options open to you. Give our friendly team a call on 0121 694 5000 to discuss your options.
How is enrolment different this year?
We’re committed to keeping you and our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why enrolment will look a little different this year.
We’re encouraging students to enrol online where possible, but you can also come into campus or enrol by phone. Please see our enrolment page for more information.
In the summer of 2020, the government cancelled all exams, putting in place an alternative grading system to calculate predicted grades for students.
Our students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams therefore received calculated grades, taking into account evidence including homework, non-exam assessment and mock results.
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: