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IMPORTANT: June Re-opening

We can confirm that the earliest the College will re-open will be 22nd June*, however, this is only for a limited number of eligible learners, predominately those who are unable to complete their studies online. For the majority, learning will continue remotely.

 

Those classed as eligible learners will be contacted directly by curriculum staff. The health, safety and wellbeing of our learners is a priority, so details of attendance, travel to College, individual needs and a review of safe working/learning guidelines will be discussed. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions. We recommend reading A Guide to Your Safe Return to Learning which details the measures we have put in place. For example, time in College will be kept to a minimum, with small teaching groups and one-to-one appointments, thereby reducing risk.

 

For all other learners, online learning will continue and these learners are not required to attend College at the current time. We will also carry on making provisions in College, ensuring that at the start of the September term, we can continue to provide a safe learning environment for all.

 

*PLEASE NOTE – this date is subject to change and continues to be monitored by the College.

 

College Open Evening Update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our Adult Open Event has unfortunately been cancelled. However, you can learn more about the variety of courses we offer here on our website.

 

Important Information for Courses Starting in the Summer Term

We are currently reviewing which of our summer term courses can be moved to online teaching and learning. Where this is not possible, courses due to start after Monday 20th April will be cancelled and, where paid, course fees will be refunded. Please do not contact us regarding a refund. We are working hard to process these as quickly as possible and will contact you if we need further information. We really appreciate your patience and understanding at this challenging time. 

 

We are currently planning our courses for 2020/21 with the hope of publishing our new online Course Brochure at the end of June. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our learners back to our buildings as soon as we can. 

 

Important Notice for Existing Access to HE Students

Please click here for an update relating to the award of the Access to HE Diplomas for students who planned to complete by 31 July 2020.

 

Keeping your child safe online during the Coronavirus Pandemic

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

 

Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

 

 

Looking after your Health & Wellbeing

To help stay well whilst at home:

Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media

Try to keep yourself busy – try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films

Do light exercise at home, or outside, once a day

 

For more advice, see:

Every Mind Matters: 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

Every Mind Matters: how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home

NHS fitness studio: exercises you can do at home

 

 

Important Information about GCSE Exams

As you may already know, GCSE maths and English exams have been replaced by a grading system this year.

 

Please be reassured that we aim to offer support for our GCSE Maths and English students to complete any missed course assessments that will help to inform GCSE grades.

 

Our tutors are continuing to work with students of all ages and levels, providing a variety of support through online tuition, Moodle resources, interactive learning packages and directed support from specialist tutors. 

 

For further guidance regarding GCSE grading, please click here to view the Ofqual video that explains the grading process in greater detail.

 

The links below will also direct you to government information relating to GCSE grading this year:

 

Message from Ofqual for GCSE students

Ofqual guidance for students, parents and carers about Summer 2020 grades

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on zabeena.akhtar@boltoncc.ac.uk for English or jayne.harrop@boltoncc.ac.uk for maths and they will arrange for your tutors to contact you as soon as possible.

 

 

A Message From The Principal

As global uncertainty around coronavirus continues, Bolton College has taken the decision to move to online and home learning, for all learners, from Monday 23rd March 2020.

 

As a result, learners should not attend College premises but are required to continue their studies from home, where possible, through distance-learning methods, until we are able to re-commence face-to-face teaching.

 

All industry/work placements will cease from Monday 23rd March 2020, and learners will be required to continue their studies from home, where possible.

 

Bolton College apprentices can continue to work, if their employers say it is safe to do so following government advice. On the apprentice’s designated day in College, the apprentice will be required to continue their off-the-job training where possible.

 

Further updates will be sent via the College email system, our website and social media channels, so please keep checking all on a regular basis.

 

The health, wellbeing and safety of all of our learners and staff is vitally important to us, so please do follow the advice that is being provided.

 

The latest UK Government guidance on Coronavirus (Covid-19), is being updated on a daily basis and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance 

 

If you have any concerns as a learner, parent or carer, please contact us via email on covid19@boltoncc.ac.uk