Student information

All Full Time Students Update 3 November 2020

Dear Student and their Parents / Carers

Our campuses will remain open   

I hope you enjoyed your half-term break and had the chance to catch up with any studies as well as take time to relax with family and friends safely. Good luck to those taking their GCSE exams over the next fortnight!

I thought it would be a good idea to keep you updated following the Prime Minister’s weekend announcement and what it means for us at The Bedford College Group, as people prepare for another national lockdown in England starting from Thursday 5 November 2020.

As stated in his announcement on Saturday 31 October, PM Boris Johnson highlighted that although England is expected to go into a four-week lockdown following a vote taking place in Parliament on Wednesday, Colleges as well as schools and universities will remain open to provide education and training. This means that all of our Bedford College Group campuses will remain open for learning.

We will be able to send updated guidance once we receive the latest guidelines from the Department for Education, which we expect to be published later this week, but we wanted to reassure you that we have stringent measures in place for everyone’s safety as everyone returns from their half-term break.

I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that staff continue to work hard to keep students safe in their learning environments and Public Health England are confident that our safety measures meet the standards expected and in some cases exceed them, for example with the use of our sanitising fogging system to clean large areas within five minutes.

Reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or positive test over half-term
Please watch this short video which provides a bit more guidance on symptoms and self-isolating.

Please continue to report COVID-19 related symptoms or a positive test result by calling your Personal Achievement Tutor, teaching department, or Student Services as soon as you can and immediately on receipt of a positive test result. Students must let us know to prompt the track and trace of others as soon as possible. If the student is too sick to do this themselves, they should get a family member or friend to do so on their behalf.

Students will be asked to confirm the following information:

  • Date they developed symptoms
  • Last date they were in College
  • If others in the household have symptoms
  • If a COVID-19 test been arranged

If you have symptoms you can book a test via:

  • NHS Website
  • Telephone NHS 119 

 Please be aware that you must inform the Student Services team at the College immediately of your test result via email:


If you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you (or the member of your household) must take a test as soon as possible. Whilst waiting for the results for yourself or someone in your household, you must not attend College.

If you are asked to self-isolate:
If you are asked to self-isolate due to being in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 following a positive test you must self-isolate for the full 14 days, even if you receive a negative test result in this time.

You have developed symptoms and booked a test
If a positive test result is confirmed for yourself, you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you are the person with symptoms and you receive a negative test result you can return to College once you are feeling well enough and do not have a high temperature of 38c or above.

Our safety measures across campuses

To ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible we are asking all students to follow the measures we have put in place when on any of our campuses, such as:

  • Maintain the two metre social distancing where possible and ensure you do not meet in groups socially
  • Wear face coverings when on campus, both inside and outside of College buildings. The only exception is when in classrooms.
  • Use the hand washing or the hand sanitising stations when entering and exiting any building.
  • Our work placements will be paused or move to virtual work placements where it is not possible to continue, from Thursday 5 November
  • Follow social distancing measures whilst using catering facilities. Notices will be placed in accordance with the latest government guidance.
  • Learning provision for students who travel a distance to attend College and stay in local B&Bs (e.g. for NC4M) will be adapted to ensure no student is disadvantaged if they are unable to travel to campus or stay in B&Bs.
  • Residential accommodation at Shuttleworth guidelines should be followed as it is currently, until we receive further guidance from DfE.

If you have any other concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your Personal Achievement Tutor or Student Services by emailing:

 

We hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well and we will be in touch once further guidance is published by the Department for Education for Colleges.

Yours sincerely

Em Lowe

Vice Principal, The Bedford College Group 

ALL Higher Education and Part Time (Adult) Student Update 3 November 2020

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Dear Student

Our campuses will remain open   

I hope you enjoyed your half-term break and had the chance to catch up with any studies as well as take time to relax with family and friends safely.

I thought it would be a good idea to keep you updated following the Prime Minister’s weekend announcement and what it means for us at The Bedford College Group, as people prepare for another national lockdown in England starting from Thursday 5 November 2020.

As stated in his announcement on Saturday 31 October, PM Boris Johnson highlighted that although England is expected to go into a four-week lockdown following a vote taking place in Parliament on Wednesday, Colleges as well as schools and universities will remain open to provide education and training. This means that all of our Bedford College Group campuses will remain open for learning.

We will be able to send updated guidance once we receive the latest guidelines from the Department for Education, which we expect to be published later this week, but we wanted to reassure you that we have stringent measures in place for everyone’s safety as everyone returns from their half-term break.

I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that staff continue to work hard to keep students safe in their learning environments and Public Health England are confident that our safety measures meet the standards expected and in some cases exceed them, for example with the use of our sanitising fogging system to clean large areas within five minutes.

Reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or positive test 
Please watch this short video which provides a bit more guidance on symptoms and self-isolating.

Please continue to report COVID-19 related symptoms or a positive test result by calling your Teaching Department or Student Services as soon as you can and immediately on receipt of a positive test result. It is important that students continue to let us know to prompt the track and trace of others as soon as possible. If the student is too sick to do this themselves, they should get a family member or friend to do so on their behalf.

Students will be asked to confirm the following information:

  • Date they developed symptoms
  • Last date they were in College
  • If others in the household have symptoms
  • If a COVID-19 test been arranged

If you have symptoms you can book a test via:

  • NHS Website
  • Telephone NHS 119 

 Please be aware that you must inform the Student Services team at the College immediately of your test result via email:

If you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you (or the member of your household) must take a test as soon as possible. Whilst waiting for the results for yourself or someone in your household, you must not attend College.

If you are asked to self-isolate:
If you are asked to self-isolate due to being in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 following a positive test you must self-isolate for the full 14 days, even if you receive a negative test result in this time.

You have developed symptoms and booked a test
If a positive test result is confirmed for yourself, you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you are the person with symptoms and you receive a negative test result you can return to College once you are feeling well enough and do not have a high temperature of 38c or above.

Our safety measures across campuses

To ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible we are asking all students to follow the measures we have put in place when on any of our campuses such as:

  • Maintain the two metre social distancing where possible and ensure you do not meet in groups socially
  • Wear face coverings when on campus both inside and outside of College buildings. The only exception is when in classrooms.
  • Use the hand washing or the hand sanitising stations when entering and exiting any building.
  • Our work placements will be paused, or to move to virtual work placements where it is not possible to continue, from Thursday 5 November
  • Follow social distancing measures whilst using catering facilities. Notices will be placed in accordance with the latest government guidance.
  • Learning provision for students who travel a distance to attend College and stay in local B&Bs (e.g. for NC4M) will be adapted to ensure no student is disadvantaged if they are unable to travel to campus or stay in B&Bs.
  • Residential accommodation at Shuttleworth guidelines should be followed as it is currently until we receive further guidance from DfE.

If you have any other concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your Teaching Department or Student Services by emailing:

We hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well and we will be in touch once further guidance is published by the Department for Education for Colleges.

Yours sincerely

Em Lowe

Vice Principal, The Bedford College Group 

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All Apprentice Update 3 November 2020

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Dear Apprentice

Our campuses will remain open  

I hope you enjoyed your half-term break and had the chance to catch up with any studies as well as take time to relax with family and friends safely.

I thought it would be a good idea to keep you updated following the Prime Minister’s weekend announcement and what it means for us at The Bedford College Group, as people prepare for another national lockdown in England starting from Thursday 5 November 2020.

As stated in his announcement on Saturday 31 October, PM Boris Johnson highlighted that although England is expected to go into a four-week lockdown following a vote taking place in Parliament on Wednesday, Colleges as well as schools and universities will remain open to provide education and training. This means that all of our Bedford College Group campuses will remain open for learning.

We will be able to send updated guidance once we receive the latest guidelines from the Department for Education, which we expect to be published later this week, but we wanted to reassure you that we have stringent measures in place for everyone's safety as everyone returns from their half-term break.

I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that staff continue to work hard to keep students safe in their learning environments and Public Health England are confident that our safety measures meet the standards expected and in some cases exceed them, for example with the use of our sanitising fogging system to clean large areas within five minutes.

Reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or positive test 
Please watch this short video which provides a bit more guidance on symptoms and self-isolating.

Please continue to report COVID-19 related symptoms or a positive test result by calling your Training Coordinator or Student Services as soon as you can and immediately on receipt of a positive test result. Apprentices must let us know to prompt the track and trace of others as soon as possible. If the student is too sick to do this themselves, they should get a family member or friend to do so on their behalf.

Students will be asked to confirm the following information:

  • Date they developed symptoms
  • Last date they were in College
  • If others in the household have symptoms
  • If a COVID-19 test been arranged

If you have symptoms you can book a test via:

  • NHS Website
  • Telephone NHS 119 

Please be aware that you must inform the Student Services team at the College immediately of your test result via email:


If you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you (or the member of your household) must take a test as soon as possible. Whilst waiting for the results for yourself or someone in your household, you must not attend College.

If you are asked to self-isolate:
If you are asked to self-isolate due to being in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 following a positive test you must self-isolate for the full 14 days, even if you receive a negative test result in this time.

You have developed symptoms and booked a test
If a positive test result is confirmed for yourself, you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you are the person with symptoms and you receive a negative test result you can return to College once you are feeling well enough and do not have a high temperature of 38c or above.

Our safety measures across campuses

To ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible we are asking all students to follow the measures we have put in place when on any of our campuses such as:

  • Maintain the two metre social distancing where possible and ensure you do not meet in groups socially
  • Wear face coverings when on campus both inside and outside of College buildings. The only exception is when in classrooms.
  • Use the hand washing or the hand sanitising stations when entering and exiting any building.
  • Our work placements will be paused, or to move to virtual work placements where it is not possible to continue, from Thursday 5 November
  • Follow social distancing measures whilst using catering facilities. Notices will be placed in accordance with the latest government guidance.
  • Learning provision for students who travel a distance to attend College and stay in local B&Bs (e.g. for NC4M) will be adapted to ensure no student is disadvantaged if they are unable to travel to campus or stay in B&Bs.
  • Residential accommodation at Shuttleworth guidelines should be followed as it is currently until we receive further guidance from DfE.

If you have any other concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your Training Coordinator or Student Services by emailing:

We hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well and we will be in touch once further guidance is published by the Department for Education for Colleges.

Yours sincerely

Em Lowe

Vice Principal, The Bedford College Group 

 

How is the College responding to the government alert levels?

Now students have returned for the new academic year, and following the change in the government alert levels we have updated the Group's response to national alert levels here.

 

We continue to follow all precautionary measures recommended by the DfE and Public Health England.

How have you made campuses safe for students? Watch the video here

Safe Return to College Video

Staff are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students over the next week or so. The first term back for learning in College since March will see huge changes for us all, however we are confident that, by working together, we will be able to provide the quality learning experience our students deserve.

Over the summer period a lot of preparation has taken place across all of The Bedford College Group's campuses to ensure everyone’s safety as much as possible but this will mean that we all have a responsibility to follow the guidance. 

To highlight all the changes that have taken place watch this video (available with subtitles) which includes what to expect on your first day at College or how things have changed if you're returning for the next year of your course. 

Is the college open?

For details of how the Group is responding to the government's lockdown stages please view here

Updated: 01 September 2020

Following a detailed review of the government guidance, The Bedford College Group have been busy over the summer to prepare all of our campuses to open to a safe number of students and staff from September. 

Timetables have been reviewed to allow for social distancing in classrooms and workshops following the latest government guidance and these will be sent to all new and returning students over the next two weeks. The majority of courses will be taught using a mix of online learning and classroom study. 

First week back for students

A timetable of the arrangements for induction are being sent to all new and returning students over the next two weeks with more information on where to arrive on site on the first day back.

Limited numbers of students will be on site at any one time to allow for social distancing protocols but we ask that everyone works together to ensure that everyone gets the most from their first few days.

Students will be expected to follow the safety measures put in place at all campuses.

Some of the most recent developments include the following:

  • There will be an expectation for students to wear face coverings when moving around campus. Following the latest guidance from the government, face coverings are being encouraged around campus buildings except within classrooms and offices. It is important to remember that within catering facilities these should be worn unless eating.
  • All areas have been set up to adhere to the 2m social distancing rules where possible and no less than 1m+ with no one sitting face to face. Students should not remain on site once their lessons or support sessions have finished unless they have been requested to stay by their tutors or if it is during breaks between lessons. Please remember to follow the social distancing guidelines and if this is not possible you should wear face coverings.
  • Students must not visit other classrooms unless with prior arrangement.
  • Students must follow the directional signage in place at all sites and ensure that they adhere to the social distancing rules. Please do not congregate in corridors or reception areas and no one should be closer than a minimum of 1m+ at any time.
  • Students must remember to bring their own equipment needed for their sessions and any PPE. No equipment or PPE should be shared. 

The latest official guidance from the government can be found here.

If you have any concerns about studying with us in September please contact our Student Services team who are able to provide information, advice and guidance about your chosen subjects. 

Our email address is:
- Bedford campus: studentservices@bedford.ac.uk (or phone 01234 291770)
- Kettering campus: studentservices@tresham.ac.uk (or phone 01536 413232)

Students who are shielding or self-isolating

We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so far fewer young people are being advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. We expect most students will be able to return full time (part time for students attending part time courses) in the autumn term.

A small number of students may still be unable to attend because they are:

  • self-isolating or living with someone who is and/or has had symptoms or a positive test result themselves
  • a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)

Shielding advice for all adults and young people was paused on 1 August 2020. This means that even the small number of students who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to college, as can those who have family members who were shielding. Read the current advice on shielding.

If rates of the disease rise in local areas, young people (or family members) from that area, and that area only, may be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily unable to attend.

Students no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional are likely to discuss their care with their health professional at their next planned clinical appointment.

You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people.

If students are not able to attend because of public health advice, we expect you to offer them access to remote education.

Students who are pregnant should follow the relevant guidance in coronavirus infection and pregnancy.

Access to your online learning

Please see more information on how we are delivering teaching activity remotely here. We have also added a useful diagram to show how to access the systems we are using for online learning here.

Since March 2020 this has worked well and following feedback from all students from September 2020 we will be using a mixture of online learning and classroom learning using our FE Moodle or HE Moodle. Please check this regularly. If you cannot access Moodle then please contact Moodlesupport@bedford.ac.uk.

Students must continue completing their activities, work and assignments set by their course team and meet any deadlines set. When learning online, students need to dedicate the same time to their studies as if they were in a College classroom.

Information on how to submit assignments will be available on Moodle. For most courses this will be through Turnitin. Feedback will be provided to students using Turnitin, e-mail, BREO, NILE or on ProPortal depending on the course being studied.

If you have any queries please contact your Course Team or Personal Achievement Tutor.

Information for Apprentices

Apprenticeships:

I have been furloughed, can I still work on the off the job activities?
Yes you can. Your Training Coordinator will work with you to enable you to access learning opportunities through OneFile, Moodle or other relevant learning platforms appropriate to your apprenticeship.

I have changed roles within the organisation I work for due to coronavirus, can I still gain my apprenticeship?
Your apprenticeship programme is linked to your job role within your company. If you have recently changed roles, please notify your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further.

My job is classed as a key worker role. I am still working and am also covering staff shortages. Should I still be studying towards my off the job hours?
This may still be a very busy time for you and your employer due to the impact of Covid. If you are in this position, please notify your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further.

I still have to complete my functional skills to complete my apprenticeship. Can I still study towards this from home?
There are a number of options available for you to complete your functional skills as part of your apprenticeship programme. Please contact your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further.

I have completed all of my training, have gone through the gateway and am just waiting to sit my End Point Assessment. How can I find out when I will be able to do this as I heard that all assessments have stopped due to the coronavirus?
Most End Point Assessment (EPA) Organisations have adapted their EPA requirements and have resumed their bookings and delivery of EPAs. Please contact your Training Coordinator if you are unsure as they will be able to advise further.

I have been told that my job is being made redundant as a result of the coronavirus. What do I do?
If you find yourself in this position, please be assured that the college is committed to working with you to try to find alternative employment. Please contact your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further as to the options available for you.

I have been furloughed but my employer is asking me to work, what do I do?
The conditions of furlough do not permit your employer to ask you to work whilst you are in furlough. If you are being asked to do this, please contact your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further.

Will I be expected to attend College to learn in class?
Some apprenticeship programmes include a day release study element in college. You will be provided with details of this form your Training Coordinator at the start of this year. If you are unsure of this, please notify your Training Coordinator who will be able to advise further.

Exams and Assessments

Results Days 2020

Following announcements over August 2020 from Ofqual and also BTEC who made changes to the way GCSEs, A-Levels and other Level 2 and 3 qualifications were being awarded we circulated emails to all of our students to keep them up-to-date.

Confirmation was received on 21 August that the exam board, BTEC, would be issuing results to the College on a rolling basis from:

  • Tuesday 25 August 2020: BTEC Level 3 and OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals
  • Thursday 27 August 2020: BTEC Levels 1 and 2

Students have been informed that they will have their results published on ProPortal by 5pm on Friday 28 August 2020. The exams team are sending text messages once the College receives students’ results to advise them to visit the ProPortal link via Moodle using the usual username and password they use to log on to Moodle/College computers using the following link: https://proportal.bedford.ac.uk/

These grades are a stepping stone to your next step in further study with us, at university, employment or an apprenticeship. To discuss progressing to the next level with us if you have met the conditions of your fast track offer please contact your Personal Achievement Tutor or Course Tutor. If your results are slightly lower than you feel you could have achieved, they may still be good enough to get you onto the next level course or a university course.

If you need to speak to a member of staff or Student Services after receiving your results we have provided contact details and useful helplines.

If you are unable to get onto your chosen course and would like to retake A-Level or GCSE exams, you will have an opportunity to take them in the autumn. Full details of how you can register to retake A-Levels or GCSEs will be provided alongside your results slip that will be posted.

For more information about receiving your results and how they have been calculated please read this information prepared by Ofqual which aims to answer your questions. We have also included a number of frequently asked questions below which you may find useful.

FAQs

How have we calculated your results at The Bedford College Group?
The calculated grade that you will receive in August is the most likely grade that a student would have achieved had the exams/ final assessments gone ahead.
Grades have been based on a range of evidence including mock exams, non-exam assessment, homework assignments and any other record of student performance over the course of study.
Your tutors have worked as a team to produce the ‘most likely’ result using the evidence that they had. We can assure that the grading verification process followed by the Group has been carried out fairly and unbiased and have not taken the opportunity to over-inflate or be too restrictive on outcomes. The College has followed strict national guidance, however if you have any queries relating to your calculated grades please read the Ofqual Student Guide to Results which will help.
Tutors and our Exams teams submitted the centre assessed grades to the exam boards and the final outcome for each student, a calculated grade, has been determined by the exam board.

How do I find out unit breakdown details?
On the 13th August and 20th August we will be issuing overall grades only via Proportal and not a unit breakdown. The breakdown will be posted out to all students’ home addresses along with their official result slip in first class post as soon as the results are received by the College.

When will I receive my certificates?
Certificates will be posted within 3 weeks of receipt by the College to students’ home addresses. For Apprentices this may be slightly later as they will need to be processed by the Apprenticeship Team before being posted.
It is anticipated that there may be a delay to certificates being sent to the College as Awarding Bodies have retained certificates during the closure period.
Confirmation of students’ grades on Proportal does not mean that the College has the certificates or any result documentation from the Awarding Body – it may be the result has only been released online. GCSE and GCE certificates are usually received in College during November and we believe vocational qualifications will follow a similar timeline.

I have not received my results by 21st August – what do I do now?
Some vocational and technical results may arrive with the College slightly later than the 20th August and so from 24th August we will be sending all affected students a text message as soon as we receive their results from the awarding body to advise them that their results are available to access via Moodle.

Exam/ Results Helplines
If after receiving your results you still have questions you can contact the College using LiveChat on our websites or contact the helplines below who will be able to help and advise:
• General advice and guidance
Student Services for any careers information and guidance or if you are unsure of your next step:
o Bedfordshire Student Services: Email studentservices@bedford.ac.uk or telephone 01234 291770
o Northamptonshire Student Services: Email studentservices@tresham.ac.uk or telephone 01536 413232.
o LiveChat via College websites will also be monitored for enquiries about your results.
o A virtual open day is being hosted by the College on results days. See the College website for more details.
• The Bedford Sixth Form A-Level Results Helpline
A-Level and AS Level students should call 01234 291291 for any additional advice after receiving results online on 13th August.
• More information on the awarding process
You can find more resources and information about this year’s awarding process via gov.uk/guidance/your-results-what-next
• Results, appeals, complaints and next steps
The Exam Results Helpline can provide information on appeals, complaints, or what your next steps may be once you’ve received your results: 0800 100 900 nationalcareers.service.gov.uk Lines open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.
• Ofqual
0300 303 3344 gov.uk/ofqual Lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, calls charged at your standard network rate.
• Higher education
For higher education questions, such as application and admissions, you may need to contact the relevant institution directly. UCAS can also provide information on university applications: 0371 468 0 468 ucas.com Lines open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm, calls charged at your standard network rate.
• Mental Health Support
Make sure you speak to somebody if you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health. This might be a parent, carer or someone else you trust.
You can also contact
• Young Minds Text YM to 85258 youngminds.org.uk
• Childline 0800 11 11 childline.org.uk
• Your GP: call and ask for an emergency appointment.
• NHS 111: they can assist in providing the mental health support you may need.

How will I progress to the next course at TBCG (The Bedford College Group)?
Please don’t worry, you have been provided with automatic progression within the college. We are hosting online open days on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st August and you can register online via our websites to attend or use LiveChat.

Student support

Student health and wellbeing
Student Services remains open to continue to support students and can be accessed on site from 14 September or through email:
- Bedfordshire: studentservices@bedford.ac.uk
- Northamptonshire: studentservices@tresham.ac.uk
You can also contact your Personal Achievement Tutor, Course Manager or Training Co-ordinator for support in the first instance using their email.

We really hope that you are not worrying too much about this situation. It can be difficult not to – and it may be a good idea to follow some expert advice if you are feeling anxious. There is some good advice on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Your health and safety

Help to reduce the spread of coronavirus by following social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering when in public spaces. 

The latest information and advice on coronavirus – what it is, how it is spread, the risks and what you can do to protect yourself can be found on the NHS website.

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If anyone has any of the symptoms above they should self-isolate at home.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Check the NHS website if you have any symptoms 

We also recommend that you continue to follow these good hygiene practices:
- wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
- wear a face covering when using public transport and whilst walking around campus
- Use hand sanitiser gel, if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as often as possible and as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

How can we travel in Minibuses safely?
 
The following safety procedures will be followed if you are to use College minibuses to travel to a campus or for specific events/ trips until further notice:
  • Minibus travel will only be used if it is deemed to be essential to your course by your tutors and Head of Department who will have also have been required to complete a full risk assessment.
  • Staff and students must remain within their designated teaching bubbles when travelling for track and trace purposes.
  • A full list of all passengers will be kept by the organiser of the trip and this will be kept for at least 14 days after the trip, for track and trace purposes.
  • No individual displaying Covid-19 symptoms will be allowed to travel.
  • The driver of the minibus will sanitise all contact surfaces in the vehicle before use – door handles, steering wheel, seatbelts etc.
  • All individuals must wear face coverings (staff and students) when in the vehicle.
  • All individuals must sanitise their hands thoroughly before and after the journey.
  • Windows must be kept open to allow ventilation during the journey.
  • The maximum number in a minibus will be 9 students plus one driver
  • All individuals must sit 1m apart by using separate seats.
  • Fogging (sanitisation) of the vehicles will be completed by the Estates & Facilities Team once the vehicle has returned to site.
What about Learning Centres?

Our Learning Centres are now open but all students must pre-book their sessions before attending.  If students have any queries please email:

Bedford: bedfordlearningcentre@bedford.ac.uk

Corby: corbylearningcentre@bedford.ac.uk

Kettering: ketteringlearningcentre@bedford.ac.uk

I am an ESOL or Basic Skills student. How will I study?

Classroom teaching will resume in September 2020. Your Tutor or Course Manager will be in touch to confirm details of your timetable and learning through a mixture of in the classroom and online.

What about if I study on other adult courses (e.g. counselling, AAT, CMI)?

All adult courses have been reviewed to allow them to be taught following the latest safety guidance and will be taught through a combination of online and classroom study.

Your Course Manager or Lecturer will be in contact to provide more details of your timetable and the arrangements for adult courses.

Courses not yet started in the summer term had been postponed and so all students should have been contacted with more details on enrolments that have been carried over to the next available course.

I receive a meals bursary. How is this provided whilst I am not in College?

If you don’t attend college and you currently receive free school meals, we will still continue to provide you with financial assistance. We will pay a free school meal (FSM) allowance into your bank account.

What should I do if I had a planned trip with the College?

The government is currently advising against all overseas education trips for those under 18. Domestic trips (residential and non-residential) have also been cancelled until further notice. If you have paid monies for a trip overseas which has now been cancelled, this will be refunded to you.

How can I keep up-to-date with what is happening at my College?

We have set up this page where we will share any updates and answers to frequently asked questions, and we will also post updates via our official social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any queries that have not been answered in relation to the College’s response to Covid-19 restrictions please email us on health@bedford.ac.uk

What happens with my work placement?

What happens with my work placement?

The College's current position, in line with directives from the DfE, is that placements can go ahead where The College is satisfied that employers have appropriate COVID-19 risk assessments and social distancing plans in place. 

For regular study programme placements (the 20hrs) The Group recommends that students and their tutors prioritise online/virtual placements where ever possible but recognised that certain courses, including the T-Levels that placements must be on site. 

What about my maths and English?

Will I be working on my maths and English remotely?
If you are studying functional skills as part of your programme you will be expected to complete this through a mixture of face-to-face learning and online. Your tutors for each subject will help and support you to achieve. 



How will I progress to the next level/ stage at College?

If you are a full-time student and received a progression offer email by Monday 4th May 2020 you have been automatically enrolled on the next stage of your course within the College. Further information about when you will start college again will be sent over the first two weeks of September 2020. 


If you are interested in progressing onto another course at the College, and have not received a progression offer email, please speak with your Personal Achievement Tutor to discuss your options and complete an application.