During the third national lockdown BHASVIC will provide remote learning for all students. The campus will be open for staff and those vulnerable students who have already been contacted by Student Services. Any other students requiring access to onsite support should e-mail studentservices@bhasvic.ac.uk

Please check this FAQs page regularly for new information and look out for emails from the Principal for updates.

Please continue to scroll down to see the FAQ sections below.

How will my lessons be delivered during lockdown? We have asked our teaching and tutoring staff to deliver lessons live to you, wherever they can. In some cases, at some points in the week, teachers and tutors are not able to deliver lessons live. Please make sure you check Teams and your student email so that you know and understand the circumstances for each of your timetabled lessons.

Which lessons do I need to attend on my timetable? Whilst we are in lockdown, you should attend all lessons on your timetable. We expect all students to attend each lesson although teachers and tutors may make individual changes depending on their individual circumstances, so please keep checking your emails and TEAMS on a daily basis.

When are the start and finish times to lessons and tutorial? All online lessons and tutorials will follow the standard college timetable (letters relate to your subject's teaching blocks).

How will my attendance be recorded during lockdown? Your teachers and tutors will record you as 'H' - which means attended or engaged with learning from home. If you attend a live lesson, or you do work set for that lesson, the teacher will make sure that you are recorded as 'attended' by leaving the 'H' in the register for that session for you. However, if you miss a live lesson and didn't tell your teacher/tutor you wouldn't be there, or if you don't do work set at a different time and do not engage with the learning for that session, your teacher/tutor will mark you as absent 'O'.

What should I do if I cannot attend a live lesson (because of restricted access to technology or for other reasons)? The most important thing to do is to let your teacher/tutor know. 

There will be some access to computers at college, and some ‘loan’ laptops for remote learning, but this will be limited. From January, we may also have some Vodafone SIM cards to help with data and wifi access. Please let your tutor know or e-mail studentservices@bhasvic.ac.uk and we will be in touch to discuss how we can help to meet your IT support needs.

Whilst you are here, we wanted to signpost you to the fact that as a BHASVIC student, the Dell Advantage Scheme enables you to buy a Dell computer with a discount voucher giving you up to 20% off.  You can spread the payments over 6 or 12 months with PayPal.  To make use of this scheme, go to the Dell Advantage website or see further details on BHASVLE.

What is a ‘live’ lesson? A live lesson will take many different forms, depending on the nature of the course you are studying, the particular activities you are set and the part of the syllabus you are covering. Normally a live lesson means that you as the student and your teacher/tutor will be online at the same time, in the scheduled timeslot for that lesson in the week.

A live lesson does not mean that your teacher or tutor will be presenting to you online throughout the entire session – this does not constitute effective learning and will rarely be used.

Online and live lessons are also about connecting and being in touch with other students in your class, so please be prepared to contribute, be engaged, use your mic and/or camera and the communication and contribution tools available in Teams to actively participate in lesson.

You should attend every lesson on your timetable. If there is a time when you cannot attend a live lesson, you should make sure your teacher knows this, including the reasons for your absence.

When will students be able to return to full-time, on site learning? The current lockdown extends until February Half Term.

I have additional learning needs – will the support I am entitled to be available to me? Yes, our Additional Learning Support team will be working to meet your individual needs, in collaboration with your teachers and tutor, as per normal. Your ALS teacher who oversees your Study Support session is available and can be contacted via Teams.

If you have vulnerable student status or an EHCP, we should already have been in contact with you to see if you need priority access to the college campus and support. Please contact your Personal Tutor if you do not have additional learning support and think that you may need this additional help.

How do I access remote learning, which isn’t delivered live, at BHASVIC? Your teachers will communicate directly with you over how they will set remote work. This will range from accessing recorded lessons, attending live lessons or working through resources like PowerPoints and worksheets either on Microsoft Teams or BHASVLE.

Which A2 Portfolio courses will run? Those portfolio courses that ran in the Autumn term will continue in the Spring. There is a list on the front page of the VLE of those that are still running. As a general rule, if you attended a portfolio course during the Autumn Term this will continue in the Spring. Please check with your portfolio teacher or tutor if you are unsure. 

Why are some Portfolio courses not running online? We had suspended the start of most Portfolio courses for two key reasons: 

  1. Academic Focus: To focus student and teacher capacity on core elements of the timetable (ie courses which gain a qualification)
  2. Student Support: To enable some redeployment of staff capacity towards additional student support

However, as we enter a third lockdown, circumstances are different from those of September, regarding the need for our staff and students to prioritise their core qualifications and for our staff to provide additional support to students who are struggling. 

I mentioned my Portfolio course in my UCAS Personal Statement – will this affect my university entry? Universities will not require you to study a portfolio course which we have cancelled as part of their entry criteria. This is because these courses are not formal qualifications and do not carry UCAS points. If you are applying for a course which involves an interview as part of the entry process, you may be asked about your Portfolio Course if you mentioned it in your Personal Statement. If this does happen, you simply will need to explain that, due to Covid, your college suspended and then did not run the portfolio course. The interviewing staff will understand that this is something outside of your control and should not score you negatively in any way because of this.

How will practical and group aspects of my course be delivered remotely? It is amazing what can be delivered and completed remotely. In the summer term 2020, even Drama students were able to complete practical work remotely! We will work tirelessly on creative solutions, as we did between March and July 2020.

I missed some aspects of my GCSE courses and feel behind on my learning for my sixth form courses – how will the knowledge/skills gaps in my learning be closed? There is always a jump up between GCSEs and A level/BTEC Level 3 and our staff are used to helping students bridge this gap. Subject Extensions will help at a course level and we are deploying some additional staff hours into tutor support and mentoring. Sadly, colleges are not getting any additional funding to help students ‘catch-up’ but we are a high-performing teaching institution with good experience at helping our students learn and develop.

As an A2 student, my learning in the first year at BHASVIC has been disrupted – how will I catch up? Departments will – as they normally do – recap work throughout the year and you will be able to use Subject Extensions for any specific needs individual to you. Departments are re-planning their schemes of work to continue to deliver the syllabus, ready for the final assessment methods which the DfE and Ofqual will require.

Will there be formal Mock Exams at some point? Assessment occurs in a variety of ways and this will include classroom-based tracking tests or centrally managed mock exams. We are currently planning for first year students to take A1 summer exams and second years to complete an exam experience before the end of the year. However, much depends on the final decisions by the DfE and Ofqual on the nature of final assessments, as well as the course of the virus and safety measures in place. We aim to keep you informed as soon as we can, via this FAQ page.

I need to retake my GCSE Maths/English – how will I be taught this? You will be taught in the same way as your other lessons. We focus additional resource into these courses so that you get the support you need to gain these crucial qualifications.

 

BHASVIC BTEC January Exams

UPDATE: Wednesday 6th January

Headlines:

  1. The exams will go ahead as planned and scheduled at BHASVIC.
  2. For students unable to attend the exam, alternative arrangements will be arranged by the exam board – we await communication of these.

The DfE have provided us with a statement on January BTEC Exams:

“In light of the evolving public health measures, schools and colleges can continue with the vocational and technical exams that are due to take place in January, where they judge it right to do so. 

We understand this is a difficult time but we want to support schools and colleges whose students have worked hard to prepare for assessments and exams where necessary. 

Schools and colleges have already implemented extensive protective measures to make them as safe as possible. We will continue to work with Ofqual, awarding organisations and other stakeholders to discuss the next steps and provide more detail on the way forward, including ensuring other students have a way to progress with as little disruption as possible.”

BHASVIC’s January BTEC exams will go ahead as planned. Students have prepared for these and we can conduct the exams safely. Sitting the exams now will help our students avoid the potential need to spend additional time further into this academic year to prepare for a new and different task and exam (when there may be other demands and pressures from other courses). Here are some additional points in response to questions and concerns that may be raised by this position:

I will not be able to attend my exam (either because I am ill, quarantining or current and personal circumstances do not make it safe enough for me to do so). What does this mean for me? Pearson must and will provide alternative arrangements for students who are unable to attend the January Exam. This may be a later exam session (in late Spring/Early Summer) or teacher assessment grades. We do not know yet. However, Pearson, the exam board, have stated today that:

“We will certificate any learner who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for progression.

Learners unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, we will put in place arrangements to ensure no learner is disadvantaged.”

I know someone else at a different college/sixth form where the exams have been cancelled – why are BHASVIC exams still going ahead? We can conduct our exams very safely onsite, with excellent social distancing. As mentioned above, students also have the option to not attend this exam and await the alternative options, especially if circumstances mean that leaving the house or coming out of lockdown would not be a safe option for the family. We genuinely believe that if you can, it is in your best interests to sit these exams now.

I have experienced recent circumstances which have prevented me from being as prepared as I could be for this exam and if I sat it I know I would not reach my potential. Do I have to sit the exam now? We encourage all our students to sit the exam, as we can conduct this very safely. You have prepared for this exam and it would be good for you to be able to complete this part of your course now if you can. However, if you have experienced significant disruption in preparing for the exam (and it isn’t about something which is more common – last minute nerves and a desire to put off the exam because of your confidence levels), then your teacher can advise you and help you formulate your decision whether to sit the exam or not.

How do I travel to and from the exam safely? Wherever possible, we advise using personal transport to the exam. As this is a significant, national and formal assessment, being driven to and from the exam by a parent or carer is a valid reason for travel. The exams are authorised by government. Where personal travel is not possible, all social distancing rules should be strictly followed for Public Transport and movement on the BHASVIC campus – wearing a secure face covering at all times and washing hands and using sanitiser. You will not need to wear a face covering during the actual exam, but you will need to all the way up to the point of sitting at your exam desk.

If I sit the exam now, will there also be an opportunity to resit or also take an alternative form of assessment, such as teacher grades? We do not know yet (see statement from Pearson above). However, we full expect students who sit the January Exam to then also have all options available later in the year.

I am going to sit the exam, what do I need to do? Please just attend your exam as planned, including any pre-preparation time.

I will not be able to sit the exam, what should I do? Please let your teacher know this – they will communicate to you a time by which you will need to have informed the college of your decision.

This FAQ covers all final exams and assessments for all qualifications at the college, including A/AS levels, BTECs, GCSEs, ESOL and all other formal qualifications. 

Where are the official announcements on A level, GCSE and Applied General summer grade awarding?

Ofqual is the government department responsible for all Level 2 (GCSEs, etc) and Level 3 (A levels, etc) qualifications and grade awarding. Please keep up to date with announcements they make via their website. We will then also filer these announcements into what they mean for BHASVIC students.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual 

They have launched two consultations (one for GCSE, AS and A Level grade awarding, and one for Vocational and Technical Qualification grade awarding) on Friday 15 January, which close on Friday 29 January at 23:45.

 

What happens now? What does the future hold for me? What should I be focusing on when I don;t know how I am going to be able to demonstrate what I know and can do, for my final grade?

We want you to leave BHASVIC with the high grades you’re capable of.  Help us to help you by continuing to work hard. The most healthy thing is to stay actively engaged in routines, lessons and learning content. 

Our focus right now is to continue to deliver the remainder of the syllabus and specification to the best of our abilities to you. This will, of course, involve checking of learning by teachers, which is an inherent part of teaching and learning.

We know that work completed during lockdown is not the same as work completed when college is open. You should not be working any harder (or any less hard) than when college is open. You should treat current work as learning, not assessment.

We hope to be able to run fair assessments if and when college reopens.

We will also engage fully in the Ofqual consultation process to advocate on your behalf and so that our knowledge and expertise can feed into the best possible assessment methods used by them this summer.

We will update this FAQ as frequently as we can. Right now we know that Ofqual are about to launch a two-week consultation on Summer 2021 assessment, so there will be little concrete news for at least three to four weeks (from date of writing, 8th January). As soon as we have information about the nature of future assessment plans and the remainder of the course, we'll let you know.

 

I’m an A2 student and the A level mock exams which were planned for the week before February Half Term as still listed on my Advantage profile. What's happening with A2 mock exams week?

A2 Mock Exams, which were scheduled for Monday 8th to Friday 12 February are cancelled. We would still like to provide an exam experience for our A2 students but at time of writing (Tuesday 12 January) we do not know what, when or if this will be possible. 

 

I’m an ex-student and I was hoping to re-sit this summer. Will I get the opportunity to get a grade?

We hope so!  It isn’t yet clear what the process will be but we would almost certainly need to find a fair way to assess the progress you’ve been able to make.  This might mean inviting you into college to sit an exam-style paper along with our current students, COVID restrictions allowing.  As soon as we know more, we’ll update this FAQ so you know where you stand.

The consultation  on GCSE, AS and A Level exams states the following:

"Private candidates should be able to obtain a grade. We are seeking views on 4 approaches that would enable private candidates to be issued with grades:

(a) private candidates take papers set and marked by the exam boards
(b) private candidates’ performance is assessed by a school or college
(c) private candidates take an exam in summer 2021
(d) private candidates take an exam in autumn 2021

The proposed approaches for 2021 should make it easier for private candidates to obtain a grade.

We will decide on the best approach for private candidates once we have considered the responses to the consultation and sought views from representatives of private candidates."

Frequently Asked Questions by students prior to or during their Admissions Interview

Please read the answers to these FAQs ahead of your BHASVIC interview – this will enable your interviewer and you to be even more focused on your specific journey and questions.

Please also check the college’s Course Pages for each course you are considering.

If you have not seen them, or need a refresher, please also view the college’s recordings of the Live Open Evening Webinars for your course choices and considerations.

 

What’s covered in these FAQs?

  1. Admissions Policy and Offers of Places: Information about oversubscription and offers of places (includes Home Schooled and Private Candidates GCSE Results)
  2. School References, Predicted Grades, School Reports: How we will use and interpret school reports and references
  3. Course Choices and Changes Questions: Information about course decisions and if, how and when you can make changes to your choices
  4. Teaching, learning and timetable questions: including class sizes, what timetables are like and what kind of teaching we offer
  5. Personal Support and the Environment: How we help you if you have difficulties and what we are doing to address climate change
  6. Enrichment and extra-curricular activity: including EPQ, DofE, clubs, societies, trips and visits, speakers and other extra-curricular opportunities

 

Admissions Policy and Offers of Places:

Is BHASVIC oversubscribed? Every year there is a chance of the college being oversubscribed. If we are oversubscribed, we will keep anyone this affects up-to-date throughout the admissions process.

When BHASVIC is oversubscribed, how are applicants selected for an offer of a place? Is it by grades, references, postcode or extra-curricular activities? We select randomly by postcode for students who are in our Category 3 area (see Admissions Policy) who have chosen courses which are oversubscribed.

Which subjects are often oversubscribed? We do not reveal this information as we want students to select courses they would like to study, not courses which they think will give them the greatest chance of gaining a place at BHASVIC if we are oversubscribed. Oversubscription on courses fluctuates each year, with different courses being in scope from one year to the next.

What happens if my final GCSE results don’t meet the entry requirements to study at BHASVIC? We will guide and support you at interview if it looks like you are not being predicted the required grades. Likewise, at enrolment, we will advise and support you in funding alternative study if you have not gained the grades. If you are close to the boundary of our minimum entry requirements, we also strongly advise you to have a Plan B progression pathway from school and not only have BHASVIC as an option. Please check our Entry Requirements carefully.

What happens if I don’t get the GCSE grades for a specific course at BHASVIC? You will not be able to take up that course, but we will provide guidance and advice about a course at BHASVIC for which you do qualify and agree that with you for your Study Programme. Please check our Entry Requirements carefully.

Will not knowing what I want to do after BHASVIC affect me getting a place? Not at all – knowing what you want to do after college is not a requirement or part of our selection criteria to study at BHASVIC. If you choose a course which is heavily oversubscribed, we may ask you your reasons for choosing that course, to help us manage the oversubscription. Probably more than half our students who start sixth form are not sure what they want to do after BHASVIC, and many of the other half who do know will change their mind as they get into their BHASVIC courses.

I’m a private GCSE candidate, or I am Home Schooled. What is BHASVIC's position on me meeting its entry requirement?

Ofqual have commenced a consultation  on GCSE, AS and A Level grade awarding for 'private' candidates (started Friday 15 January and closing on Friday 29 January at 23:45. Ofqual are consulting on four options and as soon as they have communicated their final decisions, BHASVIC will use these arrangements to support our applicants in this situation. The consultation states the following:

"Private candidates should be able to obtain a grade. We are seeking views on 4 approaches that would enable private candidates to be issued with grades:

(a) private candidates take papers set and marked by the exam boards
(b) private candidates’ performance is assessed by a school or college
(c) private candidates take an exam in summer 2021
(d) private candidates take an exam in autumn 2021

The proposed approaches for 2021 should make it easier for private candidates to obtain a grade.

We will decide on the best approach for private candidates once we have considered the responses to the consultation and sought views from representatives of private candidates."

 

School References, Predicted Grades, School Reports:

How will you determine offers for a place at the college, or on specific courses, when disruption due to Covid means that schools’ predictions or mock results may not be fully representative of my potential? We will use mock results, school predictions and teacher report grades in general terms and will show some leniency with individuals are close to course entry grades. However, if your school grades indicate that you will be unlikely to achieve our entry requirements, we will not offer places on the course and instead agree a different course. We can then change this back at enrolment if you do achieve the necessary GCSE grades in the summer.

My school attendance isn’t that high, but I have had a lot of disruption due to Covid – will this affect my offer of a place at BHASVIC? No, we will be lenient with this. Please do encourage your school to clarify this in the information they send to us about you.

 

Course Choices and Changes Questions:

I am still unsure about my final subjects or course choices – where can I get help? A good starting point is our website and the course pages there. Each course has links to the exam board specification. Make sure you have looked at this information and discussed it with someone (a parent or carer, for example) before your interview. Your current teachers at school are an excellent source of advice – ask them their thoughts. You may also want to have a careers advice appointment at school as well. Finally, our interviewer can give you some final advice, but if you are still unsure about your final course choices, see the answers to the questions below.

I am still unsure about my final subjects or course choices – when is the latest I have to decide? Ideally, we aim to agree your course choices with you at interview. However, we are able to accept course change requests throughout the Spring and Summer and will agree your final course choices at enrolment in late August. Any changes you request after interview cannot be guaranteed and you may be added to a waiting list if the course is oversubscribed. To reassure you, deciding on your final courses is difficult and as BHASVIC is a very large college, we are able to accommodate quite a lot of ‘churn in student changes, so generally at BHASVIC students end up on the courses they would most like to study. We also allow a four-week window of course changes at the beginning of the Autumn Term.

Can I take four A levels at BHASVIC? Yes. We will advise you at interview and enrolment about this. Please see our extensive advice about this here.

Are BTECs as good as A levels? The BTEC courses we offer at BHASVIC are all A level equivalents and carry full UCAS Points.

Will there be any Moving On activity this year, because I know for last year’s students everything was virtual and they couldn’t go to Moving On lessons onsite. What will happen this year for me and when will events take place? Yes, we plan to have our Moving On Day in the normal way, onsite and with lessons, in July. We will keep you up-to-date via our Admissions communications.

 

Teaching, learning and timetable questions:

What are the average class sizes at BHASVIC? On average, classes are twenty students. Maximum class size is 22 students and on rare occasions we enrol 23 students into a class. Each class includes a wide range of students and you will get to have discussions, groupwork and learning opportunities with a diverse and enthusiastic fellow sixth formers, who can advance your thinking and help you develop as an individual.

What will my timetable be like at BHASVIC? Sixth Form timetables are very different from secondary school timetables. You will have some late starts and early finishes, as well as some free study periods between lessons, as the norm. Independent study is a critical aspect of sixth form study and our library and other social and study spaces are very popular onsite. Please take a look at this example of a BHASVIC student timetable.

Will there be any form of remote teaching from September 2021 and onwards? We expect not, but cannot be certain. BHASVIC will use the best of the discovery and learning we have made in adapting to online and remote delivery, but our delivery of onsite, live and in=person lessons will not change and will return to their normal amounts each week once the pandemic has been overcome.

What IT equipment will I need as a BHASVIC student? You are advised to have a laptop or other device which connects to the internet, has a screen and keyboard and on which you can produce your college work. A quiet place to study at home is also a good idea. We have schemes to get education discounts for your own computer equipment and we also strongly advise you to let us know at interview or at any other convenient point if you do not have access to study IT at home and come from a home with low income – we would seek to provide support to you if this is the case and more information can be found here on our website about the 16-19 Bursary (look under Financial Support).

 

Personal Support and the Environment:

What support is there at BHASVIC if things don’t go so well for me or I am experiencing difficulties with my personal life or my studies? Please take a look at this part of our website for information about all the outstanding support we offer at the college.

What’s the college doing to help save our planet? BHASVIC has a roadmap to become carbon neutral. We think it is important as an education provider to address humanity’s impact on the environment and we know that our students expect that of us. We involve our students and they are the most important stakeholders to us in being a green and sustainable college.

 

Enrichment and extra-curricular activity:

What opportunities are there to do extra activities and gain further experiences at BHASVIC? BHASVIC offers ‘portfolio courses’ in your second year of study with over 60 to choose from. These courses are shorter courses, taught by a passionate, knowledgeable and experienced teacher or practitioner, and cover an extensive range of subjects and skills, including academic topics and themes, specialist practical skills development, wellbeing and employability skills. Examples Film Music, BHASVIC TV, Geology, Mind and Movement, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Politics for Beginners.

Can I study the EPQ (Extended Project)? Yes, we have first year and second year study options.

Is the Duke of Edinburgh running at BHASVIC? Yes, we do Gold Award.

What Clubs and Societies are there at BHASVIC? The college also has an extensive range of options for students and the majority of these are run by students for students. If something is missing and you want to set it up, the Student Union have a budget and expertise to support you and, because of the size of the college, if you are interested in something there will be plenty of others interested in that too. Examples include our FemSoc (Feminist Society) and Debating Society. Check out our Enrichment webpage to see more.

What kinds of trips, visits and speakers happen at BHASVIC? Too many to mention here. Many curriculum departments run residential and one day trips locally, nationally and abroad. There are a number of cross-college events to get involved with, such as the skiing trip or expeditions. Curriculum Departments and the Guidance and Student Services teams bring in a wide array of visitors and speakers to inspire, motivate and develop your learning and your future.

Are there any awards or competitions I can get involved with through BHASVIC? Yes, many curriculum departments promote local and national awards and competitions. Check our latest Newsletter to see some examples.

Is it possible to do any work experience or work placements through BHASVIC? Yes, we have a specialist Work Experience Coordinator and each subject area, as well as our tutorial system, provide support to gain experiences and placements. In some instances, a placement is an essential part of a qualification.

The FAQs below are exceptionally common for students, especially at the start of term. There are extensive guidelines on the BHASVLE to help you understand and access all our college systems. These can be found from the top navigation links on the BHASVLE “IT Services”.

If you cannot access the BHASVLE, then navigate from the BHASVIC website and choose Students from the top menu. This will take you to the Student Dashboard – your hub to everything at BHASVIC. There is an IT Help Desk icon where you can request account help to access BHASVLE.

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions which can be answered via the BHASVIC Student Dashboard:

  1. How do I find/log into my BHASVIC Student Email Address?

  2. I don’t know my login details for the BHASVLE/Advantage/365/Teams – what should I do?

  3. When I try to log into a BHASVIC account I can’t, but my username and password are correct – what should I do?

  4. How do I set up my Wi-Fi access at BHASVIC on my phone/laptop?

  5. I can’t get into one of my student accounts from home – what should I do?

  6. How do I manage my printing and printing credit?

We are in the process of updating this page, please be patient whilst we make these changes.

On our BHASVIC website, we have extensive information for you about our Student Services. This is a good starting point for any support you need.

What support services are available to me while we are a virtual college?
All college support services are up and running as close to normal as we can get them. So anything you need, from your tutor, careers, advice on HE, study skills, student services, Additional Learning Support, welfare, bursary, financial support and counselling can still be accessed – just through email and online routes. Drop them a line, using the hyperlinks and let them know what you need. We’ll do our best to help.

Will my Additional Learning Support still be provided?
If you were already receiving support from the ALS team, they will continue to support your learning remotely during this period.

Onsite Provision

The college site will remain open for students who meet approved criteria by invitation only. They will be contacted directly. We are not open for students whose preference is to work onsite. All bursary students have (or have been offered) IT provision. There is very limited ability to provide additional equipment but any requests should be directed to Guidance Managers who will be able to assess individual need.

How can I access library resources?
A vast number of library resources are available online and can be accessed through the Library page of BHASVLE. If you want to e-mail with a specific question for library staff, please e-mail library@bhasvic.ac.uk

Will I still get money for my Bursary and Free College Meals?
Students in receipt of bursary and free college meals will be receiving money directly into bank accounts during this period. We have and are still contacting students who meet certain disadvantaged criteria to assess whether we can help provide IT equipment. If you haven’t heard from us and you need help with IT, please speak to your tutor in the first instance. If you have a particular question relating to your bursary or financial support contact your tutor or e-mail bursary@bhasvic.ac.uk

How can I best support my mental health and wellbeing in the current situation?
Please see our wellbeing page on our website with many resources to help you.

Young Minds have some good advice on how to look after your mental health while self-isolating and social distancing. These focus on the importance of staying connected, staying calm, and offer advice on how to deal with stressful situations at home along with helplines and resources that may prove useful to you.

The NHS also has a useful information page which also includes some wellbeing audio guides on how to manage low mood, anxiety, sleep problems, low confidence and assertiveness and unhelpful thinking.

Our existing website pages on young people’s support are a good source of information and also consider using the following link with contact details inviting you talk to a Primary Mental Health worker from the Brighton and Hove Schools Wellbeing Service

Is it still possible to talk to someone at BHASVIC about how I’m feeling and any worries I might have?

Yes, of course. Do remember that your personal tutor, student services, and welfare team are all still here for you and can be contacted via the college e-mail, Teams or VLE.

For those of you who are currently seeing the counselling team they will be in touch with you, if they haven't already been, to discuss support for you throughout this period.

 Who do I contact if I have a safeguarding concern about myself or someone else?

Contact your tutor, or email safeguarding@bhasvic.ac.uk or if urgent, use the emergency mobile contact: 07483 914 376 (9am to 4pm Mon-Fri only). Please note this phone number is only monitored during term time only.

 What if I need support during holidays, evenings or weekends?

Our existing website pages on Young People Support and Services are a good source of information for emergency and non-emergency situations. In an emergency or for immediate crisis support, phone 999 or the mental health rapid response service on 01273 242220.

Do I need to engage with my tutor and the tutorial programme?

Yes! Your personal tutor will tell you how they expect sessions to work and how they will deliver material to you. Tutors will be following centralised resources (available on BHASVLE Tutorial pages) and will provide online support for students in their tutor groups by checking-in regularly and messaging through virtual one-to-ones. Please follow instructions you are given from them.

I am a parent/carer working from home, how can I keep my young person focused with their learning?

A good first step would be to have them share their timetable with you, so that you can see when they are usually in lessons and when they might be expected to be engaged in online learning. Talk to them about what they have been learning, and if you possibly can, and ask them to explain to you how they are planning to use their time.

I have been in contact with someone who has tested positive - what should I do?

  • If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive you will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of last contact with that person.
  • The eleventh day needs to be a full day, so, for example if the last date of contact was a Monday, you would come out of quarantine on the Friday the following week.
  • You don’t need to get tested (unless you become symptomatic). Others in your household who come into contact with you but who didn’t come into contact with the covid positive person don’t need to isolate (unless you become symptomatic).
  • Others outside of your household (fellow students, friends, work colleges, etc) who came into contact with you but who didn’t come into contact with the covid positive person don’t need to isolate (unless you test positive).
  • If you have been identified as a close contact and do get a test, even if that test result is negative, you must remain in isolation for 10 days of last contact.
  • If you have received a positive test result, you must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or the date of the test if asymptomatic). Your household must isolate for 10 days. In these cases, please contact BHASVIC urgently via outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Here is the link to the Government site – which has all the exception clauses to the above advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

 

I (or someone who lives with me) has a medical vulnerability or extreme anxieties linked to being onsite and/or travelling to and from college and I would prefer not to come on site for lessons. Can I access all my lessons remotely?

We understand that this is a very worrying time for anyone with medical or other vulnerabilities. We are keen to support you in maintaining your health and wellbeing and to help you to continue to access learning.

However, you should be aware that we do not have the teacher time or resource to provide one-to-one, remote tuition. Our online course resources are part of a 'blended' approach and do not stand alone as a complete, long-term educational package for a student who is not coming to lessons. The situation would be different if the college went into lockdown, where our teachers would then move to their time, resources and capacity to delivering their courses to all students remotely.

Shielding advice for all adults and young people was paused on 1 August. This means that even the small number of students who will remain on the shielded patient list can return to college, as can those who have family members who were shielding. Please read the latest information from the Government website.

Whilst the college remains open, and we are delivering some or all of our lessons on-site, we cannot support long-term independent learning and remote study. However, we appreciate that there may be individual circumstances (for example, for those who have been advised by a medical professional to take additional isolation precautions due to a severe health issue) where some flexibility may be required for short periods of Tier 3 lockdown or when local infection rates remain very high. In this circumstance we advise that:

  1. Students discuss their personal circumstance with their Guidance Manager to complete an individual risk assessment
  2. Students and parents/carers understand that we will not be able to provide individualised lessons or work to be set. Our courses have independent study provision and remote work which is set via Teams and/or VLE for the one third lesson and this is the work that a student who is not attending onsite will be asked to complete. 
  3. The student must remain in contact with their teacher about anything which is unclear, throughout the period when they are working remotely. 
  4. If the student has not yet returned to onsite learning within 4 weeks, we expect that a review will be conducted with Guidance Manager in discussion with teachers, and a phased return or discussion of alternative, deferral options agreed.

What are the 'rules' on self-isolation?

The general rules are set out here. You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus(a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus 
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive
  • someone in your 'support bubble' has symptoms or has tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk 

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you'll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

I have been in contact with someone who is highly likely to have coronavirus but they can’t get a test

The current system only requires isolation once a case is confirmed positive. However, if you decide to isolate as a result, then that is a pro-active measure but currently it up to you to decide this.

I have been in contact with someone who has been identified as a close contact – do I need to do anything?

A ‘close contact’ of a ‘close contact of a confirmed case’ does not need to isolate unless that close contact becomes a confirmed case themselves or unless you become symptomatic yourself.

How is a close contact defined?

Anyone who has touched a confirmed case

Anyone who has been within 1 metre for one minute

Anyone who have been within 2 metres for 15 minutes

When should I book a coronavirus test?

Please read this letter from the Chief Nurse of Public Health England.

I can’t get a test – what should I do?

Remain in isolation until your quarantine is completed

I can’t get a test – does college have any?

No. We were given 10 tests and these are reserved for clinically vulnerable members of our community

The full college risk assessment for Coronavirus is available HERE

 

Where and when do I have to wear a face covering at college?

Since the start of term, we have asked all students to wear face coverings whilst moving around the college, both in corridors and outside; as well as in social and study spaces.  

If students are eating or drinking they can remove their face coverings temporarily but must ensure they are 1 metre or more away from others and replace face coverings as soon as possible. We ask students to be without face coverings for as short a period as possible, whilst eating.

As a response to the national lockdown, from 5 November, we also requested that students wear face coverings during lessons onsite, although in order to complete particular classroom activities, there may be times when students can remove their face covering, in discussion with their teacher. We will review this decision as national guidance and policy changes with regard to alert levels.

Do I have to wear a face covering in an exam?

Students can remove face coverings during any exam which has been organised formally by the Exams Office (eg. mocks or final assessments). Alternatively, students can choose to continue to wear face coverings, if they wish. Exams have their own, separate risk assessment and procedures, which follow published government guidance here and requires that students are seated at least 2 metres apart in an exam; this is different from elsewhere in college. When entering and exiting the exam room, students should follow the usual college rules on wearing face coverings, as outlined above. 

Does everyone have to wear a face covering?

There are some students who may be exempt due to a particular health or disability reason (eg. asthma, ASC). If this is the case, you can complete an individual risk assessment with your Personal Tutor and, if you wish, you can carry an exemption lanyard. If you choose not to have an exemption lanyard, just be aware that you may be asked to explain your situation to Covid Marshals or other members of staff.

How do I get an exemption lanyard?

Discuss your situation with your Personal Tutor or one of the Study Support team. They will advise on completing an individual risk assessment with you and authorise you to collect an exemption lanyard from Student Services Reception.

Safe wearing and disposal of face coverings

Wearing a face covering is just one of a number of preventative measures and system of controls, recommended by the Department for Education for FE and sixth form colleges HERE

There is more detailed guidance on how to wear a face covering safely HERE.

  • A face covering should cover your nose and mouth and ideally include at least two layers of fabric or be disposable.
  • You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before removing or putting one on, and do not touch your face during use or when removing a face covering.
  • Make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched using disposable wipes and avoid placing face coverings on desks, tables and other surfaces.
  • You should not share face coverings with others and, if it is single-use, dispose of it carefully in a ‘black bag’ waste bin.
  • Do not recycle a disposable, single-use face covering and place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag when not in use. Take home and wash regularly.

We have a small supply of face coverings at Main Reception or Student Services Reception if you forget to bring one to college.

Covid Marshals

We expect that all students will follow the college contract and be polite and respectful to all members of staff, including our Marshals.

Please follow their instructions, without argument, as it is their job to ensure that everyone in the college community remains safe and follows the rules on social distancing and face coverings during the pandemic.  Students who are rude or disrespectful will be dealt with according to our code of conduct and may be asked to leave the site.

Thank you!

SMT

 

Student Social Spaces – Opening Times

Name 

Open 

Year Group 

Seating Plan recording 

Main Hall 

9.30 – 14.30

All 

Sign-in by Invigilators 

Copper Café 

8.00 – 15.00

A1 only 

Sign-in sheets on tables 

Canteen 

8.00 – 15.00

A2 only

Sign-in sheets on tables 

Elms Common Room 

9.45 – 14.30 

All 

Sign-in sheets on tables  

Classrooms 

Breaks and lunchtime 

All 

Classrooms remain open for students to use as overspill, with exception of specialist spaces (eg. labs)