- Please read our information and FAQs for Further Education students following the Covid-19 outbreak
- Important information for Higher Education students about Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak
- Read our guide on getting help and support.
- Find out what can help your mental health and wellbeing
UPDATE: New GCSEs and A Level Exam Guidance - released by Ofqual on Friday 3 April 2020
- The grade they believe students would have received if they had sat their exams as planned this summer
- Within each subject, the order of students ranked by performance, for each grade.
- Progress review data
- Mock exams
- English and maths GCSE exams queries to: [email protected]
- For queries about A Level exams email: [email protected]
Background and FAQs
Which qualification will be assessed?
- AS and A levels
- Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)
- Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths
Vocational and technical qualifications
Access to HE
Please read the QAA update ,which contains more information.
How will centre assessment grades work?
- non-exam assessment
- the results of any homework assignments or mock exams
- and any other records of student performance over the course of study.
When and how will centre assessment grades be submitted to exam boards?
What does this mean for non-exam assessment?
Will centre assessment grades be accurate?
How will centre assessment grades be standardised?
- the expected national outcomes for this year’s students
- the prior attainment of students at each school and college
- and the results of the school or college in recent years.
Will students see the centre assessment grades their school or college submits?
When will results be released?
Will grades issued in 2020 carry the same weight as grades issued in previous or future years?
Will students be able to progress to the next stage of education or employment with these grades?
If students choose to take an exam this autumn, which grade will stand – the exam or centre assessment grade?
PREVIOUS UPDATES AND USEFUL LINKS
30 March 2020, 1pm
The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, made a statement in the House of Commons that schools and colleges in England will close from Friday 20 March until further notice.
Bradford College is now physically closed, however all teaching and learning has moved to remote/online and alternative formats from Monday 23 March, to enable students and apprentices to make progress in a way which is safer for everyone.
The College continues to work hard in very challenging circumstances with its students and apprentices to ensure they remain supported.
Students are asked to login to their emails and access Moodle to continue their studies; and to contact their tutor(s) during the College day and in term-time with subject-related queries and concerns via email and/or Moodle.
Our Student Services Team will be on hand answering any of your queries 11am – 2pm Monday to Friday via:
To further support the Government's social distancing measures, as of Monday 23 March the College has stopped ALL industry placements and work experience for the foreseeable future. Employers are being contacted via email to obtain feedback on student performance in order to support achievement. The College appreciates the support that our students and apprentices have received to date, and is confident that we will continue to work together through these uncertain times to provide the best possible start for all of our students in the next academic year.
We will continue to follow the Government and Public Health England advice and we urge you to monitor our website and social media platforms for regular updates.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be found here.
Exams & assessments
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson explained that this year's exams and assessments will not go ahead as planned.
The latest Government advice about exams and assessments can be found here.
The Government information confirms that students will no longer be sitting exams this year and that they will be awarded a fair grade and be allowed to move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that's into Further or Higher Education, an apprenticeship or into employment.
The Government states that students will be awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in, using evidence such as performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to and there will also be opportunity to sit exams in summer 2021.
We will continue to update you with further information regarding exams and assessments as soon as it is published by the Government.
We appreciate this is an extremely concerning development and we know that students and their parents/carers will be very anxious about what this may mean for their GCSE, A Level, Apprenticeship and degree results and progression to further and higher education, training and employment.
The Prime Minister has given an assurance that students will get the qualifications they need. We are committed to ensuring that all students and their parents/carers obtain updated advice as soon as more information is made available.
For Bradford College students who have queries about their:
English and maths GCSE exams which were due to take place in May and June 2020 please email our dedicated email address: [email protected]
For queries about A Level exams, which were due to take place this academic year, please email our dedicated A Level questions address: [email protected]
Regardless of your grading outcome this year, our Admissions Team will be on hand throughout your applications process to ensure you secure your place on your chosen course this September. To speak to a friendly Admissions Officer please email [email protected] or call on 01274 088088.
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Services for Students: https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/student-services
For everything else, please visit: https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/student-portal
Changing/resetting your College IT password:
Students: Logging into the IT network
Contact the New Student Helpline
Still need help?
Please contact your tutor(s) if you are experiencing login problems. Staff will be available during College term-time hours.
*Please be aware that network connections may be slow due to increased global usage. Please be patient accessing online learning resources, emails, Moodle and Microsoft teams etc. Demand is extremely high while students and staff across the world access online channels at the same time.
Industry placements & work experience
To further support the Government's social distancing measures, as of Monday 23rd March the College has stopped ALL industry placements and work experience for the foreseeable future. Employers are being contacted via email to obtain feedback on student performance in order to support achievement. The College appreciates the support that our students and apprentices have received to date, and is confident that we will continue to work together through these uncertain times to provide the best possible start for all of our students in the next academic year.
Please direct questions/queries to:
t. 01274 088943
Essential Student Services
Our Student Services Team will be on hand answering any of your queries between 11am – 2pm Monday to Friday via phone or email.
Student Services 01274 088 880
For support with Student Finance/Financial Hardship, including:
• Childcare Funding
• Free College Meals
• Hardship Payments
Please email: [email protected]
For Careers Guidance and Information Advice and Guidance on:
• UCAS queries and support
• Pre-entry guidance and support with applications
• Support to find casual work Support for parents who have become unemployed
• Volunteering opportunities (including those resulting from the crisis)
• All other usual Careers Service support
Please email: [email protected]
All other queries which do not fall into the above categories, please email: [email protected]
Safeguarding and Wellbeing:
You can contact our Safeguarding & Wellbeing Team on 01274 088 999 from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday or you can email: [email protected]
Further details can also be found on our ‘Staying Safe' poster.
Please check the website and social media platforms for regular updates.
Self-isolation Government update:
As of 16 March, anyone exhibiting symptoms, or if anyone within your household is exhibiting symptoms, you MUST self-isolate as a family/cohabitants for 14-days minimum.
Staff can work from home during this period if they remain well or are symptom free – but the whole family must now self-isolate for a longer period than previously recommended.
The change is from 7 to 14 days, which medical advice suggests is a sufficient incubation period to prevent the spread of the virus.
In line with advice from the government and Public Health England, staff and students are being directed to the official health advice from the NHS. Staff and students are being asked to familiarise themselves with symptoms and to follow current advice.
The College has identified vulnerable groups and has directed staff and students in these groups to work/study from home for the next 12-weeks in line with current recommendations. Anyone that falls into the following categories MUST work with their Head of Department, Line Manager or tutor(s) to put plans in place:
• Students/staff aged 70+
• Pregnant students/staff
• People with serious underlying health conditions*
*Refer to the NHS guidance on serious health conditions (namely heart and lung conditions, immune deficiencies and cancers).
Advice for students & staff:
If you are worried about displaying symptoms, or if you have concerns for a fellow student, member of staff or colleague, please go to the NHS 111 Coronvirus website. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. Students and staff should follow our standard procedures to report their absence from College.
Staff and students MUST continue to report their absence via the usual channels. Staff MUST notify HR and their Line Manager and students MUST notify their tutors.
Student absence due to sickness or self-isolation should be reported via the College Student Absence e-form: https://extranet.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/absence/ and/or by calling 01274 088 088, and selecting option 2.
Staff must continue to report their absence.
From Wednesday 18 March:
• Staff absence due to sickness should be reported via the Employee sickness absence reporting e-form, Employee sickness absence reporting e-form
• Since the College is now observing the Governments directive to Work From Home (WFH), there is no longer a need to notify us about self-isolation. You should only report your absence if you are sick and therefore unable to WFH.
Please note that in the event that you are self-isolating and are identified as able to work from home, your line manager will contact you with the relevant work to be completed.
All planned events and activities are postponed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and reschedule events as appropriate.
Useful information links and contacts:
Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Department for Education: The Department for Education have set up a Coronavirus helpline for staff, parents and young people to answer their questions about COVID-19 relating to education.
The helpline number is 0800 046 8687, Email: [email protected] Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)