Current Students

We are delivering teaching, learning and support online.

We will continue to follow Government and Public Health England advice, and we urge you to monitor our website and social media platforms for regular updates. 

Key information on this page

Stay home. Stay safe

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be found at the Government site here.

Studying online

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.

Bradford College Students’ Union has lots of advice and support about wellbeingstudying from home, and virtual socialising and staying safe onlinehttps://www.bradfordcollegesu.co.uk/

Logging on to Bradford College IT and systems

*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.

Help!

Our Student Services Team will be on hand answering queries, 11am – 2pm Monday to Friday via:

Email: sservices@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Telephone: 01274 088 880

Exams and assessments

GCSE and A Level qualifications 

  • 3 April 2020 – GCSEs and A Level Exam Guidance released 

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  • 3 April 2020 – OFQUAL questions and answers about exams and assessments 

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  • 23 March 2020 – The Secretary of State advised the government’s intention that results would be issued to this year’s cohort based on a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.
  • 18 March 2020 – The Secretary of State for Education announced that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A level exam series would be cancelled in order to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead.
  • 20 April 2020 – Exam results and performance data for 2020

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We have written letters to current students with further details about how their grades will be assessed. You can view copies of the letters sent here: 

If you are a current student and you have queries about your exams – remember you can email:

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 admissions@bradfordcollege.ac.uk or call 01274 088088

Vocational and technical qualifications

  • While this process does not apply to those qualifications, the same aims apply.
  • Ofqual is working urgently to develop an approach and we will provide further information as soon as possible.

Access to HE

  • The QAA has published its COVID-19 update for Access to HE providers, with detail on how Access to HE students will be assessed or continue their learning.
  • These students will be awarded a graded Access to HE Diploma based on the assessment they have already completed with calculated grades for all remaining assessments that have submission dates after 20 March 2020.  
  • Please read the QAA update ,which contains more information.

Closure of College and school buildings

  • 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.

 Work experience and placements

  • 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.
  • If you have questions about placements, contact the team on: 01274 088943 or email: workplacements@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Essential Student Services

For support with Student Finance/Financial Hardship, including:

• Bursaries

• Childcare Funding

• Free College Meals

• Travel

• Hardship Payments

Please email: studentfunding@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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: careers@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

All other queries which do not fall into the above categories, please email: sservices@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Safeguarding and Wellbeing:

You can contact our Safeguarding & Wellbeing Team on 01274 088 999 from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday or you can email: safeguarding@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Further details can also be found on our ‘Staying Safe’ poster.

Self-isolation

If you or anyone within your household is exhibiting symptoms, you should follow Government advice on what to do to self-isolate.

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.

Staff and students are directed to the official health advice from the NHS.

Vulnerable groups:

The College has identified vulnerable groups and has directed staff and students in these groups to work/study from home 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.

Absence reporting:

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-formhttps://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.

Events:

All planned events and activities are postponed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and reschedule events as appropriate.

Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

NHS UK: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Tips for Successful Distance Learning: https://www.mastersdegree.net/distance-learning-tips-covid-19/

Coronavirus Information for International Students: https://www.studying-in-uk.org/coronavirus-information-for-uk-international-students/

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: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Important information for Further Education (FE) students about the Covid-19 outbreak

Please read our advice and information, including a letter from our Senior Leadership Team and a series of FAQs.

New GCSEs and A Level Exam Guidance – released by Ofqual on Friday 3 April 2020

GCSE and A-level students will receive grades based on what tutors believe they are most likely to have been given if they had sat their exams this summer, according to guidelines announced by Ofqual today (3 April 2020). While this process does not apply to vocational and technical qualifications, Ofqual is working urgently to develop an approach to those qualifications and we will provide further information as soon as possible. GCSE and A-level grades Like other schools and colleges, Bradford College will provide exam boards with:

  • 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.

Grades will be decided using a variety of evidence of student work including: 

  • Progress review data
  • Classwork
  • Homework
  • Mock exams

 The aim of the assessment guidelines is to standardise grades across schools and colleges, ensure results for students are as fair as possible and accurately reflect their work and efforts. We expect to submit grades and ranked performance to exam boards at the end of May. We are not permitted to inform students of the grades we will be submitting, as they will not be final until exam boards have reviewed and confirmed the grades. Currently results are expected to be announced in August, as if exams had been sat as normal. Read the Ofqual page which contains the letter to students and additional information for schools, parents and students on the award of grades this year. Bradford College will be working hard to digest the guidance and make preparations to ensure that our students are fairly treated in this process. We will contact students and parents again towards the end of April to provide further updates ahead of grade assessments. You can also read the government’s letter to parents and students. Following the Easter break, we will continue to deliver online learning to students. If you are a current student and you have queries about your exams – remember you can email:

 

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. Please email admissions@bradfordcollege.ac.uk or call 01274 088088

Background and FAQs

On 18 March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A level exam series would be cancelled in order to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead. On 23 March, the Secretary of State advised the government’s intention that results would be issued to this year’s cohort based on a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.

Which qualification will be assessed?

This information is relevant to all students and exam centres in England using the following qualifications regulated by Ofqual and offered by AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds.

  • GCSEs
  • AS and A levels
  • Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)
  • Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths

Vocational and technical qualifications

While this process does not apply to those qualifications, the same aims apply. Ofqual is working urgently to develop an approach and we will provide further information as soon as possible. 

Access to HE

The QAA has published its COVID-19 update for Access to HE providers, with detail on how Access to HE students will be assessed or continue their learning. These students will be awarded a graded Access to HE Diploma based on the assessment they have already completed with calculated grades for all remaining assessments that have submission dates after 20 March 2020. 

Please read the QAA update ,which contains more information.

Colleges will use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. Colleges will consider the full range of available evidence when they grade students, including:

non-exam assessment 

the results of any homework assignments or mock exams 

and any other records of student performance over the course of study.

Colleges are also asked to provide a rank order of students within each grade. This is to provide statistical data as part of the standardisation process Ofqual has provided clear guidance to colleges on the grading and rank ordering process to help teaching staff to take a common approach to assessing their students.


Exam boards will provide detailed instructions to schools and colleges on when and how to submit centre assessment grades after Easter. The deadline to submit grades will be no earlier than 29 May 2020, and centres will have a window of at least two weeks in which to submit the data. 

In some subjects students will have completed, or nearly completed, non-exam assessment. This will be helpful to colleges in deciding each student’s grade and rank order.  However, colleges do not need to ask students to complete any unfinished non-exam assessment work for the purposes of grading. 

College-based assessment already has an important role in many GCSEs, AS and A levels. In an unprecedented situation such as this, colleges are best placed to judge the likely performance of their students had courses been completed as normal. There is evidence to show that teachers can rank order students with a high degree of accuracy. In the interests of fairness to students, judgements made by schools and colleges across the country should be consistent. Exam boards will therefore standardise the judgements once grades have been submitted. 

To make sure that grades are fair between schools and colleges, exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual. The model of standardisation is currently being finalised, but we expect it will look at evidence such as:

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.

 Standardisation will not change the rank order of students within each centre; nor will it assume that the distribution of grades in each subject/centre should be the same. However, if grading judgements in some schools and colleges appear to be more severe or generous than others, exam boards will adjust the grades of some or all of those students upwards or downwards accordingly. 

No. It is important that colleges do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students, parents or carers before final results have been issued. This is to protect the integrity of the teachers’ judgements. 

Ofqual will work hard to ensure results can be released as soon as is possible. Results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and if possible maybe issued a little earlier, so students can have the certainty they need. 

The grades awarded to students will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers. On the results slips and certificates, grades will be reported in the same way as in previous years.

Yes, this approach will enable students to move onto the next stage of their education or employment in the autumn as planned. The Department for Education has discussed the plan with UCAS, school and college leaders, who are supportive of the approach. 

Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn series or in summer 2021. If they choose to do this, both grades will stand. 

Important information for  Higher Education students about Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

Bradford College are committed to keeping you informed, following the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please read letters from the Bradford College Senior Leadership Team and from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP, plus useful information and a series of FAQs.

Still have a query?

If you still have questions not addressed within the FAQs, please direct your queries to your Programme Lead and/or Tutor in the first instance.

Regular updates continue to be posted via the College website, Moodle and via emails. Please check the website and your emails regularly (including spam and junk filters) to ensure you remain up-to-date.

Last updated: 23 July 2020

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