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Posted on September 18, 2020 by Kingston Maurward

Our promise to our returning students and those of you who will be starting with us in September, is that we will be providing you with an inspiring learning programme that develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to progress to the next steps in your chosen career path.

We will be delivering a ‘hybrid’ model for most students which will involve attendance two days a week onsite in College and significant work to complete remotely online using the Microsoft Teams platform. We are committed to supporting our students’ learning, and also have their welfare and the health of them, and their families, uppermost in our minds. We will be providing training to ensure all students can access the learning opportunities.

We continue to hold discussions with our transport companies to ensure a model can be developed that keeps students as safe as possible whilst travelling to and from College, and in line with government advice. Further updates on this will be provided once the guidance is clear on the use of public transport.

We continue to interview and engage with those of you who have applied for commencing studies in September  and we look forward to welcoming you to Kingston Maurward College. If you have not yet applied we want to reassure you that it’s not too late to submit your application, please follow this link and complete the form.Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and patience during these challenging times. Stay safe and please get in touch if you have any queries.

Very best wishes

Oliver Symons

Deputy Principal (Learning & Performance)

 

For more detailed or specific information, please see the information below and if you have any queries during this time, you can still reach out to us on our website or by emailing us on marketing@kmc.ac.uk

Please continue checking this webpage to keep up-to-date with our latest developments and future information about the new academic year.

This is an evolving situation and official advice changes regularly. We will continue to review this policy and keep you updated as to any changes.

Current students

Our students are important to us so please explore this page for helpful information if you are currently studying with us – www.kmc.ac.uk/college/current-students/

  • All visitors including parents must have a scheduled appointment.
  • Please do not visit the campus if you have developed a fever (above 37.8C) a new, continuous cough or other COVID-19 symptoms within the last seven days.
  • Please do not visit if in the past 14 days you have travelled from, or transited through, any of the countries or areas that are currently on ‘lockdown’, or anyone in your household is self–isolating in accordance with current guidelines.
  • Please ensure you report to Reception hatch to sign in. You will be met by a member of staff or directed to the area you are visiting.
  • Please use hand sanitiser before entering any building and wash your hands before leaving home and during your visit where possible.
  • You are not requested to wear a face mask but if you are more comfortable wearing a face mask, please bring your own.
  • Please observe social distancing during your visit.
  • We would like to advise you that Kingston Maurward is currently discouraging handshakes as a greeting. We apologise for not being able to give you our usual warm welcome, but we must take the current situation very seriously and look after the welfare of our students and staff.
  • As the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, we will revise procedures in line with government guidelines.

We thank you for your understanding and support.

You can still apply to all our courses and Apprenticeships at www.kmc.ac.uk. Applications can be made through our website. Search for the course you are interested in and fill in an application form.

Yes you can. Please email your subject change request to Jason.hughes@kmc.ac.uk

In your email please state the course you have been offered a place on and the course you would like to transfer to.

For some transfers within the same department there may not need to be another interview but if you are requesting to transfer to a different department, our Admissions team will be in contact with you to discuss the new course and any conditions that may apply.

At the College, we are supporting employers, organisations and apprentices to continue with apprenticeships wherever possible and that our decisions are in line with current Government advice.

We’ve had discussions with many smaller employers, who are feeling anxious that they may have to terminate the contract with an apprentice but also don’t want to take that course of action. In these situations, we often advise that furloughing the apprentice is a good option and allows us to continue training the apprentice. We are then able to deliver underpinning subject knowledge matter, in accordance with their apprenticeship and ensuring the apprentice is up-to-date and ready to restart back in the workplace.

For larger employers, the same option may well be discussed but some will not want to furlough staff, particularly those in the health and care industries. In these instances, where employees are struggling to keep up with workload and the commitment to the apprenticeship, a break in learning of at least four weeks is often the right solution. This removes the anxiety of having to complete assignments whilst dealing with a highly stressful environment and situation but allows them to return to the apprenticeship in the near future.

 

We realise that this is a difficult time for employers and apprentices and we deal with each person on a case-by-case basis to ensure decisions are right for them. The safety and wellbeing of our apprentices, the employers that we work with and our staff is of fundamental importance to us and we are regularly reviewing how we deliver apprenticeships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For GCSEs, the government have issued the following letter: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

Please follow this link for Ofqual’s blog released Thursday 9thApril 2020 which includes explanation videos for staff and students: https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/arrangements-for-summer-2020/

For BTEC and Technical qualifications awarding bodies are working with Ofqual and other key stakeholders to formulate a process which allows the calculation of an overall qualification grade for each learner which reflects their performance as fairly as possible.

This will only affect those students in their final or top up year. Both our university partners have enacted ‘no detriment’ policies. This means that your final grade will be based on marks for modules completed up to the point of lockdown (23 March 2020). Marks gained in the remainder of the year for modules will only count towards your final grade if they improve your current overall grade. There will therefore be no affect if your grades are affected in this semester.  

You will still need to complete assessments for your remaining modules to ensure you have all the credits you need to be awarded your qualification.

Some courses have been cancelled prior to starting and some courses have started but have not been able to be completed. The college is evaluating each of these courses and looking at the possibility of rescheduling where possible or processing refunds where appropriate. These will be actioned in due course.

In the short term, all Kingston Maurward College events have been cancelled until further notice. This is following government guidance on mass gatherings.

We are keen to still meet you! Kingston Maurward College site might be closed, but we are still virtually open. We will be arranging interviews to take place via telephone rather than face-to-face. We will be in touch to arrange these with you directly.

Yes. Class size and the balance of online with on-campus delivery will be planned to support your studies. This approach is called Blended Learning. It will involve online study that is linked to sessions in College, or some modules may be suitable without face to face delivery in the classroom. There will also be opportunity for ‘live’ lessons to be delivered online.

The College will still be able to provide regular contact with a tutor, as well as module tutors, remotely or online. As soon as restrictions allow, face to face support may resume. The College’s student support service will still operate remotely but they will still be able to deal with enquiries for support, and sign post students to relevant services as necessary.

No, you will not receive a reduction in fees for online-only tuition as the College would still be teaching you and supporting you with your study. We are expecting to start next academic year with a blended delivery model, meaning you will receive a combination of online tuition, and in-situ small group, practical tuition sessions on campus.

The Government’s dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is being kept up-to-date with the latest advice and guidance: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For more information about self-isolation, please visit nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

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