Virtual Open Day
Welcome to the Kingston Maurward College Virtual
There’s still time to apply for full-time courses, apprenticeships and degree level courses starting this September – our Virtual Open Day is an exciting opportunity to listen to an overview of the College by the Principal, Luke Rake, explore some of our campus with Deputy Principal, Ollie Symons, take a virtual 360-degree tour of the estate, and apply online.
We will also be offering a series of live Q&A sessions via Facebook 4pm – 5pm Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th July hosted by Ollie Symons, who will answer any queries you may have before joining us this September. Please take a look at our Facebook page to find out how you can participate.
Don’t forget, we’re still operating remotely, so please apply online and we’ll arrange a telephone interview so that you can start your future today!
Is the College currently open or closed?
The College campus is closed to students from Monday 23 March 2020. It is also closed to staff with the exception of those who are carrying out ‘essential services’.
However, the ‘virtual’ college is very much open with staff working remotely to provide support and inspiring leaning to all students.
This situation will be continually reviewed and this dedicated page will continue to be updated regularly to keep you informed on our position.
Can I still apply for full-time, short courses, Apprenticeships and Degree Level courses?
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.
Can I change my chosen subject if I have already applied for another course?
Yes you can. Please email your subject change request to Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Apprenticeships and COVID-19: What is KMC doing?
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.
How will the College be awarding qualifications this year?
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.
What happens if I have an exam scheduled for this academic year?
Technical, BTEC and GCSE exams are cancelled and we shall release how grades will be awarded as soon as we are told by the awarding bodies.
RHS exams due to be held in June have been rescheduled for September 2020
For exams such as functional skills, dog grooming, L1 vocational and full time NCFE we are still awaiting information from the awarding bodies as to how they are going to award qualifications. City and Guilds in particular are continuing to investigate other alternatives.
Further information will be shared once received from awarding bodies.
Will we still have exams in some subjects for degree level courses?
Although both the college and our partners did consider the possibility of conducting on line exams, it was felt that these could not conducted fairly and safely for students. Our students have a range of accessibility to good Wifi, as well as different abilities to gain dedicated space and time to complete exam style assessments in their own home, so the universities and the college have decided that all planned exams will now be by alternative assessment. Module tutors will be issuing alternative tasks to meet the criteria for submission in June.
I am worried my grades will be affected by the lockdown, and this will affect my final degree award.
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.
Message for our BTEC Learners
- We have asked teachers/tutors at your school/college to provide us with:
- actual grades for internal BTEC units that you completed
- ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
- a rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.
Will I be entitled to a refund on transport for the time I have not been to College?
If you are currently up to date with your payments and paying for your college transport by Standing Order or Direct Debit then can we please ask that you cancel the payment that is due on the 1st May 2020.
If you have a revised payment plan and you are unsure whether your payments are up to date for the travel undertaken up to and including 20th March 2020 please contact Jason.Hughes@kmc.ac.uk who will look at these on an individual basis.
Any transport refunds that may be due will be calculated and any actioned in due course.