Advice for Further Education students
We want to continue to reassure you we are doing everything possible to limit the impact of Covid-19 on your studies and your student experience, whilst ensuring that we safety deliver our courses under current restrictions and government advice.
Please see the latest information relating to Spring Term: January 2021 for our Further Education students:
We will commence term on Monday 4th January with online delivery only. As our FE learners will all be taking exams this year, we will recommence blended learning (on campus and online) as soon as we are able to, as advised by the DofE, Updates will be communicated by email to students/parents..
The delivery of our study programmes for 16-18 year old learners is detailed here.
The government has allocated funds to support those disadvantaged by Covid-19. Please follow this link to find out how Writtle University College will be using this 16-19 year old Tuition Fee Allocation.
Students undertaking work placements will need to confirm any revised arrangements with your workplace setting.
As previously communicated, we are requesting that all students have a Covid-19 test before commencing in-person delivery. This can be taken either as a PCR Test at a community testing centre or as a Lateral Flow Test at our campus. Students that have the test at Writtle University College will be required to have 2 tests, 3 days apart.
To protect your health and wellbeing, we encourage vulnerable students not to travel back onto campus whilst we are in Tier 4. Please ensure that your course tutor is aware of your circumstances and please reassured that you will not be penalised in anyway.
It is important that you email firstname.lastname@example.org if you receive a positive test result and follow government guidelines in relation to self-isolation.
As this is a ever changing situation, we ask that all students remain in good contact with their course tutor and check their WUC email regularly.
Please see below for recent communications relating to the phased return to campus for the academic year 20/21
Updated information will be displayed on this site when it becomes available.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will my course be taught?
We are reopening of our campus from September and , subject to any further government advice, will to deliver our college courses and apprenticeship programmes in a blended form. Most students will be on campus 2/3 days a week.
Our Course Tutor will provide the relevant information relating to your timetable wc Monday 7th September. Please keep an eye on your Writtle email address for updates.
How will I get the qualification I need when I finish?
You will and we are working with our awarding bodies to ensure that this is done appropriately. We know that you've worked hard all year and will be very worried about not being able to finish your course. For further information on plans for your specific course, please speak to your course tutor.
Will I still be able to go to college this September?
Yes of course. We have just run our GCSE Enrolment Event and welcomed, many students to campus choosing to study with us from September. We look forward to you joining our community in September. If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com
What happens about planned work experience?
Currently, our advice is that you should continue your work placement provided your employer is happy to do so. We are working through this at course level and ask that you speak directly to your course tutor for advice and guidance.
Will my attendance record be affected?
The move to online delivery, as required, will not affect your absence record. However, if you are unwell and/or if you are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus, please continue to report this using the guidance published last week: call 01245 424200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still use the library?
We are in the process of reopening our library in line with Covid-19 guidelines. The team will still answer any queries you may have at the following email address email@example.com. Online access to library resources remains the same via Moodle. We encourage you to make the most of our online resources by keeping informed about how to access material remotely, and using our quick guides and videos to help you.
Will my study trip be going ahead?
No. Following Government advice, we have suspended all study trips, both in the UK and abroad until further notice. Any payments already made for upcoming study trips will be refunded.
What do I need to do if I am planning a personal trip abroad?
Advice for those intending to travel abroad and for those returning to the UK from specific countries is changing rapidly. You must follow the latest quarantine advice to self isolate.
Before travelling, or making plans to travel, you must check the latest advice from the Government’ Foreign Travel Advice website. This has links to detailed advice for every country/territory, and you should make sure to check the ‘Summary’ and ‘Health’ sections for the country/territory you are travelling to. There is also a facility to sign up for email alerts for the country/territory you are visiting.
I'm a Tier 4 student and I'm worried about my visa. What should I do?
UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) have released guidance on the immigration implications caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. For more details see Home Office guidance. Please continue to check this information for further updates, as we expect further news from UKVI on this concession shortly.
The campus will remain open to continue to support our residential students.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice and support.
What will happen if the University College has to close?
The University College currently remains open.
We are facing a rapidly changing situation and the WUC Leadership Group is reviewing decisions on a regular basis, in response to Government advice. Our priority is to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. We will do all that we can to support students to complete the remainder of their study and assessment for this academic year.
Will I still be able to access support services such as DSA, Wellbeing, Student Success etc?
Yes. These services remain available for you to use and you can contact staff via email or phone.
We realise that this is a concerning time for everyone and you may experience anxiety or feelings of isolation. We encourage you to speak to someone by contacting the Wellbeing Team by emailing email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Face-to-face sessions with the Student Success team will no longer be going ahead, but we will replace these with online support sessions, enhanced online materials and other resources as needed.
What should I do if I experience harassment, bullying or racism?
Sadly, we know that there have been incidents of xenophobic and racist behaviour and abuse in the UK. No one should have to suffer this and we have a zero-tolerance approach to any such behaviour at WUC.
If you experience, or are witness to, any behaviour of this type, please report it to the police immediately. You can also report it to the University College via our Wellbeing Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We emphasise the need to show care, respect and kindness to each other during this uncertain time.