Coronavirus Guidance

To remain in-line with guidelines of social distancing we continue to restrict access to College sites and therefore the online delivery model for students will continue unless the Government guidelines indicate otherwise.

This means students still do not need to attend College unless they are a:

  • student with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • student with an assigned social worker
  • child of a key worker (such as NHS, police and delivery drivers).

Please be aware, the College is closed to all visitors. All enquiries must be sent to info@cityplym.ac.uk as the College Reception is closed.

The College appreciates that this is a difficult and confusing time, but its priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of its students and staff.

Please see the drop-down boxes below to see how this affects you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the closure affect sudents?

From Monday 23 March the College will be moving to online learning. This means you do not need to attend College unless you are a:

  • student with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • student with an assigned social worker
  • child of a key worker (such as NHS, police and delivery drivers). 

To enable you to continue your studies, your lecturer has uploaded online learning materials onto your Google/Moodle site. Work will be set via regular communication from your lecturer who you will be able to communicate with via e-mail. This will allow you to also keep on top of any assignments and have them marked quickly. 

We will keep you informed of developments and communicate with you regarding your studies.

Whilst the College appreciates any disruption to learning is not ideal our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. As part of this, I would encourage everyone to be thoughtful and supportive towards each other.

If you have any queries, or you do not have access to IT equipment please contact your lecturer immediately. If you are unable to contact your lecturer, e-mail info@cityplym.ac.uk

How does the closure affect parents and carers?

From Monday 23 March the College will be moving to online learning. This means that students do not need to attend College unless they are a:

  • student with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • student with an assigned social worker
  • child of a key worker (such as NHS, police and delivery drivers) 

To enable students to continue their studies, their lecturer has uploaded online learning materials onto their Google/Moodle site. Work will be set via regular communication from their lecturer who they will be able to communicate with via e-mail. This will allow students to also keep on top of any assignments and have them marked quickly. 

We will keep you informed of developments and communicate with you regarding their studies.

Whilst the College appreciates any disruption to learning is not ideal our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. As part of this, I would encourage everyone to be thoughtful and supportive towards each other.

If you have any queries, or do not have access to IT equipment in your household, please e-mail info@cityplym.ac.uk

How does the closure affect employers?

From Monday 23 March the College will be moving to online learning.

To enable your apprentice to continue the study element of their Apprenticeship, their lecturer has uploaded a range of online resources and assessment materials onto their Google/Moodle/ePortfolio site. Work will be set via regular communication from the lecturer/assessor who will be available to communicate with you and your apprentice via e-mail. This will allow your apprentice to also keep on top of any portfolio work they are required to action. 

Your continued support in ensuring your apprentice is adhering to the Apprenticeship funding guidelines of 20% off-the-job training is very much appreciated. College assessors and reviewers will undertake their work via telephone and online – this will continue for the foreseeable future. 

Whilst the College appreciates any disruption to learning is not ideal our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. As part of this, I would encourage everyone to be thoughtful and supportive towards each other.

We will keep you and your apprentice informed regarding the return to onsite delivery.

If you have any queries regarding the above please call the Business Engagement and Apprenticeships team, please e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk.

How does the closure affect current applicants?

The College appreciates that there are many applicants currently at different stages of the application process, with some awaiting interviews to be scheduled while others have had interviews postponed. See below to see how you are affected.

Applicants who have already been booked for interview.
The College is  sending text messages to tell these applicants their interview has been cancelled and a letter is in the post of what will happen next. Letters will be sent today via first-class post.

New applicants or those still planning to apply.
Applications will be passed to the course tutor for consideration and to assess their suitability for the course they have applied for.  If the course tutor requires any further information, they will contact the applicant by telephone in due course.  The tutor will then update their online record and Admissions will send out the relevant letter which will, in most cases, hopefully be an offer letter.

For applicants who were due to come to an interview on Tuesday 17 March.
Applicants who were contacted by phone and spoke with course tutor:  if considered suitable for the course, offer letters will be sent in the post by close of play Friday.

Applicants who came into the College but did not receive an offer letter:  if considered suitable for the course,  offer letters will be sent in the post by close of play Friday.

Applicants who did not attend in person and/or were not available for a telephone interview: these applicants will be treated as a new. Their application will be passed to the course tutor for consideration and to assess their suitability for the course they have applied for.  If the course tutor requires any further information, they will contact the applicant by telephone in due course. If considered suitable, offer letter will be sent in the post.

The Admissions team is working hard to contact these applicants and respond to their e-mail and telephone queries.  The team requests to please bear with them whilst they take all the necessary actions required.
Latest Government Advice

Stay at home:

  • only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Anyone can spread the virus.

How long will the College be closed?

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that schools, nurseries and colleges will close from Friday 20 March and would be shut indefinitely to all students apart from those in the exempt categories.

Does the closure extend to evening courses?

All courses delivered at City College Plymouth will move to online learning from Monday 23 March, this includes all higher education, part-time and evening courses.

The only students the College will remain open to are those who fall into the exempt groups listed by the Government:

  • students with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • students with an assigned social worker
  • children of a key worker (such as NHS, police and delivery drivers).
Do students in the exempt groups have to attend?

There is no requirement for students who fall into the exempt groups to attend, but the College will remain open to students in these groups who wish to come in as normal.

Who is considered a key worker?

The Government has now released the list of those workers who are considered key in the response to COVID-19 and whose children can still attend school and college.

To view this list, please click here.

The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and to only send them into school, nursery or college if absolutely necessary for their care.

Will exams still go ahead.

Education Secretary Gavin Williams has said GCSE exams will not take place this year, however, students will still receive results in August.

Other examinations due to be held at the College will not go ahead. How other types of qualifications are to be assessed is also undetermined at this point in time.

How will GCSEs be assessed?

In light of the cancellation of GCSE exams, the Department for Education has confirmed that teachers will be asked to submit a judgement for each student to the exam boards. They will be asked to take into consideration mock examination results as well as the student’s performance in non-exam assessments. The Department for Education will be providing guidance to teachers to ensure this is done ‘fairly and robustly.’

Following this submission, the exam boards will then look at other relevant data, including prior attainment, and produce a calculated grade for each student. It is hoped that students will be given these grades before the end of July.

Students will have the option to appeal the results if they believe they have been given an unfair grade, and there will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year, or alternatively defer their exam for a year and sit their exams in summer 2021.

Will the library be open?

At present, the library will only be open to those students still allowed to access the College site.

For those with books on loan who are unable to return them, you will not accrue fines during this period.

I need to reset my password for Moodle/Google but I'm self-isolating, can I do this from home?

To reset your password for Moodle/Google please e-mail IT Services (itservices@cityplym.ac.uk) with your mobile phone number. IT Services will then give you a call and ask you to confirm a few security questions at which point they will then reset your password and inform you of the details.

Will the No36 bus still run?

Yes. At present, the No36 bus, which runs from Derry’s Cross in the city centre to the Kings Road campus, will continue to operate on a reduced timetable.

The bus will run every 30 minutes between the hours of 8.00am and 10.00am and every 30 minutes between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Updated advice regarding bus passes.

Students are advised not to pay for their bus passes for next term.

Those who have already paid for a bus pass will be issued with a refund.

 

 

Enquiries about student funding.

If you have concerns about funding during this period, please direct enquiries to studentfunding@cityplym.ac.uk.