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Covid-19 Planning Information for Higher Education students

Safety Arrangements for Covid-19

Important Update for HE Students

We continue to work hard to ensure your safety during the ongoing pandemic, which is of paramount importance and to follow government guidance. Following the latest guidance we want to ensure that the spread of the virus does not potentially travel back home with you. As such we have organised for you to be tested via our University partner, Northampton.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer testing to commuting students to the College/University, however by ceasing teaching from 9th December (moving all teaching online until the end of term on the 18 December) this will give you time to isolate from your last face-to-face session to ensure you are not spreading the virus.

Below are all the details you need to know about the tests and the process of booking a test if you are eligible for one.

About the tests:

We will be using Lateral Flow tests, which are only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. These will be able to determine whether you are carrying the virus but without showing symptoms, so you can isolate and prevent the virus from spreading and be able to travel home for Christmas, knowing you are protecting your loved ones and reducing the spread of the virus.

The tests are simple and safe and will give you a rapid result. You will need to book two Lateral Flow tests three days apart before going home. Two negative test results mean that you can return home immediately, within 24 hours of the test and between 3-9 December.

The two tests conducted close to each other are a measure to pick up any case that was missed in the first round or newly developed cases.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you will need to self-isolate and book a test for people showing symptoms, which can be done on the Northamptonshire County Council website. You will also need to advise the residency staff at the college.

Booking your test:

Students without symptoms are strongly encouraged to undertake testing before travelling home.

While there is no formal requirement for a student to self-isolate if they have not accessed testing prior to travelling home, we encourage you to take part in the testing to reduce the risk of unwittingly infecting anyone at home you may come into contact with.

You can book your test via the Eventbrite link sent to you by your tutor.

Test results:

If you have two negative results from the Lateral Flow test, please travel home between 3 to 9 December if:

  • You are not symptomatic, or after isolating if they have been symptomatic, tested and advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace
  • Teaching will continue online until the end of term, which remains Friday 18 December. All students must engage fully with their studies online until the end of term.

Advice on travelling as safely as possible can be found in the end of term guidance from the Government.


Important update for students regarding teaching during December 2020

    • In accordance with the latest Government and Office for Students guidance we will be moving your teaching of our Higher Education courses online from 9th December until the end of term. If you have any concerns about being able to access content remotely or your timetable please speak to your Course Manager as soon as possible.
    • If you are a HE student in residency we are requesting you leave for the Christmas break on Wednesday 9 December. If this is difficult for any reason please let the Residential Co-ordinator know as soon as possible.

Guidance, help and assistance for prospective and returning Higher Education students

As at September 2020.

The College acknowledges that during the pandemic there was much uncertainty about how your qualification and course would be delivered. Now we have passed the first wave of infection the college has and continues to do everything to ensure you receive the best learning experience in the coming academic year if such situations should arise again.

Moulton College has also worked hard on ensuring that additional support areas you may need are available throughout your study during the present and in the future if a second spike were to manifest itself.

You will find information regarding this in different areas such as our website, from time to time on social media and the student hand books.

The College is planning to deliver its Higher Education Awards from September 2020 as normal, which means the same as it was in September 2019. This means that predominantly the courses will be delivered onsite, with some blended online lectures. As we are asking students to return to College as normal, much work has been done in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of you and your colleagues. For example, all spaces that you will be taught in have undertaken a thorough health and safety risk assessment. This means that aspects such as social distancing measures, hand sanitisers, information in the form of posters about health and safety are placed in areas were you will enter and exit each teaching space.

Were possible we will be operating ‘bubbles’. This is likely to mean that the practical sessions you will be taught will be delivered in groups that will stick together for each practical session until it is safe to mix student groups again, following government guidelines. The timetabling has taken into consideration a 2 metre social distancing rule, where this is the case a two week rotation with alternating face to face asynchronous on line teaching will take place.

Delivery of Awards in the event of a second spike involving regional or national shut down

If a local spike occurs and the Government guidance is to lock down the campus, a range of measures are already in place to ensure that your course will continue to be taught.

In this event delivery of your award will move to 100% online. A timetable has been produced where practical assessments will be moved to a later date. Modules that contain fields trips and outings will have the theory delivered first and the trips are scheduled to be delivered later in the year. Where possible we will offer virtual trips to zoos/aquariums where these are closed or restricted.

Our work placement modules are designed to include remote working, these modules again have been timetabled to run in the last term to avoid as much disruption as possible.

Our commitment to you

If there are any areas where its extremely difficult to create the right working environment for you, we will support and help you to create the best possible working home environment with the correct hardware and software.

As well as this we will support you to succeed, by helping you stay on track through personal tutorials and student learning support. You will continue to have remote access to the learning resources within the Library as well as your Moodle pages. If you require academic writing and numeracy skills, we can offer these online.

We will also support your health and well-being with virtual drop in centres that can accessed by appointment.

Course Content

The content of the course will remain the same as previous years. This means that the modules within the course structure will remain the same and that you will complete 120 credits per year. As stated above there may be a difference in how these modules are delivered e.g. they may move towards more of an online delivery method. Further details of how this will work will be in your handbook.

The length and duration of the course will remain the same as previous years. Therefore you will study 35 weeks teaching.

The Course costs will remain the same as previous years. For further detail please use this link.

Assessments throughout your course will remain in place and be offered throughout the year to avoid any bunching. Further detail of this will be in your hand books.

Our blended learning approach through student centred learning includes traditional teaching and learning, and a combination of online lessons and practical sessions and tutorials. We have broken down the teaching into these sections:

  • Active learning
    • These sessions are the normal timetabled lecturers or seminars, lead by your lecturer online.
  • Flexible learning
    • A range of online resources that are linked to your timetable will be made available to you on your Moodle pages, you can access these in a flexible way that suits you.
  • Group Learning
    • You will have group online lessons that enable you to share and develop ideas which is critical to your understanding and development.
  • Independent Learning.
    • Using the resources of the three sections above this is your time to gather your thoughts, read, research, focus on your argument’s ready to discuss at your next group learning session or maybe active learning session. You maybe asked to complete set exercises that are based on your research.

All this information will be explained to you and placed on your Moodle site.

We will also publish this information using these areas listed below:

  • Prospectus and detailed information on life at the institution
  • Open days, offer-holder days and campus tours
  • Talks in schools on topics including student finance, university life and personal statements
  • Attendance at careers and higher education fairs
  • Internal Pre-entry careers advice
  • Online and telephone information and advice
  • Offer Bespoke support to particular groups

The Office for Students has set up a Corona Virus Hub with more information for students in relation to support, help and guidance which can be accessed here:

https://discoveruni.gov.uk/corona-covid-19-information/

Student Space is run by Student Minds, and is providing a range of support for students through the pandemic. This includes access to dedicated support services for students via phone and text, online information and resources and support for students to enable them to access resources at their own universities. More information is available on this link:

https://studentspace.org.uk/

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