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Keeping our students safe in September

Sparsholt College’s dedicated staff have been working hard to implement a range of safety measures across the Sparsholt site, ensuring you feel safe and secure when arriving at our countryside campus in September.

Find out more from our Principal Julie Milburn below, or read more here.

What to do if you feel unwell?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 have been identified as:

  • High temperature – This means you feel hot to touch on your head.
  • New, continuous cough – This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – This means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you DO NOT come into College and arrange to take a test.

If you are using College or Public Transport and the driver believes you have any symptoms, they have the right not to bring you into College.

If you attend College with any of these symptoms or they develop whilst you are at College, you will need drive yourself home or be picked up by your next of kin and taken home.  You will be provided with written instructions on booking a test and reporting the results to the College.

ANYONE with symptoms should then self-isolate until they have received a negative test result back.  If anyone you live with has symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you should NOT COME to College and self-isolate for 14 days or until that person receives a negative test result back.

Absence Reporting

Please contact the College if you are unable to attend. Call 01962 797311 or email before 11.00am each day. Please do not just contact your Progress Coach or anyone else as that will not be recorded as a notified absence.

  • Guidance for Residential Students living on the Sparsholt Site

    If you become ill, you should:

    • Stay in your room and avoid contact with other people
    • Contact the Warden on 01962 797538 or 07715 043855 or email Alternatively you can contact the Nurse on 01962 797430
    • You may need to take a test for coronavirus and you may be asked to stay in your room until the test results are back, but be reassured you will be cared for by our staff during this time.

Face coverings on campus

Updated 02/09/2020 @ 16:30

In line with the latest Government guidance, all students, staff, and college visitors will be expected to wear face coverings in communal areas whilst on site. This includes corridors, shops, toilets, catering outlets and the library (prior to sitting down). We are also requiring all students travelling to college to wear face coverings on college arranged transport.

They will not be required in classrooms, sports facilities, offices or outdoor spaces. 

If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, this will be discussed and recorded on your arrival to college.

BTEC Results

Updated 24.08.20 @ 15:00

As a reminder, the following BTECs are being reviewed and regraded where appropriate:

  • BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF)
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.

We promised to share an update with you as soon as we could on timings for the release of revised grades and we can now confirm that all eligible results will be available by August 28.

For more information on GCSEs. AS and A Levels and other qualifications in 2020, click here.


Extra Support for 2020 Leavers

Many of you who have left college in 2020 have a clear idea of your next steps; to all of you, we wish you the very best of luck. For others though, we understand that you may still be uncertain about your future -we want you to know that we are still here to help.

With the assistance of the Southern Universities Network, we will be offering additional, dedicated Careers support for 2020 college leavers from Aug 13, 2020 until the end of September.

We are offering:

  • 1:1 appointment – ‘in -person’ appointments, with social distancing measures in place, will be available at our Andover Campus on 26 August and 2 September. Please email: to book an appointment. Online appointments are also available.
  • Careers hotline – Monday – Thursday 9:00-10:00am, and 3:30-4:30pm
  • Webinars – Webinars will be available on Searching for Apprenticeship, Writing a Winning Application and Applying for University through UCAS.
  • Support available to local students – We can also offer a limited amount of support to local students who did not attend our college. There will be places available on the Webinars and you are also free to use the Hotline.

Government Guidance on Exam Results

Updated 04.08.20 @ 10:30

The Government have released a Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020. This guide is for those receiving qualification results in England this summer to help you understand how results have been awarded this year and where to find more information.

Click here to view the guide 

College Enrolment Plans 

Updated 06.07.20 @ 09:00 

This year we’ll be enrolling you at college a little differently. In order to accommodate social distancing guidelines we plan to undertake as much of our enrolment activity as possible on a remote, electronic basis. This means that the majority of applicants will not need to attend college in person to enrol onto their course in August.

Where we feel it will be helpful for you to have a more detailed discussion with a tutor, to inform course choices, you will be invited for an appointment in college between Friday 21 and Friday 28 August 2020.

We will be writing to all progressing students during July with details of whether they will be enrolled remotely or asked to come in to college for enrolment. Whilst many students can be enrolled remotely, some will be asked to come on to campus to review course options.

Got your results already?

If you are not waiting on exam results to inform your application, we will write to you during July with details of your electronic enrolment.

Waiting on GCSE results?

In the week of 20 August you will receive an email from the College giving you a link to a web page where you can record your GCSE grades. Please complete this as soon as possible after you receive confirmation of your grades, so that we are able to progress your enrolment. You will then be advised whether we can process your enrolment electronically (meaning you won’t need to come into college until term starts) or, if we feel you would benefit from a face-to-face enrolment interview. All face-to-face sessions will observe social distancing guidelines and be scheduled on an appointment basis. Enrolment interviews for new students will be conducted between Friday 21 August and Friday 28 August.

Please be reassured that whatever your results we will work with you to find a course that meets your needs.   

  • Previous Updates

    Updated 12.06.2020

    A return to college for some learners

    During a recent announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the Government advised that colleges should begin to open for face-to-face delivery for specific students. Some qualifications require students to undertake assessments before they can be certificated and these will be factored in over the next few weeks. The safety of our student and staff community is our foremost concern so appropriate measures will be in place based on the latest UK government guidance on social distancing and relevant use of PPE.

    All learners who are expected to be in college have been contacted directly, only those who have been contacted should be on campus at this time.

    The college has carried out a comprehensive risk assessment of which the current version is available by request from here.


    Updated 08.06.2020 

    All lessons will continue to be delivered online until the end of term unless you have been contacted directly by your tutor with instructions to commence face to face lessons.


    Updated 12.05.20 @ 14:10

    Announcements were made by The DFE late in the evening of 11th May which mentions further education colleges being asked to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 12 students (circa 16 to 17 year olds). View more here. 

    College staff will be working over the next two weeks to plan how best to offer this additional face-to-face support with our primary responsibility to ensure the health safety and wellbeing of staff and students


    Updated 11/05/2020 @ 15:00

    In response to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister, from Monday 23 March onwards, the campus will be closed until further notice. Special arrangements will be put in place to accommodate the needs of key workers and vulnerable learners.

    The college mode of delivery of teaching and learning will be online for all theory aspects of learning programmes and support of learners which will include English and maths. This mode of delivery is explained further in our ‘Information for Students’ box.

    We understand that this is a challenging time for our students and staff and we have put the following plans in place to support learning and keep our community safe as this will always be our top priority.




Joining us in September? Find out more about your next steps here.

See our latest detailed update here.

View the latest information from ofqual here.

View the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government 

View the latest information from the NHS