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  • Previous FAQs

    Updated 05/03/21 @13:30

    Will Exams be cancelled?

    The Government recently announced changes to how final grades will be calculated across a number of qualifications and programmes this academic year.  While we have clarity on how GCSE grades will be calculated, guidance on BTEC, Vocational and Technical qualifications will be outlined in the near future.  The College will clarify the position on BTEC, Vocational and Technical qualifications when we receive further guidance.

    Over the next few months, the College will be determining and submitting a teacher assessed grade for learners due to complete GCSE exams later in the year.  Teachers, who know their learners best, will be drawing on a range of information, not just a single assessment point, to arrive at a fair and reasonable judgement. We will ensure no learner is disadvantaged due to remote learning, with final outcomes taken from a range of evidence across each learner’s time at Sparsholt College.

    We understand how uncertain and unsettling the past few weeks have been and the College will continue to support learners on their return from 8th March.   Learners will continue to be assessed on work completed and this work may form part of the final grade outcome.  Therefore, it is vitally important that learners continue to engage with their lessons and attend regularly.

    The College asks that learners and parents do not contact individual teachers or support staff in relation to teacher assessed grades.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.  Any further information will be shared in due course along with any further relevant detail that Ofqual issue in the coming months.

     

    Will I be refunded for unused transport/accommodation?

    In line with our previous advice that we will not charge for unused college transport or on-site accommodation during periods of lockdown and appreciating that this is a difficult time for many, we intend to suspend the payment plans for Sparsholt Campus on-site accommodation and college transport for the months of March and April. This will apply to those who have not used college contracted coaches, unused Stagecoach services or accommodation services during January and February 2021. We will of course then conduct a full reconciliation of all accounts once we have a date for return to on-site/face-to-face delivery.

    If you are experiencing financial difficulty at this time, please email creditcontrol@sparsholt.ac.uk and we will discuss a revised payment plan with you. The college is also contacting Stagecoach and South Western Railway to establish if they will reimburse the cost of passes purchased via the college for the period of the lockdown and we will update users once we know their position.  

     

    How will my studies be supported if learning remotely?

    We know how difficult the reality of another lockdown is and that it impacts our whole community.  Should you need any points of clarification in relation to arrangements, if you are experiencing any difficulty in accessing technology to learn from home or if you feel that you need additional support, please can we ask you to contact your Progress Coach who will be pleased to assist or facilitate the specialist support according to your needs.  

    Click here to read our Remote Learning Pledge.

  • UK Lockdown Roadmap Updates

    FACE COVERINGS ON CAMPUS

    Updated 14/05/21 @ 09:00

    The Prime Minister has announced that the country’s roadmap out of lockdown is on track and step 3 will go ahead as planned on Monday 17 May. It is therefore not necessary for face coverings to be worn in classrooms. However, the guidance is very clear that face coverings should continue to be worn in areas where it is difficult to maintain social distancing of 2m.

    Therefore all staff and students must continue to wear face coverings in all communal areas, when queueing and on all College transport. We will continue to keep this under review.


    LETTER TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GAVIN WILLIAMSON MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION 

    Updated 26/03/21 @ 16:00

    The Secretary of State for Education has today written to all young people to thank them for the part they have all played in helping us fight coronavirus. In the letter, the Secretary of State recognises the significant disruption that children and young people have experienced in their education over the past year and the challenges they have faced as a result. The Secretary of State thanks young people for the resilience they have shown and outlines his commitment to supporting them to recover from the pandemic.

    Read the full letter here


    CORONAVIRUS TESTING AT HOME

    Updated 19/03/21 @11:00  

    We have been so impressed with how well students have responded to lateral flow testing (LFT) since our return to on-campus teaching and learning on 8 March. Following the government roadmap, and to continue to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be issuing home testing kits to all students once they have taken their third LFT test in college.  

    How do you take your test?  

    Each testing kit will be issued with detailed step-by-step instructions to support the transition to home testing which can also be seen below in videopdf leaflet , easy read leaflet and here on the gov.uk website – all students should read these instructions before taking their first test at home.  

    When do you take your test?   

    Students will need to test themselves twice a week on the evening before their first timetabled day in college. So, for example, if your first timetabled day in college is on Monday you would take your LFT on the Sunday night and then the next one three days later on Wednesday; if your first timetabled day is usually a Tuesday you would test Monday and Thursday and so onStudents aged 18 and over should self-test and report the result, with assistance if needed. Students under 17 should self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary.  

    How do you report your results?  

    Once you have taken the test you must report your result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone calling 119 following the instructions in the home test kit.  

    You will also need to report your result to college – your tutor will give you instructions on how and when to do this and we will also publish updated guidance on this page.  

    Students with a positive LFT test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result if the test was done at home.  

    Those with a negative LFT test result can continue to attend college in line with and using the protective measures already in place. 

    Need more information?  

    We are always here to answer any questions you may have about this next step in keeping our college community safe, get in touch with your tutor with any questions and we will be posting  new updates on this webpage, so stay connected.  

    The Government have also recently published two blogs as additional resources which provide further information on testing for school staff, students and families: 

  • Return to college in March 2021 Updated

    CORONAVIRUS TESTING AT SPARSHOLT COLLEGE

    Updated 04/03/21 @10:45

    The College has been working with NHS Test & Trace since January and our on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) for Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) is set up so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not.

    When students return, they will be asked to undertake three COVID tests in college over their first three weeks back on campus. Once the initial three tests have been completed over the three-week period, students will be supplied with further tests to be taken at home. All students and parents have been contacted via email with the specific arrangements for their return.

    Parents and guardians of students under 18, have also been asked to return the consent form emailed to you. Participation in testing is voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age.

    The Government has advised that you will need to wear a face covering when travelling to and from college and at all times in and around college including in classrooms.

    If you have any queries, please contact your Progress Coach who will be able to help answer your questions.


    Updated 24/02/2021 @ 13:00

    Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, you will be aware that the intention is for our students to return to college during the week of Monday 8 March (7 March for Sparsholt residential students) – Friday 12 March.

    We are currently digesting the lengthy guidance which has been issued by the Government and working through plans for the safe return of our student community. When students return they will be asked to undertake three COVID tests in college over the first two to three week period. Once these initial three tests have been completed at college, students will be given tests to be taken at home.

    We will write to all students (and parents of all under 18 year old students) over the next few days advising of the day of the week that they will be coming back on campus. On their first day back students will be asked to take a COVID test where consent has been provided. We thank the vast majority of parents and guardians of under 18s for having completed their COVID Test Consent Forms. If you have not yet done so please return your consent, as a matter of urgency, when we resend the link to you in the coming days.

    We have been so impressed by and grateful for our student community’s response to online learning. We can’t wait to see you all back on campus and we look forward to your continued commitment to your learning and to the safety of your fellow learners and college community.

  • Return to college in March 2021

    Updated 22/02/2021 @ 16:30

    The government has announced to parliament the roadmap for the easing of restrictions and a return to learning in England. We will be in touch directly with all students about the specific arrangements for you and your course as soon as we can.

  • January 2021 Lockdown

    Updated 04/01/21

    Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening of a second National Lockdown, we are cancelling all Covid testing planned to happen at Andover College, University Centre Sparsholt (UCS) and Sparsholt College with the exception of all Foundation and EHCP learners who have a pre-arranged test slot.

    In accordance with the instructions that we have been given, the vast majority of College delivery will move to online delivery until after February Half Term.

    If you are a Foundation learner or a learner with an established EHCP in place we will have already been in contact with you and you are able to continue to access face-to-face onsite learning at your discretion. We are seeking immediate clarification from the Department of Education for Veterinary Nursing (VN) learners and will update all VN learners tomorrow as to whether learning will be in person or online.

    Finally, we are seeking clarification regarding National exams that have been scheduled over the coming few weeks. We expect that most scheduled exams due to happen during January and February will go ahead but we will contact everyone due to undertake an exam as a matter of urgency, by telephone, to clarify arrangements.  Where exams are happening in person, we will provide the opportunity for a voluntary COVID test in advance of the exam.

    Should you need any points of clarification in relation to arrangements until Half Term, please contact your Progression Coach who will be pleased to assist.

  • Return to College in January 2021

    Updated 31.12.20

    Sparsholt Further Education (including Access to HE students) and Apprenticeship Students 

    The government has advised that all colleges in England will be required to revise their arrangements for the start of term as part of the national effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

    The college will recommence delivery online for the new term from Monday 4 January with lessons happening as per your normal timetabled arrangements. 

    The college then plans to stagger a return to onsite facetoface delivery during the week commencing Monday 18 January. All lessons will continue online until a date during that week that we will give you for your return to onsite teaching.  

    You were contacted directly by your curriculum leader before Christmas with details on how to access your online learning. If you are unable to gain access, please make contact with your Progress Coach who will support you to recommence your learning from Monday 4 January. 

    You will receive a letter from us by Tuesday 5 January which will provide full details of your return date. The College is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) of Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not.  

    Residential students will be invited to return to campus on the revised dates of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January and you will also receive a communication from us with an allocated testing slot. If you are an international student who has already made arrangements to return to college sooner than this date and you are unable to change your plans, please email emma.kennesion@sparsholtcollegegroup.ac.uk so we can make provision for you. 

    Whilst all students are urged to get tested on their return to College to help protect themselves and the wider student community, participation in testing is voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age. For students under 18, parents and guardians are asked to urgently return the consent form you received in your original letter from us as soon as possible to allow us to put sufficient testing provision in place. Your follow up letter will also republish the consent form for your urgent consideration.  

    As previously advised all formal public exams will continue as planned between 4 and 15 January, including Veterinary Nursing examinations. 


    Updated 30/12/20

    Following today’s government announcement, we will update arrangements in more detail by the end of tomorrow, 31 December.


    Updated 18/12/2020

    The government has advised that all colleges in England will be required to revise their arrangements for the start of term as part of the national effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

    The college will recommence the new term as planned from Monday 4 January as per your normal timetabled arrangements, however all Further Education and Apprenticeship delivery will take place online this week rather than in person. You will be contacted directly by your curriculum leader before Christmas with details on how to access your online learning. 

    The college then plans to stagger student return to on-site face-to-face delivery during the week of Monday 11 January. All lessons will continue online until a date during that week that we will give you for your return to on-site teaching. You will receive a second letter from us on 5 January which will provide full details of the testing process and FAQs to help answer questions you may have. The College is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) of Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not.   

    Residential students will be invited to return to campus on the revised date of Sunday 10 January and you will receive a communication with your allocated timeslot on Monday 4 January.  

    Whilst all students are urged to get tested on their return to College to help protect themselves and the wider student community, participation in testing is entirely voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age.

  • November/December Lockdown 2020

    Updated 04/11/2020 

    Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relating to a proposed second lockdown, we have written to our students to update them on the arrangements for teaching and learning that will be in place until at least 2 December 2020.

    Nov Dec 2020 Lockdown Announcement FE

  • BTEC Results 2019/20

    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: careers@sparsholt.ac.uk 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.