Since June 2020 we have partially reopened, inviting a limited number of students in to the College to successfully complete their qualifications. We are also inviting applicants in to enrol so that they can start their new courses with us in September.
The College will communicate with all applicants, students and apprentices via their College email or chosen email. All public announcements, such as site closure will also be communicated via this website. Please do not rely on social media or local news for information.
Applications remain open online for all courses with admissions staff processing them using our online systems as normal. Although some exams have been cancelled, we guarantee that no one will miss out on a place at Southwark College that they deserve. If you have any questions about an existing application or are not sure what to study and need further information, advice or guidance then please contact us.
Further information on applying for a course can be found at www.southwark.ac.uk/apply.
All applicants will receive an invitation to attend an enrolment appointment via email. This invitation will include an enrolment time slot, what you need to bring and further guidance on the new health and safety procedures in the building. If you are unable to attend your enrolment appointment please contact us as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements for you.
Further information on enrolment can be found at www.southwark.ac.uk/enrolment.
Receiving your results
The exam boards will be publishing students’ results for level 2 and level 3 courses at the same time as in previous years. Level 3 results are released around the 13 August 2020 (BTECs, A-levels and equivalent). Level 1 and 2 results (BTECs and GCSEs) around the 20 August 2020.
To be sure that we keep all of our students and staff safe at this time, we will be sending results out to current students by post or providing digital access to results through the exam board websites. Further details relating to digital access to results will be sent to students via email. We will not be giving out results face to face, which is of course is a great shame for us but we will be providing support for our learners and celebrating achievements virtually on the day via our contact us and events pages.
There has been a lot of attention paid in the media to results this year because students up and down the country have been unable to sit exams or finish portfolios. Our staff have followed all of the guidelines provided by the exam boards relating to grading and have made recommendations based on assessments that students had completed up to the point of lockdown. The exam boards have our recommendations and they will now be considering these along with those of other colleges and schools in the UK to make sure grades are awarded as fairly as possible. The guidelines we have followed are very clear; we are not allowed to discuss any grading recommendations because of the work the exam boards are doing now and it also means that our staff will not know what final grades our students have been awarded until August.
We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this letter from the Principal and we would encourage you all to read it and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.
All students and apprentices had access to remote learning from March 2020 with teachers available to set work and check learning. The precise electronic mechanisms for delivery and learning will vary between subjects and courses, but they receive regular correspondence from their teachers to provide further information.
The College partially reopened in June 2020 for some students to attend classes. This generally applied to those who were unable to engage in remote learning from home or who needed to complete the practical units in their course on site. This was a relatively small number of learners and we did not run a full timetable on site. Students eligible to study on site were invited to attend College by email or phone. Remote learning also remained in place for all of our students.
The safety and wellbeing of our students, apprentices and staff is at the forefront of any decision we take. We realise that we may need to adapt if the government and Public Health England advice changes and we will be putting plans in place to do this if necessary. We will review this regularly and will only remain open if:
- All Government guidance can be met, in full.
- Individuals, College areas and work tasks have been risk assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
- Full consultation has taken place.
- The Principal, supported by the Executive Leadership Team and the College Board, authorises the action.
Find out more about our June 2020 reopening in this letter from our Principal.
Vulnerable students and children of critical workers
Vulnerable students include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans as well as children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.
Children of critical workers
A definition of critical workers is contained here:
Further guidance for parents and carers is available here:
International travel and College trips
If you are planning to travel to other countries, please follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice and consult Government guidance on your return. Please also inform the College before returning to a College site.
All College trips and visits have been cancelled until further notice.
If you feel unwell
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. Follow the Public Health England advice if you or someone you live with present with symptoms. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
The DfE launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19 here.