COVID-19 & Re-Opening the College

COVID-19 & the Reopening of the College – Scenarios and Proposed Responses

In the UK, the lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is slowly being eased. In light of this, and taking into consideration the unpredictably of the situation and its continual development, the University Foundation Programme (UFP) envisions three possible scenarios for the upcoming 2020/21 academic year:

1.     THE COLLEGE REOPENS IN FULL FROM 14th SEPTEMBER 2020 – this is the scenario we are aiming for as the most likely;

2.     THE COLLEGE IS UNABLE TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2020, BUT REOPENS IN FULL FROM 4th JANUARY 2021 – this is a possibility, but one we hope with proper planning we can avoid;

3.     THE COLLEGE IS UNABLE TO OPEN AT ALL IN THE 2020/21 ACADEMIC YEAR – at present we consider this to be a remote possibility, but one we are considering as a ‘worst-case’ scenario to ensure we are fully prepared.

 

Assurances for All Scenarios

 1.     Whether the UFP is run online or as a combination of both online and face-to-face teaching, we will be providing our students with the same number of contact hours as would have been given if all teaching were face-to-face.

2.     We are committed to providing a quality course, which is academically rigorous, and suitable for progression to UK universities, in all circumstances.

3.     Our course will still be regulated by our External Examiners from UK universities.

4.     We will still be providing a full UCAS service.

5.     We will still be providing a full Visa service for students who are intending to join us from overseas.

6.     The health, safety, and well-being of our entire community – staff and students – will remain of the highest priority and consideration at all times and in all scenarios.

 

What this will mean for you:


SCENARIO ONE

All Students

·       We will be providing anti-bacterial hand gel at stations throughout the College (these are already in place as we had them installed before lockdown), anti-bacterial wipes in all classrooms/student areas, and maintaining ample supplies of soap (as hand-washing is still the most effective way to kill the disease).

·       We will have cleaners on site throughout the school day to maintain cleanliness in all areas.

·      Students will need to ensure that they have some PPE available to them - a face-mask or face-covering is a must, and some students may wish to wear gloves and carry a personal supply of anti-bacterial hand gel and/or wipes.

·       We will have a limited number of face-masks to hand in case any student forgets theirs, or are unable to obtain one before arrival (to tide them over).

·       Doors (where within fire safety regulations) will be kept open so students don't have to touch them.

·       Seating in classrooms, and class sizes, will be adjusted to maintain the 2m social distancing rule.

·       We are hoping to provide some food & drink facilities in our cafeteria, but it will operate on a strict timetabled rota to avoid overcrowding and to maintain 2m distancing.

·       We will be employing temperature guns on site to try and avoid any person(s) who may be ill from entering the College and exposing other members of the College community to risk. 

·       If the College is subject to a Contact Trace Alert forcing our temporary closure (currently 1 week of quarantine for all persons potentially affected), we will provide online classes until face-to-face teaching can resume. 

Students Travelling to the UK from Overseas and Visa Students

·       We suggest that students make advance travel plans to enable them to arrive in the UK 2-3 weeks before the start of the course, and to enable them to quarantine (if required) before attending classes.

·       If a student arrives late to the course (and subsequently misses the first classes), we would provide online classes until face-to-face teaching can resume. 

 

SCENARIO TWO

All Students

·       Classes will be offered online only in Term 1 (September to December 2020).

·       Students may be required to purchase some art materials and/or computer software to enable them to start the course at home. In this case we will waive the relevant Practical or Material Fee usually charged alongside our main Tuition Fees, and we will provide a full and detailed list of the software/equipment/materials required. 

·       Students will be offered the option of deferring their start to January 2021 with no penalty if they do not want to begin their course online. 

·       For when face-to-face teaching begins in January 2021, please see SCENARIO ONE.

Students Travelling to the UK from Overseas and Visa Students

·       Students will have the option to travel to the UK, and take online classes from their accommodation here, or of remaining in their country of residence (the main disadvantage of the latter is the time difference when attending live classes, which will run on GMT). 

·       In addition to being offered the option to defer their start to January 2021 with no penalty if they do not want to begin their course online, Visa students will be granted a further CAS at no additional charge to enable them to alter their course dates.

·       Please note that students who have already applied for and received a Visa, will need to cancel their Visa and reapply in order to defer.

 

SCENARIO THREE

This would be the worst-case scenario. Therefore, this will only be enforced if we have to, for health and safety reasons, and under UK government direction. We will only move directly to this stage if the current situation changes suddenly and dramatically. More likely this Scenario (if needed) will be a progression of Scenario 2, and September students will be given the option to defer their entry to January 2021 first.

All Students

·       Classes will be offered online only throughout the entire 2020/21 academic year.

·      Students will be required to purchase some art materials and/or computer software to enable them to complete the course at home. In which case we will waive the relevant Practical or Material Fee(s) usually charged alongside our main Tuition Fees, and we will provide a full and detailed list of the software/equipment/materials required. 

·       If appropriate, students will be offered the option of deferring their start to September 2021 with no penalty.

Students Travelling to the UK from Overseas and Visa Students

·      Students will have the option to travel to the UK, and take online classes from their accommodation here, or of remaining in their country of residence.

·       Students who have applied for and obtained a Tier 4 Student Visa can keep their Visa if they wish, without penalty, providing that they maintain an acceptable level of attendance in classes as per Visa regulations.

·       Students who have applied for and obtained a Tier 4 Student Visa can cancel their Visa if they wish, without negative repercussions for any subsequent Visa application.

 

Please see our “FAQs” for further information and details about re-opening the College.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Miss Kathryn Stephens at admissions@ufp.uk.com.

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