Information for new students (September 2020 Starters)
At Askham Bryan College we take the health and welfare of our students and staff very seriously and continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation closely. Following Government guidance, we suspended face-to-face teaching from Monday 23rd March with all our College sites closed until further notice. Where possible, College staff are now predominantly working from home. Please refer to the relevant sections below for more detailed information, whether you are a current student or someone who wants to join us in the new academic year.
We are welcoming applications for all of our courses. Apply now here.
We have put together some frequently asked questions and information to guide you through this challeging time.
Can I still apply?
Yes! We are still welcoming applications for all of our courses. Apply now here
I have applied to the college - what happens next?
Our friendly staff will be in touch for an informal telephone (or video call) interview while the college campus is closed. This will take place shortly after you have submitted an application form. Please keep your phone with you and expect a call with 'No caller ID'/ a withheld number.
What is it like to be a student at ABC?
If you have any questions - take a virtual stroll around your campus via our website. You can find out about many different aspects such as student services, the student union, mental health and wellbeing coordinators, accommodation, transport and finance via our links.
Will the college be open in September?
We are expecting to be open in September unless we are told differently by the Government.
I've missed school due to Covid19 and I am worried about catching up?
Our teaching teams are in the process of preparing course information and pre-enrolment activities which you will be asked to complete from June onwards to help you prepare for college. You will receive information about this in May.
What about my GCSEs / entry requirements?
Please don't worry, we are working on plans so that no student will be disadvantaged by school closures and cancelled exams.
How do I apply for accommodation for next year?
Please keep an eye on the website, all applications for accommodation will be via an online application process and we are hoping to make that live by the end of April.
What is the status of work placements?
Work placements and work experience plays an important part in the vocational courses we offer at the college. Many of the qualifications we offer have a mandatory element of work placement with a set number of hours that students need to achieve in order to be successful on their qualification. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we know that finding a placement might be more challenging than usual. We are working with the relevant Awarding Bodies to ensure that students are not disadvantaged on their qualification in September.
Students will be introduced to the Work Placement Co-ordinators at the start of their course to support students when exploring and securing placements.
What is happening regarding my GCSE exam and my grades?
Ofqual has officially released guidance to schools and colleges on how we should secure grades and award qualifications for those students registered for GCSEs in English and Maths.
In response to this, our teaching teams are now working with the guidance to prepare information which will be requested by Awarding Organisations after Easter, ready for submission by the end of May. Our staff will draw upon a range of evidence obtained up to the point of the college closing – using their best professional judgement as to how they believe you would have performed, if you had taken the examination.
However, we will be unable to share with you any proposed grade that is submitted to the awarding organisation and there is no guarantee that the grade we propose will be the grade you are ultimately awarded, following the moderation of all grades submitted nationally. Therefore, please do not contact tutors asking them to tell you what they have submitted.
Students who do not receive the grades they were wishing for will be allowed to resit exams in the academic year 2020/2021.
As a college we will continue to provide access to online learning which you should continue to complete – especially if you are required to sit an exam next year. We continue to believe that continuing in learning is essential to your development and progress and mental health wellbeing.