COVID-19: Higher Education Advice

1. Can I still apply for college University level courses?

Yes, we are still processing applications as normal. UCAS have delayed the first application deadline until Friday 29th January 2021 at 6pm, to allow students longer to access support remotely.

Please apply via UCAS.com if you would like to study full time.

Alternatively, if you would like to study part-time, please download an application form from: www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/applyuni/ and apply directly to us via HEadmissions@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

For any queries or help, please contact our friendly admissions team on HEAdmissons@truro-penwith.ac.uk

UCAS doesn’t close, we continue to accept applicants right up to enrolment in September, the earlier you apply the more likely you are to obtain a place and be able to prepare for your course, organise your student loan, make us aware of any support needs etc

2. How long will my course be delivered online?

The College is following Government advice to ed face-to-face teaching for students from Tuesday 5th January 2021. Students are not expected to travel to College from this date until after the February half term/reading week. All HE lessons are now being delivered online, where possible, during your normal timetabled sessions, with students studying from their current residence where possible.  We are reviewing delivery on every course to ensure we still meet the learning outcomes and taking into account practical work and access to studios and workshops within that review.  As soon as we have further advice from government on dates of return, we will let all students know.

Nursing Associate students will continue to have separate guidance from their Programme Lead; please check emails from Tamzin Irvin.

3. Can I access IT Support?

Students who do not have the ability to access teams from home because of IT device or broadband issues should contact HE student support hestudentsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk to notify us of the issue (please cc your Programme Lead) and we will arrange for a member of staff to contact you to discuss how best we can find a solution.

The college also has an eLearning support team who can be contacted using the intranet I eLearning and T support tab.  This tab also has links to a wide range of eLearning support information, and guidance on how to access Office 365 from home and how to stay safe online.

4. Can I still access HE Student Support and Study Skills?

Study skills tutorials are still running and have moved online, and access will be through teams.  Study skills support is normally available on Tuesday and Thursday 12.30-13.30 but in the current circumstances, 20-minute slots may be available at other times.  Please contact HEEnquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk for help booking a support session if needed.

For any other Student Support issues, please contact Anna Wright at hestudentsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

5. What if I need support but would prefer to keep that need private?

Contact the student services team at studentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk and there will be someone there who can help you and advise you on any issues.

6. What if I’m concerned about my wellbeing or that of a fellow student??

The Student Services team are available to help you if you have any concerns about wellbeing over the next few weeks. More information is available on the wellbeing page: https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/how-we-support-you/wellbeing, call 01872 265823 or email: mentalhealth@truro-penwith.ac.uk or hestudentsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

7. Can I still claim Extenuating Circumstances?

Yes, please complete the Online Extenuating Circumstances Form should you be unable to meet your upcoming deadline. Students are able to continue to claim for a 10-working day extension and/or non-submission referral without the requirement to provide corroborating evidence at this time.

If you have any questions about Extenuating Circumstances please contact Verity Allison at heextcircs@truro-penwith.ac.uk

8. What will happen about the practical work I cannot complete at home?

Every course is being reviewed and Programme leads are advising us about the practical work requirements and the impact of being online for this lockdown period.  We will be continually reviewing the impact of any extension to the lockdown and will keep students informed of our plans.  Some courses may modify assessments to simulate practical work, others are delivering theory now with an aim to focus on practical work after half term and in the summer term.  We will keep students aware of the situation through their programme Leads and will continually monitor the situation based on government advice.

9. What if I haven’t been able to attend my work placement?

We are reviewing work placement issues for all our courses.  Each Foundation degree will be assessed and the learning outcomes for the key assignment linked to work placements reviewed.  Many students are still able to continue their placements, some have undertaken placements working for employers online, some will have a work placement simulation as an alternative some courses will temporarily postpone placements until after half-term and review the hand in date of the assessment. As we review the situation, we will find solutions on a case by case basis and keep all students informed.  Your PL will explain the situation when we have more information from the Government in reading week.

10. Information for students on Thursday 1st April 2021

Some courses are already back at college and will continue to attend through the summer term:

  • BA(Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery
  • FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery
  • FdSc Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship
  • BA(Hons)  Education and Training ( (PT)
  • BA(Hons) Applied Media
  • FdA Film, Media & Photography
  • HNC/HND Applied Sciences (Biology)
  • HNC/D Mechanical Engineering
  • FdA /HNC  Computer Games Design and Production

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Some courses are listed on guidance as able to return to college from the start of next term (w/c 19th April):

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science
  • FdA/HNC Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • FdA Childhood Education
  • BA Education & Training (FT)
  • PGCE (FT & PT)
  • Cert Education (FT & PT)
  • FdSc  Community Studies (Development & Youth Work)
  • FdSc  Health and Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science
  • FdSc  Sports Coaching
  • FdSc  Sports Rehabilitation
  • FdSc  Exercise, Health & Fitness

Sports students may not have access to all the practical elements because of limitations that affect the sector. 

We recognise that not all students will be able to return to college and any students remaining online  should contact their tutors so that reasonable adjustments such as recordings can be put in place. Students who are not in the classroom will be able to join via teams when possible and we will work to accommodate mixed delivery.  Delivery on each course will be managed by the PL so please notify them of your intentions.

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The remaining courses will continue to be delivered online for at least the first week of term (w/c 19th April) while we await further Government  guidance over Easter.  As soon as we have that information at the start of term we will be able to advise about any new guidance.

  • BA (Hons) Business, Enterprise and Leadership
  • FdA Business
  • FdSc  Law with Criminology
  • FdSc  Law
  • BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies
  • BSc (Hons)  Archaeology
  • FdA  History Heritage & Archaeology
  • FdA  History Heritage & Culture
  • FdSc  Archaeology
  • HND  Applied Psychology
  • BSc(Hons) Applied Computing Technologies
  • FdSc  Computer Technology
  • FdSc/HNC Cyber Security
  • FdSc  Public Services

For each of these courses, we are aware that because of their individual circumstances at home or to support their health and wellbeing there are students who need to return to college to use the library, IT resources and to study.  If that situation applies to you please notify your PL during the first week of term (w/c 19th) and we will create the opportunity for some students to attend taught sessions from classrooms or study pods while lecturers and the remainder of the group are online.  This will be managed by the PLs so please contact them if your circumstances mean you will need to attend college.

Testing

Those Higher Education students that are in College will initially need to book online twice weekly tests in the College testing centre in Fal and can book appointments in advance of their return to College. Students will need to potentially miss part of a lesson to have their test and tutors must allow this. Any student who arrives at their first timetabled lesson and has not booked a test for that day must be encouraged to do so immediately by going online. It is hoped that the vast majority of students will decide to have a test, and this is currently the message from the Government.  Following their first test, students will be directed to book their second test that must be three days after their last test.  As we have more advice we hope to move to home testing kits for HE students.

Wearing of Face Coverings:

All staff and students, except when they are medically exempt, will be expected to wear a face covering whenever inside a College building. This covering will only be allowed to be removed when the person is either eating or having a drink. This applies to all Classrooms, Salons, Laboratories, LRCs and refectories. Staff are to note that this is not a compulsory government directive, but it is hoped that the greater majority will adhere to this request out of respect to all the other staff and students using the campus.  Face coverings do not need to be worn outside the buildings

If keeping on top of assessments is a challenge, the first place to go for help is to your tutor and then we can meet to consider how best to manage your situation. We want to reassure all of you that we can support you; this term we have held 50 student support meetings, working to help students towards a successful outcome.  The Study Skills Support workshops are still open and can be booked through HEEnquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk and if you have It issues contact us and we will do our best to find a solution. If you feel that informal discussions with your PL or tutor or a Student Support meeting have not resolved any issues, then you can follow the complaint process on the intranet: https://intranet.truro-penwith.ac.uk/?pageID=976.

Any student with pastoral issues who would like individual health or wellbeing support please contact HE Student Support hestudentsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk or phone HE Student Support on: 01872 305747 and someone will help you find a link to the appropriate support. More information is available on the wellbeing page: https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/how-we-support-you/wellbeing, call 01872 265823 or email: mentalhealth@truro-penwith.ac.uk or hestudentsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

We really appreciate the level of challenge you have been facing and the determination you are showing to remain focussed on your qualifications.  Please continue to work with us and the teaching and support staff at the college will support you as best they can.