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Coronavirus Arrangements

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our utmost priority. We have put in place protective measures to ensure the safety of our college community and we will continue to update our website and social media with further details of our Covid secure measures as the situation evolves.
New coronavirus restrictions are in place across the Liverpool City Region, from 00.01 on Saturday 3 October. We urge all students, parents/carers and staff to keep up-to-date with local guidance and regulations on the Liverpool City Council website.

Is the college still open?

Yes, the college is open. While Merseyside is currently subject to local restrictions, colleges are not expected to close. We have implemented a system of blended learning this year, which combines 50% online learning and 50% in-college learning for most students.

What safety measures are in place at the college?

The City of Liverpool College is committed to following all government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and will also be taking our own, additional measures to keep students and staff safe. This guidance is always evolving and our measures are under continual, ongoing review. Some of the measures we are taking include: 

  • Reduced numbers of people on college campuses at any one time 
  • Social distancing measures in place across all college sites 
  • Guidance for all students and staff on how to stay safe and keep others safe 
  • Ensuring those with symptoms of Covid-19 understand that they should not attend college under any circumstances 
  • Social distancing officers at all sites
  • Hygiene protocols and distancing/directional signage around centres which all students and staff will be asked to adhere to. Safety measures will also be in place in teaching spaces, LRCs and social areas to ensure you can access them safely.
  • All staff and students must wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas at all times.

 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in all communal areas while you are at college, unless you are exempt. You can remove your face covering while you are in your classroom as long as you continue to socially distance.

How do I report a coronavirus case?

Please read our Quick Guide – Covid-19 for guidance on what you should do based on various different circumstances.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus but have not yet tested positive, you should let your tutor know in the first instance and isolate.

Please report any positive cases to Health and Safety on 0151 252 3065 or email covid@liv-coll.ac.uk.

Can I still use public transport to travel to college?

Yes, government guidance is that in Merseyside public transport should be used for essential journeys only. Your journey to college to attend classes is deemed essential. You should take the following precautions when using public transport:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, unless exempt. £100 fines can be issued by British Transport Police for those breaking the rules.
  • Use contactless payments where possible.
  • Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after travel.
  • Remain seated where you can.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible.
  • Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other passengers.

You can read Merseyrail’s letter to our Principal here: Merseyrail Letter to Colleges

What happens if a student or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus?

If the college receives a report of a positive test result, we immediately consult with Public Health England (PHE) who provide advice on the process to follow.

All students who have been in class with the individual will be informed that someone in their class has tested positive. PHE will advise of the appropriate measures to take. Provided the college’s social distancing policy of 2 metres or 1 metre plus PPS has been followed, self-isolation may not be necessary for all students within the class. Where PHE advise that isolation is necessary, we will alert all students needing to self-isolate immediately.

What do the new restrictions in Liverpool mean? Can I still come to college?

Yes, you can still come to college.

New coronavirus restrictions are in place for Liverpool as of 00:01 on Saturday 3rd October 2020.

These restrictions mean that you must not socialise with anyone outside your own household or support bubble in any indoor setting, or in private gardens.

It is also recommended that you do not meet with anyone outside your household or support bubble in outdoor public spaces, such as parks and outdoor hospitality.

I am feeling anxious about coronavirus, who can I talk to?

We are here to help you. Please click here for full information on how to access support services.

How will I get my results certificates?

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation awarding bodies have delayed the release of certificates.

Can I still apply?

Yes! The College is still open for applications.  You can apply for 2020 courses here

I've already applied, what will happen with my application?

If you’ve received an offer from us, please be assured that nothing has changed and your offer still stands. If you’re still waiting to hear back from us, we’re still processing applications daily and will be writing to you shortly to confirm your place at The City of Liverpool College.

Is the college still offering ACS assessments to external candidates?

At the moment, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the college is not open for ACS assessments for external candidates. However, please note the following information from Gas Safe regarding extension of existing ACS qualifications:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the knock-on effect on the availability of ACS assessment centres, we have worked in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to extend ACS qualification for an additional 6 months beyond the qualifications’ original expiry date. This will continue on a rolling basis until assessment centres are able to return to normal operation.

For example, any engineer whose qualifications expired on the 29th March 2020 had their competencies extended with a new expiry date of 29th September 2020.

Any engineers coming to the end of the extension period need to be aware that their qualifications will not be extended any further, unless there are exceptional circumstances, and these will be considered on a case by case basis. If this applies to you, please feel free to contact us with evidence to support your request.

If your qualifications have been extended, it’s important that you book your assessment as soon as you’re able to to ensure you can continue to work legally in these areas.

Can the college still conduct visits to employers' sites for apprentices?
Yes, as long as the employer has completed the college’s online risk assessment. Online risk assessments have already been sent to all employers but if you need another copy of the link, please contact your assessor.
I'm an apprentice, how will I know if something changes with safety measures/lockdown etc?

Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact jenny.costello@liv-coll.ac.uk.

I'm an employer, how will I know of any changes affecting my apprentices?
Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact jenny.costello@liv-coll.ac.uk.
Is it still possible to secure an apprenticeship this year?

Yes! New apprenticeship sign-ups are still continuing. If you are an employer needing your apprentice to start straight away, we can arrange sign-ups via virtual meeting to speed things up.  If you have any queries, please contact workforceskills@liv-coll.ac.uk.

How can I access the VLE?

The VLE remains accessible using the following link: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/and you should log in as usual with your student username and password. Should you experience any difficulties logging in, contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@liv-coll.ac.uk

How can I access student services?

You can contact student services using the email addresses below:

LRC enquiries: lrc@liv-coll.ac.uk

VLE and e-Learning enquiries: vlesupport@shared-ed.ac.uk 

Student finance enquiries: studentfinance@liv-coll.ac.uk 

Childcare and nursery enquiries: childcare@liv-coll.ac.uk 

IT helpdesk support: helpdesk@liv-coll.ac.uk 

Careers Advice and Guidance – email: careersadvice@liv-coll.ac.uk / tel: 0151 252 3607

There is also key information for students, and access to the VLE and other learning resources via the student intranet: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/

I am worried about the work that I/my child may have missed last year due to the disruption of the pandemic. Will the college help with this?

At the City of Liverpool College, students are at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to providing a high-quality education and learning experience for all students. We know that during 19/20 students have had significant disruption to their education due the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, whether that be with us here at college or at school. It is important to us that students are supported to catch up and develop their skills.

To help students catch up, we will be delivering a comprehensive program of tuition support across the college for our 16-19 study programme students, over and above their planned delivery for this academic year. All students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, have outstanding assessment objectives from last year and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are eligible for additional help and will be able to access small group (1 to 3 or max 1 to 5) tuition with us at college.

Wherever possible, we will also support students who have achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths but need that extra level of support to reach their potential in their chosen field of study.

We have identified 4 core cohorts that we will be targeting over the year.

  1. November resits for GCSE English and maths – intensive preparation
  2. GCSE English and maths catch up support
  3. Functional and basic skills support
  4. Non-English and maths support, includes vocational, academic, and technical catch up sessions
I have another query, who should I contact?

Members of our College Information team are available via: