Academic Year 2020/21 - Student FAQs

Students applying for a 2020/21 course who have further questions should contact our Student Advisors.

Student FAQs

When will I receive confirmation of my place at City of Glasgow College?

New applications are still being considered. 2020/21 prospective students should have received their ‘Get Ready for College’ postcard information. Places offered remain subject to places being available and students meeting expected entry requirements and qualifications.

When will my course start?

The new term starts on Monday 31 August 2020. Most full time courses, formally start week beginning 14 September 2020. Your Induction to College begins on 31 August and you will be invited to attend a series of events (online and on-campus) to help you settle in to college life and get to know your college better. Every student will receive an updated confirmation of their course start date.

Is it safe to reopen? Should the College wait a bit longer?

It will be safe for college buildings to re-open on the dates planned. We have continued to take advice and guidance from the Scottish Government and we are in regular contact with officials. The Scottish Government has described how all of Scotland can ease out of lockdown in a phased approach while making sure people are safe. We will continue to make sure our plans align with that and our firm focus is on the safety and wellbeing of students and our staff.

Will class times change?

We want to deliver the best student experience possible in a safe way while making sure that the number of students in campus at the one time complies with social distancing rules. That will mean new timetables being in place and some classes being delivered online. Our college team is working on that plan at the moment and will be in touch soon with the detail.

When will I receive my timetable?

We are currently working on new timetables for all courses and will confirm with you before the start of term. Once you have been issued with a timetable, there may be further changes depending on the latest Scottish Government guidelines which are being constantly updated. If there are any changes to your timetable, we will let you know well in advance.

What about practical classes?

Classes which require equipment and/or take place in simulators, workshops, salons, kitchens or labs etc will still take place on campus (City or Riverside). We are in discussion with our lecturing staff to develop the best way of doing that. For example, it may mean you attending college one or two days a week and in a socially distanced environment. This is still under review so may increase or reduce as we follow the latest government guidance.

Funding/Financial Support

Our college student funding portal (for applicants on courses at SCQF Level 6 and below) is open. You should have received information on how to use that. If not, please let us know by emailing: funding@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Applicants on courses at SCQF Level 7 and above should apply directly to SAAS. If you are not sure what level of course you are on or how to apply for funding, please contact studentadvisors@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Do I have to come into College at all?

The planned measures will involve strict social distancing measures being in place as well as a new blended learning approach, involving on-campus as well as online learning and teaching. All our courses will make use of digital tools already available within MyCity (Moodle) and Microsoft Teams which you may have already used when at college. Those systems are what we mean by ‘online learning’.

I don’t have access to a computer and would prefer to come in to use college facilities. Can I?

Where we can accommodate safe numbers and adhere to social distancing guidance, we plan to open our campuses for a range of student activities such as guidance/peer support/tutorials and where necessary to complete practical courses. Students new to college and those with Personal Learning Support Plans will be given priority.

We are also developing a student laptop purchase scheme for those who need it and details of how to apply for that will be shared before the new term starts.

Will it be safe to travel to College?

We are aware that our new timetables will need to be supported by safe travel arrangements so will do our best to support you in getting to and from college safely. We will be in contact with local travel operators and will share information on that when we have it.

My new course includes a work placement: will that happen?

We want you to have the best possible student experience with us and our industry partners to also ensure you are work ready when you finish your studies. Working with our partners, we are considering how you will still gain work experience safely as part of your course (where applicable). Once we have more detail on that we will share with you.

What about Student support?

In line with our blended learning approach, all our student support services are reviewing how they can support you and be available for when you need advice and guidance. That is likely to be offered online and on campus.

Will regular testing for Covid-19 be in place? i.e. before anyone enters college buildings?

We are following the Scottish Government’s guidelines for Test, Trace and Support which currently does not require our College to have Covid-19 testing as part of our phased reopening plans. If that guidance changes and it is necessary, we will put testing in place.

How long will the new arrangements stay in place?

As we are following closely the Scottish Government’s route map for coming out of lockdown, we too will ensure gradual easing of restrictions are reflected in our planning. As this is a continually changing situation, we will update you when we know more. The Government has said that Phase One starts 1 June. Phase Two will be introduced over the summer months and Phase Three aims to be completed by August 2020. Phase Four is likely to follow during the remainder of 2020. This is all subject to careful monitoring of Covid-19 by health experts and may change.

I am in the shielding category, what will I do?

City of Glasgow College is supporting health and government guidance on shielding and self-isolation. Any student who meets that official criteria should continue to follow the advice set out and that will include not coming into college buildings. If you are concerned about that, please contact learningsupport@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.

I am concerned about my employment or redundancy. Where can I find information?

Skills Development Scotland has lots of advice on employment and redundancy and have created a new service to support those seeking employment at this critical time. The Job Hub brings together immediate job opportunities from employers across Scotland.

International Students

For more information for International Students, please see UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

What about part-time courses?

For students on part time vocational courses e.g. NC/HNC/HND/Diploma/Professional courses – we will advise you on new timetables when we have more detail.

How do I keep updated about the latest information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

This page and MyCity will be kept up to date. As this is a rapidly evolving crisis, we are asking you to check these pages regularly to keep informed of the latest advice.

If you would like to speak to someone about your concerns, contact studentadvisors@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.

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Updated: 5th June 2020.