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Covid-19: reopening of college on June 15 and arrangements for September

Bishop Auckland College will reopen from Monday June 15 to offer some face-to-face support for 16-19 learners and priority groups.

Bishop Auckland College will reopen from Monday June 15 to offer some face-to-face support for 16-19 learners and priority groups.

The Government has asked further education colleges to invite 16-19 learners in the first year of their course who are due to take key exams next year back into college, as part of the gradual relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown.

We have prepared a Q&A which will hopefully address all of your queries but if you have any further questions please contact your tutor direct.

Who has been asked to attend college?

  • Learners and apprentices who need technical instruction or assessment to complete their course.
  • Learners and apprentices who will benefit from some face to face academic, pastoral or technical tuition this year.

Should I have been told if I need to attend college?

Yes - learners and apprentices have been informed via telephone and/or letter if they are required to return to college. This included information about timetabling, social distancing in college, public transport arrangements and track and trace processes. If you have not been contacted you are not required to attend college.

How will the college keep me safe?

Most learners will continue with online learning where this is suitable for the course, keeping the number of students invited back into college to a minimum. No more than ten per cent of our students will be in the college at any time during June and July. All staff and learners will be required to follow social distancing requirements and wash or sanitise their hands regularly. All learners will be reminded that if they experience Covid-19 symptoms and need to self-isolate, they should not come back into college.

Applications and enrolments for September

The college is also currently planning ahead for September, anticipating changes that will need to be made to ensure the ongoing safety of all staff and learners.

Can I still apply for courses starting in September?

Yes, we are accepting applications for full time, part time and Higher Education courses right up until September. View our courses and apply here. Year 11 students are asked to provide their mock / predicted GCSE results when applying online.

How will I enrol?

All interviews are now being carried out over the phone. The traditional face to face advice days in August will be replaced with further virtual advice and guidance sessions. Instead of the usual enrolment days in September, we will be enrolling learners online and we hope to commence this as soon as possible, confirming your place for September.

What about induction?

As Government guidance is likely to change frequently between now and September, we will follow the latest advice to develop appropriate induction activities to help you settle in to college life. We will keep in touch regularly to let you know what is planned.

How could college be different next year?

Following induction, we may be required to continue with blended learning with a mix of face to face and online tuition during the autumn term and potentially into 2021 to enable social distancing requirements to be maintained. We will continue to support learners to study remotely from home when needed. But don’t worry, you will still attend college and make new friends and enjoy enrichment activity, guest speakers, employer events, tutorials and all the other things that make college such an exciting and rewarding experience. We may just have to do some things a little differently at first.

Virtual Open Evening

We are running our second virtual open evening on Tuesday June 30 between 5pm and 7pm, where you can speak directly to our tutors by phone or chat online. Find out more and register here.

Any other questions?

Contact us at or on (01388) 443000.


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