All you need to know for 2020/21

Everyone at Ayrshire College is looking forward to welcoming students back to our campuses for the 2020/21 academic session, after a long shutdown period on the advice of the Scottish government in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Here you should find all the information you will need in preparation for starting your 2020/21 course. If you need further information that is not listed here, you can email enquiries@ayrshire.ac.uk and we will direct your question to the most relevant staff member.


WHEN WILL MY COURSE START?

The College’s curriculum calendar for 2020-21 will officially commence on Thursday 13 August. 

However, the majority of our 2020-21 courses will start on Tuesday 22 September, delivered partly in-college and partly by blended learning.

School/college partnership programmes will begin week commencing 24 August and these will also be delivered partly in-college and partly by blended learning.


WHAT IS 'BLENDED LEARNING'?

Blended learning involves undertaking some of your studies remotely via various digital platforms. This means that you’ll take part in online tutorials, study groups and projects at home. We’ll be able to provide you with more information as we work through our plans.


WHY HAS THE START DATE OF MY COURSE BEEN DELAYED?

Courses have been delayed to allow us to prepare College buildings in line with physical distancing requirements and to ensure that course materials can be delivered in this new blended way.


WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TIMETABLE?

We are working on timetabling for all courses and will confirm with students as soon as we can - this is likely to be sometime in August. We understand that students who have children in school may be concerned about how their future College course can fit in with amended school pupil attendance patterns in place in the autumn. 

There are many factors that can change timetables at this time, including guidance from Scottish Government on Covid-19 and social distancing requirements for colleges. As soon as your timetable is ready, it will be sent to you.

WILL I BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 BEFORE COMING IN TO COLLEGE?

The College is following the Scottish Government’s guidance on arrangements for Test and Support. At the moment, testing before coming in to College is not part of the guidance. We will monitor the guidance and update our policies should there be any changes.

WHAT IF I AM SHIELDING?

Scottish Government guidance confirms those groups who should be shielding. The College expects that students who meet the official criteria will follow the shielding guidance – including not coming onto campus. Where it is possible, you may be able to continue your learning or part of your learning off-campus.


WILL I BE GIVEN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WHEN I ARRIVE ON CAMPUS?

We are following sector specific guidance on this and appropriate PPE will be provided for practical subject areas in line with the specific guidance for different industries e.g. construction, hairdressing etc.


WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR FUNDING?

You will be able to apply for funding as soon as you are offered a place on your chosen course. 

If your course is a Further Education course then you will be automatically sent an invite from the Funding Team with instructions on how to apply as soon as your offer has been processed.

If you are studying at Higher Education level (HNC or HND) then you must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland at www.saas.gov.uk

Both Further and Higher Education applications must be done online.


I’M A CONTINUING STUDENT, DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ALL MY DOCUMENTS AGAIN TO BE ASSESSED BY THE FUNDING TEAM?

If you are a continuing student who received funding in 2019-20, then you will not need to resubmit proof of ID as we take this from your current file. All other documents will be required as we assess your application on your current personal and financial circumstances.

MY COURSE INVOLVES PRACTICAL ELEMENTS. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THESE CLASSES?

Currently, the guidance asks us to limit the number of people on campus. Where part of your studies requires you to have access to workshops and other practical experiences, we will provide you with access to these learning spaces, but it is likely to be in smaller groups. We will provide more information to you as plans progress.

MY COURSE CONTAINS A WORK PLACEMENT. WILL THIS GO AHEAD?

We are working closely, with our placement providers, to agree when and how students can safely go out onto work placement in line with the appropriate guidance. We are also looking at other ways for students to gain the skills required by employers until they can safely go to the work placement.
 

I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER OR HAVE WI-FI. IS THERE ANY HELP AVAILABLE?

We will discuss your requirements with you and make every effort to ensure that you have access to the correct resources to enable you to undertake your studies.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS FOR LAST YEAR (2019-20)?

Experienced college assessors have reviewed all the available assessment evidence to assess whether you met the course aims. Using this evidence, and their knowledge of your engagement and progress, they have holistically estimated your individual success. Estimated grades, for HNC, HND, NC, NPA and NQ units, have been submitted to SQA. SQA will use these estimates provided by the College to help them make decisions about certification.

Your certificate will be issued on 4 August 2020 and you are encouraged to sign up to MySQA – the SQA’s online results service by 14 July 2020.

I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FULLY ACHIEVE MY COURSE BECAUSE MY ASSESSMENT EVIDENCE WAS INSUFFICIENT. HOW AND WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO COMPLETE ANY UNITS THAT I DID NOT GET AWARDED?

Where you have not achieved your award and this is considered a direct result of the impact of college closure, your entry can be left open and you should be given the opportunity to engage in further learning, teaching and assessment when conditions allow. Colleges are seeking to ensure that there is no detriment to learner funding entitlements in these situations.

WHAT IF I DIDN’T GET THE RESULT I EXPECTED?

If you feel that the assessment outcome reached does not accurately reflect your achievement you will be able to submit an appeal follow the college’s academic appeals process.
 

WILL UNIVERSITIES RECOGNISE MY GRADES?

Yes. Your result and grade will result from a rigorous evidence-based assessment process. This will be a valid result that reflects your achievement throughout your course.

CAN I PROGRESS WITHIN COLLEGE WITH AN INCOMPLETE RESULT?

If you are already making good progress, the College will take into account the disruption caused by Covid-19 when deciding if you can progress. In those circumstances, you will not need to repeat the year you have just completed.

If you have not applied for the next level of study, you should apply now via the College website.

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION. WHO DO I CONTACT?

If you do not know who is best to answer your question, please send an email to enquiries@ayrshire.ac.uk and we will direct this to the most relevant team member.

If you do know who is best to answer your question, then please direct it to one of the following email addresses:

Student Funding: studentfunding_ayr@ayrshire.ac.uk / studentfunding_kilmarnock@ayrshire.ac.uk / studentfunding_kilwinning@ayrshire.ac.uk

Student Services: studentservices@ayrshire.ac.uk

Inclusive Learning: inclusivelearning@ayrshire.ac.uk

ICT: ictsupport@ayrshire.ac.uk

Learning Resource Centre (LRC): lrc_ayr@ayrshire.ac.uk / lrc_kilmarnock@ayrshire.ac.uk / lrc_kilwinning@ayrshire.ac.uk

Moodle: moodle@ayrshire.ac.uk

Business Development (for Commercial or Flexible Workforce Development Fund enquiries): businessdevelopment@ayrshire.ac.uk

Student Association: charlotte.mitchell@ayrshire.ac.uk

Alcohol & Drug Liaison Officer: anne.kennedy@ayrshire.ac.uk

Any Ayrshire College lecturer: firstname.surname@ayrshire.ac.uk

Information for Employers

External Room Bookings

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and in line with government guidelines to re-open our college to students and staff, it is with regret that we are unable to take any room bookings from external customers or stakeholders in the near future.

I am sure you will understand that the spaces in the college will have to be utilised by our staff and students to ensure a safe environment for them to work and study

Your understanding of this situation is greatly appreciated.

Please check our website for updates and more information as to when we will be able to offer external room bookings.

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