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What is happening with assessments?

With greater restrictions in place, SQA and other awarding bodies recognise that it may be difficult to complete all assessments – especially those that require evidence of practical or face to face skills.

It’s important that you continue to engage in and complete as much learning and teaching activities as possible.

Further guidance will be issued soon by SQA to allow Course Teams and lecturing staff  greater flexibility in coming to assessment decisions – and this will allow the professional judgement of staff to help inform assessment decisions.

We will update you as soon as we have further information.

What is happening with Graded Units?

SQA are removing the need to complete the assessment of Graded Units (exam-based and project-based) in most HNC and HND Group Awards for the current academic session 2020-21. 

Grading will be determined by teaching staff directly involved in delivery and assessment using evidence generated during completion of the other units in an award.  Some Graded Units will still be delivered where teaching teams feel they add significant value and help progression opportunities. Staff will inform you how the grade for your course will be reached and clearly indicate what evidence will be used. Please contact your lecturer if you have any questions.

A brief guidance note is here, HNC/HND Graded Units 2020/21

What's happening with National 5 and Higher subjects?

There will be no final exams for National 5 or Highers this year. 

Results and grades will be based on lecturer estimates using evidence and assessment material generated throughout the year. So, it’s important that you continue to engage effectively and submit coursework and assessment evidence where possible.

Some subjects may also use internal exams to help generate evidence.

We are still awaiting further guidance in light of greater COVID restrictions in relation to generating assessment evidence and we will update you as soon as this is available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your lecturer.

Will I have to come in to college for my classes or to access support services?

The college campuses are currently closed for all face to face teaching.

All courses will continue to be delivered using a blended learning approach – and have an element of online learning and in some cases, all learning may require online delivery.

Glasgow Clyde is the first college to launch Canvas as its new online learning platform (VLE) and we know from feedback this is improving the student experience and providing an accessible virtual environment for our learners.

Support will be provided to learners where needed and any student who requires additional learning support should contact the College depending on which campus they plan to attend:

ELSAnnieslandCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

ELSCardonaldCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

ELSLangsideCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

What is blended learning?

Blended learning involves undertaking some of your studies online via various social media platforms (e.g. using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Canvas or using Zoom or Microsoft Teams). This means that you will not be in college but will take part in online teaching and tutorials, study groups and projects at home. We will be able to provide you with more information as we complete our delivery plans.

What skills will I need to study online?

The main difference between blended and face-to-face learning is that you will use online communication platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams and your studies will see lecturers using these to communicate with classes and individual students. Our Canvas VLE platform has a range of resources to help improve your digital skills and help learn remotely. We also have a student ICT helpdesk which will provide helpful information.

What if I don’t have access to a PC or laptop?

We will be providing access to IT services within the College during the working day to allow students to work on a blended basis.  If you feel this would be a useful service, please let your Faculty know.

If using College IT, will I need earphones with a microphone?

If you are using IT within the College and require earphones with a microphone (the same as those you use with a mobile phone) each student will be expected to bring their own to support our hygiene routines.  If you do not have access to earphones they will be available at cost price to all students.

What funding and financial support will be in place?

It is vital that students apply for funding as soon as they receive an unconditional offer. Students on a FE course may apply for bursary/EMA funding  and students on an HN course may apply for SAAS funding. Visit Student Funding for more information. 

Funding will be available on the same basis as every other year.  Your course funding will start from the new start date for your course and continue as normal. We will ensure that the updated course dates are incorporated into funding arrangements – so you don’t need to do anything extra. Travel expenses will only be paid if the individual is required to travel to college as part of their course and study costs will be paid at the point students need them. We are always available to provide advice and support to any student with financial concerns. 

If you have any funding questions you can email us directly on funding@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

How much time will I have in College?

Due to current circumstances most courses are being delivered remotely with only limited on campus learning. Your Course Leaders will keep you updated if this position changes.

What about practical classes?

Currently, the national guidance asks us to limit the number of people on campus.

Each Course Team is looking at this to get the right solution for the students on their courses. We need to limit the number of people on campus at any given time so we can adhere to social distancing guidelines. That means that at least some of your classes and learning will be done off campus (like online sessions or projects and activities that you will complete from home).

Where part of your course requires you to have access to practical areas, like workshops, kitchens, salons or labs, we hope to provide you with access to these learning spaces, but it is likely to be in smaller groups. We will continue to review this as guidance changes, and it may mean increasing or reducing your time on campus.

What if I cannot access online classes and resources?

All learning will require access to a PC or laptop and an internet connection.  The College is working to identify ways to support student access including possible lending and purchase schemes. If you are worried about ICT access, please contact the relevant curriculum contact address or email the College on info@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

If I cannot study at home, can I come into college?

We know every individual’s circumstances are different.

The current restrictions on social distancing and wider government guidelines mean we must closely monitor the number of students on campus.

You must only attend campus if required for a formal class or if you wish to use the library study facilities to gain access to PCs or a quiet study space.

If you have particular difficulties working online, make contact with our student advice team or your course team and we will work with you to find a solution.