Coronavirus Update for Learners, Applicants, Parents and Carers
Update: Thursday 22 October 2020
Following Welsh Government’s announcement of a two-week firebreak, please find an update on how we’ll be supporting learners during this time and doing what we can to safely keep learning going.
During this time, our phone lines will remain open for you to contact us and staff will be working remotely. Please click here for more information.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus?
If one of our learners has a positive COVID-19 test result, all learners in their contact group will be notified by their tutor or Head of School and issued with a letter confirming the situation and providing instructions to self-isolate. During this time, teaching and learning will continue remotely where possible.
A positive COVID-19 test result from someone who has been on our campus does not mean that the campus will close. Following Welsh Government guidelines, our learners are in small contact groups* in classrooms, which limits the number of people mixing.
In communal spaces, face coverings, social distancing, hand sanitising, frequent cleaning and staggered timetables minimise the risk further, so only those within a contact group of somebody who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to return home and self-isolate.
*Contact group – an individual teaching or tutor group. In the case of A/AS Levels, a learner may belong to several contact groups (one for each subject).
Local Lockdown – Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Torfaen and Cardiff
From 6pm Monday 28th September, Torfaen County Borough will implement a local lockdown.
Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff and Caerphilly County Boroughs remain in local lockdown until further notice from Welsh Government.
This means ‘persons living in the area may not leave the area for work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, if it is reasonably practical for them to work or provide those services from home’.
Local lockdown restrictions mean:
- No-one will be able to leave or enter the borough without good reason such as work or care that can’t be carried out from home.
- Face masks will be required for everyone over 11 in shops.
- People will only be able to meet outdoors at a 2 metre distance – meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed for the time being. No overnight stays will be allowed.
What does this mean for our learners?
Welsh Government advises Further Education learners (and staff) can continue to travel in and out of their County Borough to attend college, provided they:
- Are not displaying any Covid-19 symptoms; high fever, continuous cough, loss or change to smell and taste.
- Haven’t been asked to self-isolate.
- Adhere to all the health and safety measures put in place by the College. This includes: maintaining 2m social distance and wearing a mask when entering the building and in all communal spaces, frequent and thorough hand washing and use of hand sanitiser.
Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website and via CG Connect.
How we’re keeping our community safe
A BIG welcome to all new and returning learners! Please remember to follow all guidance when on campus. Let’s all keep college COVID secure!
We have a social responsibility to keep our learners, staff and wider communities safe by asking them to follow the latest COVID-19 guidance whilst on campus and in their local areas. The latest up-to-date guidance for learners and staff can be found on the CG Connect app, our website, social media and posters/signage around our campuses, and failure to adhere to the COVID-19 guidance is a breach of our Code of Conduct.
Our COVID-19 guidance is based on Welsh Government’s advice, including:
- Wearing a face covering in communal areas indoors, in shops and on public transport
- Maintaining a 2 metre social distance outside of classrooms, on the college campuses and in the local community
- Adhering to contact groups guidelines in classrooms and remaining in contact groups outside of lessons where possible*
- Following our one way system
- Avoiding large gatherings in the local area and returning home immediately after classes
- Using hand sanitiser and washing hands regularly.
New applications are still being processed as normal. Please visit the learning section of our website and apply today!
Interested in a part-time course?
If you’d like to join one of our popular part-time courses, call our Student Recruitment team on 01495-333777 today. Payment will need to be taken to secure your place. Don’t delay, enrol today!
If you’re a learner who needs to pay fees, please complete your enrolment and you’ll be contacted when the payment portal is available. No payments are currently being taken on campus.
Our phone lines are now open for enquiries. If you need to speak to us about a specific issue, you can contact us by phone or email:
Experiencing ICT issues?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Questions about your grades?
If you haven’t received the grades you were hoping for, please attend your enrolment appointment and we’ll discuss your options with you or for more information visit our dedicated results page.
If you’d like to speak to our exams team, please email ExamsOfficers@coleggwent.ac.uk or call:
BGLZ: 01495 333016
Crosskeys: 01495 333491
Pontypool: 01495 333196
Newport: 01633 466007
Usk: 01495 333640
Questions about your application?
If you’re thinking about applying for a course or need help with your application, contact our Student Recruitment Team by emailing email@example.com.
If you’ve already applied for a course, get in touch with our Admissions Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Exam Results 2020 – For the latest information about exam results, visit our dedicated results web page. We’re following Welsh Government updates closely and responding as quickly as we can to the new guidance as it is announced.
Guidance on appeals related to calculated grades for AS/A Level learners
- New applications and interviews – We’re continuing to accept new applications and make offers for all subjects, however Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) interviews have been replaced with a conditional offer based on predicted/actual grades. We will be keeping in touch and updating you on your application by email. If you haven’t heard from us, let us know by emailing email@example.com and include your Learner ID.
- Torfaen Learning Zone has made good progress despite ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, but we’re on track to open for learning on 4th January 2021.
The September term will start in our Pontypool Campus, which will be well-resourced to accommodate all subjects and social distancing measures, and we’ll be providing free transport from Torfaen Learning Zone to Pontypool campus during this time.
In the October term, we’ll be arranging for you to visit Torfaen Learning Zone which will be almost ready but still undergoing the final ‘fit out’ of furniture and ICT equipment, and when it’s ready for learning in January, we’ll do everything to provide a seamless transition to the new campus, with all the necessary support along the way.
Please check the Torfaen Learning Zone webpage for updates.
- Grants and Finance – ALL EMA/WGLG Learner Agreements and FCF applications are online this year. See the Grants and Finance tile on CG Connect for more information.
- Part time courses – Our part-time guide is out now – Apply now for courses starting in September! For cancelled courses that were due to start in March or April, you can defer your payment to a future course or request a refund.
- Employers – We are still here to support you remotely. For more information go to our Employer section of the website.
- Contractors and suppliers – We are doing everything we can to protect our suppliers, contractors and the local community from the impact of the coronavirus.
Our three key priorities are as follows:
- Keep everyone safe
- Keep learning going
- Minimise non-essential contact
All updates will be posted here and across our various social media channels as soon as they’re available. So for any new information, please check our online platforms in the first instance.
For further information, we recommend that you also refer to the Welsh Government website and the Foreign Commonwealth Office and download a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.