Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus update for staff, students, parents and stakeholders from Coleg Gwent

(as of Thursday 14 May 2020, 12:45)

Please see the latest update for parents, carers and learners about important matters that will impact on all learners this term. This includes the latest information on how learning outcomes will be assessed for the 2019/20 academic year.

At Coleg Gwent, we’re regularly reviewing the situation to provide you with the most up to date information and advice via this webpage.

New applications are still being processed as normal. Please visit the learning section of our website and apply today!

Learning continues

Our college premises remain closed with all services being provided remotely and digitally until further notice.

Despite the temporary closure of our campuses, learning continues remotely. Staff and learners can access further information via CG Connect and the Staff Portal, where there will be regular updates.

If you’re experiencing ICT issues, you can access the helpdesk here.

If you haven’t already, download the CG Connect/Staff Portal app now by searching ‘Coleg Gwent Connect’ via your app store.

What do I need to know?

  • Access to services and support – All learners have access to CG Connect and Canvas to keep in touch with teachers and a range of support services which will enable learning to continue.
  • Exams and assessments – See the Vice Principal’s latest update for information on how qualifications will be awarded this summer. For learners who have paid an exam fee, we’re unsure yet whether these will be refunded and await further instruction. We will contact all paying learners in due course to let you know. We understand there will be no change to vocational assessments except where students have external exams and we are awaiting further instructions.
  • Results Day 2020 – Welsh Government have confirmed that results days will go ahead as originally scheduled. AS and A level – 13th August and GCSE results – 20th August. We look forward to celebrating these with you in August.
  • 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 and include your Learner ID.
  • Access to site –  Learners will not be able to access College sites until further notice. All College sites will continue to have a caretaking and security presence. Any staff requiring access must log a ‘site access request’ on the Estates helpdesk stating the reason and allowing 24 hours notice.
  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payments will not be affected by campus closures. We will also continue to fund free meals for those learners who are eligible, via direct payments.
  • 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.
  • HE Learners studying USW programmes may have received messages directly from USW. Please disregard these messages and refer to Coleg Gwent communications for updates.
  • 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.

This is a very challenging situation which is under constant review. All of our decisions are made in line with official UK Government and Public Health Wales advice.

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.