To help you get ready for September, we’d love you to join us to meet your tutor/s, take a look around the campus, find out what to expect on your first day and chat to others on your course.
We’re holding several days starting at the end of June, so please keep an eye out for an email with the date and time of your welcome day!
Autumn Term Dates
Monday 6 September – Friday 22 October 2021 (7 weeks)
Half Term: Monday 25 Oct – Friday 29 Oct 2021
Monday 1 November – Thursday 16 December 2021 (7 weeks)
For the full academic year, please see the term dates here.
Don’t forget to look out for emails from us between now and September with details about your course. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 01278 441234 or email email@example.com.
How will I know when to attend College?
If you accept your offer to study at BTC, you will be invited to enrol online via email. Once enrolled, we’ll email a link to a secure portal called Destination BTC that will include your joining instructions from your tutor and the following details:
Can I join Academies before starting College?
Yes, you can either complete the form associated with the Academy of your choice or email the tutor to book your place. Click here to find out more and apply.
Do you have any scholarships or bursaries I can apply for now?
We have several of both and you’re welcome to apply before September. Click here to find out more and apply.
What happens when I get my GCSE results?
Hopefully you’ll be celebrating and could start on a higher level course than you planned. If things haven’t gone as well as you hoped, it’s important to remember is not to panic. We have a team of supportive staff who are happy to talk you through your options.
Once you have your results, pop into the College to meet a member of the Information, Advice & Guidance team or call our GCSE helpline on 01278 441234. There will be an alternative they can explore with you.
What steps have you taken to ensure I’m safe in College?
Your health and safety is of paramount importance, and we constantly review and follow government guidelines for colleges. Below are some of the steps we are taking to make sure everyone is as safe as possible:
Will I be in a ‘bubble’?
To minimise the contact between students, you will be required to stay within your allocated groups ‘your bubble/s’ at all times. There may be occasions whereby you are allocated to more than one group but it is important you restrict your interactions to these groups only. To do this, the College has been arranged into coloured areas. You will be allocated to one of these areas for your study and access to restaurants etc. It is important that you stay within these coloured areas at all times.
What will the classrooms / workshops look like?
The changes to classrooms and workshops have made to help keep you and our staff safe. Where possible, we aim to maintain social distance of one metre. In addition, all seats will be facing forward so we can minimise face-to-face contact. Where we cannot maintain social distance ie. available space, specialist equipment or practical lessons we will put other steps in place, for example the use of Personal Protective Equipment. If this is the case we will explain how this will work to you.
Will the classrooms / workshops be cleaned between lessons?
We know one of the best ways of reducing the virus is through hygiene. In addition to the additional cleaning regimes we have in place, we would ask you to do a number of things:
We will provide the resources for you to be able to do this.
Do I need to wear a mask?
The current government guidelines for Colleges require students to wear a mask in corridors and communal areas. You do not have to wear a face covering in our classrooms, with the follow exceptions:
You are welcome to continue to wear a face covering within the classroom and you will be issued with a sunflower lanyard if you are exempted from wearing a mask.
Do you have uniforms, or can I wear anything I want?
There are no uniforms, but some departments such as sport and automotive have branded clothing and Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) is expected to be work in most workshops.
You will be issued with a lanyard which you must wear on campus for security reasons. It also gives your access to certain areas and you can use it to pay at food outlets.
Getting to and from College
Where possible, we would advise you walk, cycle or use private transport to travel to College.
We have been advised that Somerset County Council are increasing the capacity of buses available. If you are coming to College on public transport, you are required to wear a mask. We will provide bins for the safe disposal of these.
There will be additional space allocated for waiting in bus bays in order to maintain social distancing.
If I need support at College is it still available?
We will continue to provide access to all our support services. This will be a mixture of face-to-face and remote support. This includes access to our Information, Advice & Guidance team, wellbeing, financial support and counselling, amongst others.
If you are in receipt of learning support, this will continue as normal. We are looking carefully at all situations and activities to make sure they can be managed safely. If this applies to you, further information will come from the ALS department and your teachers.
What happens if I feel unwell at College?
If you feel unwell it is important that you inform a member of staff immediately. There are dedicated spaces to wait until we can ensure that you are able to leave College.
What happens if I am unwell and unable to attend College?
During term time, any student who is unwell or self-isolating should report their absence by informing their tutor.
Are Apprentices expected to continue to go into their workplace?
Apprentices are advised to follow the guidance being given at their workplace and to speak to their line managers about workplace procedures. If they have any concerns, they should discuss them with their line manager or tutors. We are working closely with employers to address any specific concerns. We are also considering specific consequences of time away from an apprenticeship, for example whether adjustments will need to be made to balance out lost apprenticeship hours.
As an Apprentice, will I be expected to attend College?
In the majority of cases, we will visit you and your employers via an online platform. Where it is a requirement for your teaching, learning and assessment we may visit in person. Please be reassured the frequency and quality of your interactions and reviews will not change. The safety of you, your colleagues and our staff is our priority and this approach will positively support this. Your learning will take place both onsite and via a blended learning approach. Your assessor will confirm this via your timetable. We will support you to develop the skills to learn remotely.
Don’t forget to look out for emails from us between now and September with details about your course.
Thursday 10 June 2021