All you need to know about College in September

Essential information for Students and their Parents/Guardians for starting or returning to Brock College in September.

We are really excited to welcome our students to College in September. It has, of course, been a monumental six months, and as you might imagine we have been making quite a few changes in preparation for the new academic year. This webpage contains all the essential information that you need to know before starting term.

Our COVID-19 response

We have been planning for the new academic year for some time and we are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students safely back to campus.

The College has made significant adjustments to keep you as safe as possible. These include changes to our timetable structure; the start of the College day to avoid travelling at peak times; classroom management; additional covered social space; one way systems, social distancing signs and hand sanitiser stations.

A COVID responsive timetable

We have a revised timetable structure, which will enable us to carefully manage the overall number of students on site on any given day, and provide a flexible blended learning approach so that you are completely comfortable with our remote learning platforms, should any future episodes of lockdown be imposed or any student needs to go into self-isolation.

The key features of our responsive timetable are:

  • The College cohort will be split in two and taught on different days to limit interaction between the two ‘bubbles’. We will also stagger break and lunchtimes.

Most students will have one day of fully timetabled remote learning, with 2 or 3 full days on campus for lessons. Our aim is to keep the overall teaching and learning time at the same level as if students were in College over five days. There may be some slight variations to this, for some courses, such as those that are heavily practical.

A COVID secure place to study and work

We have worked hard to ensure that we have met Public Health England and Department for Education guidelines to ensure that we are COVID secure. This includes many of the things that we see in shops and businesses such as hand sanitiser stations, perspex screens, social distance signage, and one-way systems. In addition, classrooms and workshops have been configured to support social distancing. We will have a team of cleaners on site, to clean and sanitise toilet facilities, classrooms and public spaces on a rota basis throughout the day.

Guidance for Parents and Carers

The Government published updated guidance for parents and carers on 1 September. This can be found below.

Guidance for Parents and Carers

 

As a student what do I have to do?

We expect all our students to take responsibility for themselves and to act responsibly while at or travelling to and from College to ensure the safety of themselves and all other members of the College and local communities.

You need to ensure that you have read, understood and agreed to our student code of conduct and COVID-19 code of conduct. As a reminder, this can be found here:

Code of Conduct – COVID-19

Learner Code of Conduct

Please ensure you have watched our COVID-19 video, which highlights the things you need to be doing every day at College to help keep everybody safe.

COVID-19 Video

What do I need to bring to College?

To keep you safe you are asked to bring the following with you each day:

  • Two face coverings and a sealable bag in which to store these when you aren’t wearing them. You will need to wear a face covering in all communal areas such as corridors and enclosed communal spaces.
  • Small hand sanitiser, which you will need when you put on or take off your face covering and to use on entry to and exit from classrooms.
  • Pack of wipes for individual use in classrooms and a pack of tissues for personal use.
  • Your ID and lanyard, which you must wear in all communal areas including outside.
  • Your own stationery, pens and any equipment you need for your course such as calculators; textbooks and any other course specific requirements you are advised you will need.
  • Warm layers as classrooms will be well ventilated through open windows.

The College may be able to offer financial support for essential equipment for students from low income households. Details can be found below.

If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, please make sure the College is made aware before you start. Please email student services at divisionaladmin@brock.ac.uk or come to student services on your first day and we can get things sorted for you. We can supply full face plastic visors if that is easier for you.

Financial Support

The College is able to offer financial support for students from low income households. This comes in the form of a bursary to help with travel and essential course costs. Free College meals are also available for those who are eligible.

There are also other bursaries available for adult learners and vulnerable learners such as care leavers or those living independently. Full details can be found on the College bursaries  webpage: https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/bursaries-financial-support/

Induction and start of term

If you are a new student or existing student progressing to a new course:

  • If you are a new student, or an existing student progressing to a new course at Brockenhurst main campus, then your Induction day will be either Monday 7 September or Tuesday 8 September.
  • Which day you will attend will depend on your individual programme.
  • We will let you know which day you will need to attend your Induction Day by email on 4 September
  • Induction day for beauty students studying at Ultima academy is Monday 7 September.
  • Induction day for students studying at the Marchwood skills centre is Monday 7 September.

If you are a returning student starting the second year of your course:

  • If you are a returning student starting the second year of your course, the start of term will be either Thursday 10 September or Friday 11 September, depending on your individual timetable.
  • If you are a returning student progressing to the second year of your course you will be able to access your timetable via the student portal from midday on Wednesday 9 September.

The College day and your timetable

We have changed the structure of our timetable for 20/21 as part of our COVID-19 response. Here is what you need to know:

Main Brockenhurst campus:

  • Most students will have two full days on site and one day of remote learning (Remote Monday).
  • On Mondays students will have timetabled remote lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams for each of their subjects and also a tutor session between 9:00am and 5:30pm according to their timetable. These will either be live or pre-recorded sessions and students are expected to attend all lessons at the allocated time and attendance will be monitored.
  • Most students will attend College for two full days for scheduled classes between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. This will either be on a Tuesday and Thursday OR Wednesday and Friday. Which days students attend will depend on their individual programme.
  • Some students may be required to attend for an additional day(s) of study. This will be shown on your timetable if this is the case. This will be due to a particular combination of subject choices which means it is not possible to schedule all lessons over two days.
  • Students may attend College on a Monday to access study space in the LRC, but the College bus service will not be operating, so students must make their own travel arrangements.
  • Students should not travel to College on the days they do not have lessons in order to ensure we maintain a manageable number of students on the College campus.

Marchwood and Ultima:

If you are attending Marchwood and Ultima you will have a different structure to your timetable and you will also be required to attend the Brockenhurst main site for Mathematics and English lessons if you are studying these subjects. Full details will be provided at the beginning of term.

The College day

The college day has also changed a little for 20/21 and the timings for the autumn term are:

  • Remote Mondays: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Brockenhurst Main Campus 9:30am – 4:30pm (Tuesday – Friday)
  • Marchwood Skills Centre: 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • Ultima Beauty Academy: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Receiving your timetable

If you are a new student or an existing student progressing to a new course, you will receive your timetable at your Induction Day on either 7 or 8 September.

  • If you are a returning student progressing to the second year of your course you will be able to access your timetable via the student portal from midday on Wednesday 9 September.

Support

Coming to College is a big (but exciting) step, but this year even more so as you haven’t been at school or College since March. We know that you might be a little anxious about starting or returning.

Rest assured we are with you every step of the way. We provide lots of support to help you settle into College. You will meet your student support manager (SSM) during your first few days who will be your ‘go to’ person for your time at College and we will introduce you to all the support available to help you through any challenges you might have so you can get the best out of your time at College and settling back in after being out of education for the last few months.

Getting to College

If you are planning to travel to College by bus or train please ensure you have visited the travel page on the College website. There are changes this year to the way passes and tickets for both rail and bus travel are purchased.

Brockenhurst Main Campus:

By Rail

Brockenhurst railway station is about a 7 minutes walk from the main Brockenhurst College campus. There are frequent trains in both the Bournemouth and Southampton directions, and it is less than 20 minutes travel time to both these stations.

Due to the reduction in the number of days that students will be attending College this year the College will no longer be issuing rail passes but you can get discounted tickets as detailed below.

Since its introduction last year, the most economical way to purchase tickets if under 18 is to purchase a ’16-17 saver’ railcard. This costs £30 and provides 50% discount off the cost of travel. These are not available through the College, and the railcard and tickets must be bought direct.

The link to the railcard website is here: https://www.16-17saver.co.uk/

By Bus

The College runs an extensive network of buses which serve the main campus.

Part of our COVID-19 response involves changes to our timetable which will mean that students will not be attending College every day. As such we will be reducing the cost of bus passes proportionately and this will mean that the overall cost of travelling to Brock will be lower as students will only pay for the number of days they will be travelling in to College.

Passes will be sold on a half-termly basis, as we will be reviewing the structure of the timetable regularly in line with current Government guidance.

Full details including routes and prices are available on the travel section of our website here: https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/travelling-to-brock/

Marchwood Skills Centre:

For 20/21 we will no longer be running a connecting bus services from Brockenhurst main campus to Marchwood.

Instead, the College will operate a connecting bus service from Totton railway station for students. Marchwood is also served by local bus services, for those students living in the waterside and surrounding areas. Full details of travel options for Marchwood can be found in the travel section of our website.

Note: Students who also need to study English or Mathematics in addition to their main programme at Marchwood will do this at the Brockenhurst main campus. Access by rail is straightforward, and students can access the College bus services for travel to main site if applicable.

Ultima Beauty Academy:

The Ultima academy in New Milton is about a 15 minute walk from New Milton railway station.

Students are able to use the College bus services to travel to Brockenhurst College main site and take the connecting train service to New Milton, which is two stops. The timing of the College day at Ultima is designed to allow students to do this.

Note: Students who also need to study English or Mathematics in addition to their main programme at Ultima will do this at the Brockenhurst main campus.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.

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