Please note: as we are an education setting, in line with government guidance, the college is open as usual.
Any change to this will be advised.
Covid Measures on Campus - click here to find out more

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Keeping you Safe on Campus

Your safety is our priority and we have put some new and additional measures in place to ensure you are safe on campus. Don't worry we are making sure you still get the same high quality teaching and a great college experience.

These include:

  • Automatic no touch hand sanitisers in Reception
  • Temperature checks as you come into college
  • Directional and one way systems in place around campus
  • Clear signage to encourage you to keep left and maintain your distance
  • Enhanced regular cleaning across campus
  • Hand sanitiser stations across campus
  • Curriculum bubbles that are marked with colour coded signage and student lanyards
  • Classrooms, workshops, salons and studios set out to meet guidelines for numbers and spacing
  • Perspex screens in public face to face areas
  • Teachers wearing face shields in classrooms
  • Face coverings to be worn around all public areas on campus (you can also wear these in the classroom if you wish to)
  • Toilet facilities specifically for each curriculum bubble.

Check out our video to see some of the measures in place:

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
w/c 15 June 2020

The Government has partially relaxed the lockdown and from 15th June 2020 a very limited number of students may return to campus. Some Awarding Organisations (AO) have confirmed there are a minority of qualifications that require students to come onto campus to successfully complete and achieve their course.  Where this is the case, the parents/carers and students will receive/have received a separate letter.

HCUC have produced a COVID 19 Guide for students to follow if asked to come to College. Note - the majority of students will not be required to come into College for the remainder of this term and this allows the College to very carefully limit student numbers on the premises, to ensure safety priorities are adhered to, in line with Government advice and independent Public Health & Safety Executive guidance. This guide should be with students prior to their coming into College.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance or about how qualifications are being assessed that are not covered on the  website, please contact the course tutor.

Campuses will have changed significantly since lockdown was called. All entering the building must maintain social distancing and sanitise their hands before moving into a building. Risk Assessments have been conducted for each subject area with appropriate PPE made available where needed. You are not required to wear a face covering in College but may choose to do so if that is your personal wish. Those travelling by public transport must adhere to the Government directive regarding face coverings. You must wear one on public transport, more detail is given in the general information section of this message.


Signage and barriers have been erected for safety and must be obeyed. Toilet facilities are available with social distancing and a concentration on hand washing and sanitisation.


Exam Cancellations

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Ofqual have announced that Functional Skills and many Vocational and technical qualifications (alongside A-Levels and GCSEs) will now be provided a centre assessment grade. Updates to the approach to ESOL are yet to be confirmed.

Further details are provided below:

1. A Level & GCSE students 
Ofqual have recently written to all A Level & GCSE students - please click here to read the letter . The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Students and colleges have been advised of the national approach to 2019/20 assessments & exams affected by COVID-19. You will now be aware of the centre assessment grade approach and a subsequent statistical standardisation process. While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades. Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.

2.   Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) including BTECs, Cambridge Technicals, & UAL Diplomas
The College is pleased to confirm that, as with A Levels, there will be a centre assessment grade approach (and similarly for some VTQs a further statistical standardisation process). Again, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.

Please note, Ofqual have reiterated that a centre assessment grade will not be “appropriate” for some VTQs (such as those designed to support progression straight into employment and signal occupational competence). A list of these qualifications will follow where some “adapted assessments or delivery models’’ will still be required. These details are still being finalised.

While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a further national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.  Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do- this will be in support of your calculated grade. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.


3.   Functional Skills
We are equally pleased to announce that functional skills students will (as with GCSEs) be allocated a centre assessment grade (again, with a further statistical standardisation process). As with the above, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.
There are more details available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-this-summer

Ongoing lessons for English & maths students are key to your progression and knowledge for next year and these will continue for the remainder of the academic year. Students will continue to engage in these to be best prepared for their next steps.

4.   ESOL 
No further details have been released on the national approach to ESOL. We are expecting updates imminently. We continue to be in regular contact with Awarding Bodies and government agencies to ensure we are well-informed. HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) students are enrolled onto a wide range of qualifications across a number of Awarding Bodies and we are working to safeguard that no student is disadvantaged.

Please be assured that we will update all students when we have more details.

Cancellation of Commercial Courses
For those undertaking commercial courses the College will be issuing refunds for all commercial courses due to start in the summer term. Applicants will be contacted to have an early opportunity to re-enrol on to these courses when the normal College business resumes. 

If you are already enrolled on a course which is due to finish at the end of this academic year, your course administrator will contact you separately to make local alternative arrangements to support you in the completion of your course.
For any other queries regarding commercial courses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Civic Duty – Volunteering

The College has donated equipment to both the NHS and care homes in the communities close to Uxbridge, Harrow and Hayes. There is further work planned to support these caring organisations in the near future. The College also has examples of individual cases of volunteering from both staff and students, well done to all those that have volunteered.



Further Information

Wearing a Face Covering

From 15 June 2020 you must wear a face covering if you need to use public transport.This will mean you can be refused travel if you don’t comply and could be fined.

A face covering is not the same as a face mask or surgical mask. It means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home. If you already possess a mask then you may use it. It is important that we do not deplete key PPE, such a surgical masks or respirators, which are designed to be used by healthcare and other workers for clinical settings

The government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.

You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and police staff for the purposes of identification.

Useful Weblinks

The Government have issued a one-stop shop link that gives access to all Covid-19 related information. It gives FAQs that appear to cover all the other Government webpages we supply and more. In addition, the final line gives advice on how people can sign up to receive automatic Gov.uk updates:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The following links may be useful in supplying further information:

Harrow College Student Services Support During Enforced College Closure

 - UK Government and Ofqual updates on qualification assessment – these will be updated as new information is provided:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#might-the-exams-be-reinstated-if-the-coronavirus-covid-19-is-not-as-bad-as-expected

 - Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

 - Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others 

 - Mental Health Guidance:~
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapsefb4eb

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html 

-General Heath Guidance

https://www.myhealthhillingdon.nhs.uk/campaigns/support-and-advice-booklet-during-covid-19/




Darrell DeSouza
Group Principal and CEO 
HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
w/c 30 March 2020

Following the government’s announcement on 18th March in relation to schools and colleges and the ongoing COVID-19 response, the College has adjusted its arrangements.

For most students the College, at all its campuses, is closed until we can advise you to return. We are monitoring the situation very closely - student wellbeing, your continued learning, your achievement and future progression are our priority.
We continue to support learning for all students remotely until the government advice changes. All affected students have been advised of this.

The College is following advice from the government and Public Health England and therefore expecting all students to remain at home. A very limited number of students have permission to be at College where, for example, they are included in the UK government’s priority list. These students have already been informed. If you are unsure then please contact your Attendance Coordinator.

The College will continue to contact students to advise on next steps including your ongoing learning. We will continue to advise you on how your teachers will work with you to continue your studies. Your remote learning will have started now and it is essential that you complete the work that you have been set.

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. All colleges are now awaiting confirmation on the national approach to 2019/20 assessments & exams affected by COVID-19. This will include methodologies for all qualifications: GCSEs, A Levels, BTECs, ESOL and functional skills.

We continue to be in regular contact with Awarding Bodies and government agencies to ensure we are well-informedHCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) students are enrolled onto a wide range of qualifications across a number of Awarding Bodies and we are working to safeguard that no student is disadvantaged.  

Please be assured that we will update all students when we have more details.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Further Information

The following websites may be useful in supplying further information:

Harrow College Student Services Support During Enforced College Closure

 

UK government and Ofqual updates on qualification assessment – these will be updated as new information is provided:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#might-the-exams-be-reinstated-if-the-coronavirus-covid-19-is-not-as-bad-as-expected

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Guidance for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Mental Health Guidance
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapsefb4eb

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html


Darrell DeSouza
Group Principal and CEO 
HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 19 March 2020

The College is closed to learners, unless otherwise notified, on Friday 20th March 2020 to allow for a staff inset (training) day.

Following the Government’s announcement on 18th March 2020, it is confirmed that normal delivery of classes will cease as of Monday 23rd March until further notice, therefore learners should not come into College. Staff have developed remote learning arrangements to continue learning and support for learners and will be in contact with them by these means.  
All students are being contacted to advise them of the new arrangements. 
The College will be working with the most vulnerable learners to offer a level of College service, by exception, in light of the Secretary of State's request on this aspect. A skeleton staff within College for this basic functioning is therefore planned.

The College will continue to seek clarification on the impact to learners and their progression, in relation to the Secretary of State’s announcement that there would be no assessment and exams this year.

Further Information

The following websites may be useful in supplying further information:

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 
Guidance for Educational Settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Mental Health Guidance
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapsefb4eb
https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

Darrell DeSouza
Group Principal and CEO
HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)

18 March 2020

 

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