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FREE* courses for Adults!

Looking for a new job and need to update your qualifications? Want to improve your skills for your current job? Seeking a promotion? Want a career change and need to enhance your skills? 
Gain a recognised qualification plus support to help you get you where you want to be!

FREE* English and maths qualifications for Adults 
Gain your English and maths qualifications - we offer functional skills at Level 1 and 2 and GCSEs. Click here for more information or get in touch for advice on the right level for you and how to enrol. 

FREE* Level 2 Online Courses for Adults 19+ years old
Improve your skills and knowledge for job and career development with a fully online course. Study flexibly at a time and place that fits your commitments with opportunities available in a range of subjects. Click here to view the courses and apply.


FREE* Level 3 Courses for Adults 24+ years old
If you are over 24 years old and don't already have a Level 3 qualification, then you could be eligible for free tuition which could save you hundreds of ££s! 

Free tuition is available on the courses below in a range of subjects and there are full-time and part-time options to choose from.

So, if you are thinking about retraining for a new job, learning a new skill or getting a qualification to help you progress in your career then come and talk to us!
If you want to study something different or you do not fulfil the eligibility criteria, get in touch as there may be other courses we can help with too.

Find out more -  have an informal chat with our advisors who can help you find the right course to suit you and also guide you on how to enrol.
 
🏢 - come into the college during our drop-in advice and enrolment days click www.harrow.ac.uk/enrol for dates and times
📞 - 01895 853333
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(*Free tuition for eligible adults. ID and registration fees apply and you may have to pay for exam/materials costs.)

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The Need for Flexibility

We offer blended learning courses in partnership with Mindful Education, providing a flexible study option, which is the perfect combination of online learning alongside regular lessons on campus.

Our range of Online and On Campus part-time professional courses offers the best of both worlds, requiring less time in college than traditional classroom-only courses, while providing all the benefits of being part of a group that meets regularly with a college tutor. Meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study.
Click here to find out more about the benefits of blended learning

 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts for around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend between 3 and 6 hours studying independently online each week (depending on your level of study).

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Funding Available to Help You with Course Costs

We can offer a range of funding and loans to help you cover the cost of your study:
Level 2 – our courses are part-funded, significantly reducing the cost
Level 3 – accounting courses are fully funded for eligible learners (those without a full Level 3 qualification)
Level 3 and Level 4 - Advanced Learner Loans are available and you will not have to pay anything back until you're earning over £26,575 a year.
Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

Our Online and On Campus Courses

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Online and On Campus)
AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Online and On Campus)

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Online and On Campus)
AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Online and On Campus)

 

Keeping you Safe on Campus

Your safety is our priority and we remain with 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
  • 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
  • Perspex screens in public face to face areas
  • Face coverings to be worn* around all public areas on campus (you can also wear these in the classroom if you wish to).

The College's overarching Covid-19 Risk Assessment has been revised - please click here to read it.

Please remember, the government rules have been updated and from Tuesday 30 November it is also a legal requirement to wear a face covering* on public transport and also in shops.

*unless you are exempt.

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Results for GCSE Maths and English Exams Sat in November 2020

If you sat your GCSE English and/or Maths exams in November 2020, the results are available on Thursday 14 January. They will be sent to by text on Thursday 14 January and we will also put a copy of your results in the post to you on the same day.

Please note: because of the current lockdown, you will not be able to collect your results in person which is why we are sending them to you by text, so please ensure we have your current mobile number.
If you need to update your mobile phone number, please contact your Attendance Coordinator.

Many thanks
Exams Department

 

 

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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