Studying with B&FC from September 2020

The world is in a very different place to this time last year.

But B&FC has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures ensuring you will enjoy the best possible learning experiences in the safest, healthiest way.

From September 2020, students will continue to be provided with a vibrant learning environment using a mixture of campus-based and online teaching in line with the latest Government advice.

While many lectures and assessments will mostly take place online, there will be some socially-distanced small-group teaching sessions and limited risk assessed access to laboratories, arts studios, performance spaces and specialist teaching facilities. 

We’re currently planning the semester 1 timetable. Our term dates for 20/21 remain unchanged. The start of the year will include your opportunity to attend a socially-distanced welcome event on campus, supported by further information and resources available online.

Support services including Progress Tutorials, HE Learning Mentors (HELMs) providing academic and wellbeing services, careers advice, financial support, and Students’ Union enrichment sessions, will be delivered remotely - with staff available online and via telephone and email. Limited campus access for face-to-face support will be available by invitation.

Library resources will be available online, with limited socially-distanced services available by invitation.  

When it comes to the campus, we’re designing new study space layouts to support active collaborative learning in a safe environment. Hand sanitiser will be readily available in every building, with one-way traffic flows where necessary for people to move around our buildings. We are also hoping to open car parks, reception desks and limited catering outlets from September. 

The world is changing constantly – but we want to give you as much support and reassurance as to how we’re adapting to this new norm. That’s why we’re implementing a three-stage alert system for the 2020/21 academic year that's detailed below.

We are currently in a transition phase from Level 3 to Level 2.

We are anticipating entering into Level 2 at the start of the 2020/21 academic year following government guidance.

Keeping you updated

We have been keeping our students updated on our student FAQs page and through regular emails since we entered COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

We will continue to provide information throughout the coming months to support studies and any changes to the delivery of learning experiences.

 Managing your study experience through Covid-19

Education

All remote delivery online using a mix of technologies including MS Teams, Zoom, virtual learning environments (Moodle and Canvas).

Progress tutorials, both individual and group, delivered remotely.

Student services

All support services delivered remotely including HE Learning Mentor; academic and wellbeing services, careers advice, financial support and Students Union (SU).

Support staff available online and via telephone and email.

Campus services

Access to library resource centres online including ebooks and journals.

Refectories and sport facilities unavailable on campuses in accordance with government guidance.

Expected early in 2020/21 academic year
Education

Primarily remote delivery online using a mix of technologies including MS Teams, Zoom, virtual learning environments (Canvas).

Students will be given the opportunity to attend weekly (or block taught) socially-distanced learning session on campus in addition to attending to undertake labs, and practicals and limited studio work, following Covid-secure guidelines.

Progress tutorials, both individual and group, delivered remotely.

Student services

Support services delivered remotely including HE Learning Mentor academic and wellbeing services, careers advice, financial support/bursaries and SU.

Support staff available online and via telephone and email.

Limited access to face to face support available, following Covid-secure guidelines.

Campus services

Access to library resources online plus limited socially-distanced services available by invitation only.

A range of enrichment activities available delivered in partnership with the Students' Union.

Limited indoor sport facilities, following Covid-secure guidelines.

Refectories with limited services.

To be determined
Education

All physical classes to resume, alongside a new digital flexible delivery model.

Student services

Return to normal service operation alongside continued flexible delivery models to continue to meet the needs of our students.

Campus services

Return to normal service operation with continued enhanced access to online library resources.