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2021/22 Student Enrolment Information

Please see the information below to understand the expectations of our approach ahead of enrolment for the 2021/22 academic year. 

Programme start and enrolment 

We are planning to have applicants receive information regarding enrolment as soon as we have more details on the COVID roadmap and further guidance is made available. Whether we will be able to invite you to the college at this stage, or complete enrolment online, will depend on government and Public Health England guidelines. You will receive a separate invitation in due course. 

Teaching and Learning 

We expect that teaching and learning will take place face to face this autumn. However, there is still the possibility that we may continue to take a blended learning approach until guidance officially changes. This means that some learning could take place at the college and some learning could take place online. Your programme team is currently working on the detailed plans for this and we will make them available as soon as possible. 

In either case, we will be guided by public health regulations and government guidance to prioritise the safety of all students and staff. 

Your programme teaching teams have developed an approach to online learning to supplement any on-site teaching. This will ensure that you receive the same quality of teaching and tutor support, even if you are not able to come on-site to the college.

Digital learning will be to the benefit of the department in the case that public health restrictions go through ongoing changes and contact needs to be limited further again at any time during the academic year. 

Some courses include trips, placements or delivery onsite at external locations. The programme teams will routinely consider whether these can take place safely. 

Assessments 

Assessment methods will include different types of assessments which can take place on site at the college or remotely. We are not currently expecting any changes to the assessment methods but will let you know if this becomes necessary due to public health regulations. 

Technology and support 

In whatever way the situation evolves between now and September, and beyond, online learning will be planned for as part of our blended learning approach. This means that some learning could require access to our online resources remotely, so please consider how well you are equipped to do this, for example with your personal devices and broadband access. 

We have a bursary for HE students for which applications will open in mid-September. Students whose household income is below £25,000 can apply for the bursary which amounts to £500 paid out in 5 instalments of £100 each throughout the academic year. We have 20 of these bursaries available. Students on franchised top-up degrees  (BSc Animal Biology & Wildlife Conservation, BSc Animal Sciences) can apply to the University of Kent for financial support instead of our utilising financial support through the college. 

If you are concerned about your ability to participate in either on-site or online teaching, please contact us at highered@eastkent.ac.uk so that we can work towards supporting you in these next steps of your educational journey.

Learning resources 

The Higher Education Learning Resource Centre at Canterbury College provides access to a variety of journals, books and other study material. The catalog is accessible through our online learning platform (Moodle) for students at Ashford, Broadstairs and Canterbury Colleges. 

All students will be provided access to Moodle at enrolment. 

The Moodle platform is also used by your lecturers to provide programme specific resources and information relevant to your course.

Additionally, all students will receive free access to Office 365 and collaboration tools such as MS Teams which can be used for for online learning. 

If your programme includes work to be carried out in a laboratory or studio, we will prioritise these for face to face delivery on-site. Some units may have to be changed to a later time in the year to meet physical distancing regulations. We will update you if there are any changes closer to the start of term.

As you are aware, the government and Public Health England advice on limiting the spread of coronavirus has been subject to ongoing changes throughout the year. Therefore, we may have to make amendments to our current plans to continue ensuring the health and safety of our students. 

Concerns and questions 

If you are worried that your higher education experience may be impacted this September or throughout the next year from this initial guidance, and in order to discuss any other options available to you, please let us know by  email (highered@eastkent.ac.uk), so that our team can address your concerns formally.

In the meantime, if you do have any further questions, please contact us at highered@eastkent.ac.uk. We are all continuing to work remotely from home, so email is the best way to contact us as we may have limited or reduced access to the phones in our offices.