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COVID-19 Update

Student FAQs

If you’re a returning student or are just starting your learner journey at the College, you may have some questions about what this will mean for your studies and the wider student experience at South Lanarkshire College. 

Please refer to the following Health & Safety Guidelines when accessing the College building. 

SLC Health and Safety Guidelines 2020

Below are some questions we’ve been asked, and we hope you find them useful.

To help answer all your questions we will continually update these FAQs, so please check this page regularly.  If you have anything specific that you don’t feel has been addressed – please contact the Marketing team by emailing: marketing@slc.ac.uk

The Scottish Government guidance as of 6 October 2020 is as follows:
Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test via www.nhsinform.scotor, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.
People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.
If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.
If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should remain in isolation for 14 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves.
Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be put in touch with the local contact tracing team so that other close contacts can be identified. These close contacts will also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person.
It will be important that everyone, and especially the people identified as close contacts, remain in self-isolation for the full length of time they are asked to.
A ‘close contact’ is someone who has been physically close enough to the confirmed case for a long enough period of time, that they may have had the virus transmitted to them. The risk of the virus being transmitted is higher the closer the contact, the greater the exposure to respiratory droplets (for example from coughing), and the longer the duration of the contact.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. This is because if you have the virus, it may take up to 14 days for it to develop into an illness (the “incubation period” of the virus).
If you have been identified by NHS contact tracers as having been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case, you will not be told who it is you have been in contact with.
If you do not have symptoms yourself and are self-isolating as a close contact of person who is a confirmed case, other people in your own household will not be asked to self-isolate along with you – unless they have also been in close contact with a person who is a confirmed case, which case they will informed by the NHS.
Please see the Scottish Government website for updates at:

The 2020-21 academic session will commence on 7 September 2020.  Whilst we anticipate that this will be the agreed start date for most courses, we do expect to bring some students into college earlier to complete their 2019-20 courses, where that is required.  We will continue to closely monitor the Scottish Government guidance and if there is any change to term start dates, we will notify you immediately.   

Following the updated Scottish Government guidance on 1 September 2020, face coverings are now mandatory when moving around the College in corridors and indoor social areas where 2m physical distancing may not be possible.  This includes toilets, corridors and stairwells.  You are not required to wear a face covering within classroom settings as 2m distancing will be possible and should be adhered to.

You will be contacted directly to advise you on how your course induction will take place.  It is likely that this will now be carried out on a virtual basis with an opportunity to pre-enrol remotely.  For some courses, we will be able to offer induction in college, but this will not be the norm. 

Staff are currently considering how best to deliver course programmes over the next session to take account of the health and safety measures we are introducing.  We aim to have timetables available 6 weeks before the start date of your course to allow you to plan and organise your studies alongside your other commitments.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance for us.   The College is currently planning to be open for some face-to-face teaching and service delivery from September 2020, but this will be limited, and remote working and social distancing will remain in place for all of us for the foreseeable future.

To support the work required for re-opening, the College is introducing a number of changes and building modifications to ensure we create a safe learning environment.  This will include limited numbers of staff and students in the building at any one time; strict social distancing procedures; wearing a face covering where required; increased hygiene measures; changes to public areas and to our catering offer. 

We will review this position on a regular basis in line with guidance from the Scottish Government.    We will ensure staff and students are regularly updated through our usual communication channels.  We remain absolutely committed to ensuring that we continue to provide excellent learning and teaching opportunities for our college community in a safe and secure way.

It remains the overarching priority of the College to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and of our wider college community.  We are closely monitoring the latest guidance from public health bodies and the Scottish and UK governments, all of which continues to shape the College’s business continuity arrangements.  The College Leadership Team has reviewed the transition to the new academic session and has implemented a range of measures to ensure all health and safety measures are implemented, including compliance with social distancing guidelines. 

Appropriate PPE will be provided for practical subject areas such as Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Science, Hospitality and Construction.  Subject specific training will be given to students on COVID and measures put in place in line with the specific guidance for the different industry sectors.

The College is following Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for Test and Support.  This guidance doesn’t currently require routine college-based Covid-19 testing as part of our reopening activities, but if this guidance changes then testing will be put in place as needed.

Our teaching staff are qualified in their occupational areas and, as experienced lecturers, are skilled in delivering learning in different modes – traditional class-based, alongside a blended approach – a combination of online and independent study with some classroom teaching.  We expect this blended approach to make full use of digital technology (like Microsoft Teams) and to allow for more personalised and flexible learning opportunities. 

All course learning and teaching material is devised to actively encourage student engagement and participation.  To facilitate learning for programmes where students will be studying from home or outwith the College building, we have devised a range of approaches that will enable students to gain valuable skills and knowledge in a more flexible way compared to face-to-face teaching. 

We will continue to further invest in the digital capabilities of our staff to ensure your learning experience remains excellent.

We will use a mix of attendance at college, especially for practical subjects, and home study for theory-based subjects and courses.  All modes of study will be fully supported by your College Lecturer.

Some classes take place in kitchens, workshops, salons or labs.  For these, it is likely that you will be on campus for part of the week.  We will continue to review this on a class basis to ensure that you can access the practical element of your course, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.  Further information on this will be provided with your timetable in advance of starting your chosen course of study.  We will keep this under review as guidance changes. 

Our teams are currently investigating ways to provide work placements within your course.  We will work closely with our stakeholders and partners to consider how this can be safely achieved, including via simulation or other methods.  Additional guidance will be provided on this element of your course in accordance with published guidelines as they become available.

Lecturing staff are experienced in supporting students to engage with their learning.  You will be fully supported to learn how to make notes, develop study skills and habits and work with a variety of e-learning platforms such as the College VLE, Microsoft Teams, and Smartscreen.

The College will make every effort to support you in your studies.  We are actively looking at ways to support those who do not have IT equipment at home or are experiencing digital poverty.  To help with this, students will be able to apply for long term laptop loan.  Further details will be provided once this application process is live at the start of the new term.  

Course teams will continue to offer a variety of different approaches to their delivery. Practical sessions will be timetabled to take place in our excellent workshops, salons, classrooms and kitchens.  The theory and knowledge-based elements of courses will be delivered using a mix of e-learning and face to face teaching. Our approach to e-learning is to enable students to engage in their learning in a flexible way that supports students to take control of their own learning.

We will closely follow the Scottish Government’s advice with regards to those who may be from a vulnerable group or shielding.  Please contact your Faculty directly if you have any queries relating to this.

We are fully aware of how difficult this may be for parents, both for students and staff.  For those where alternative childcare is not available, the Curriculum staff will be as flexible as possible to enable you to learn or attend college at different times.  Many of the practical classes in college will be in divided smaller classes due to social distancing so alternative attendance times by joining another group may be possible to suit your child/children’s attendance times.  Your Class Tutors will work through the best options for you once timetables and school/nursery attendance patterns are known.

Applications are being processed as quickly as possible.  One of the lecturing team will be in touch with you as soon as your application is with the team.  If you think you have been waiting for some time to hear about the progress of your application, please contact the Admissions team on admissions@slc.ac.uk

Yes. The College successfully delivered college-wide virtual information events in May and August of this year.  Please keep checking the College website for further information on Virtual Information Events. 

Induction sessions will be planned to take account of courses where students have been unable to complete practical assessments

We have already been successfully providing ongoing support online to students during COVID lockdown, including for example practical help, guidance and support, providing learning support, emotional support and counselling services.  More information will be provided to you about accessing these services in your induction session.

If you do require any support, or have a particular question, our Guidance and Support team continue to be available – on student.support@slc.ac.uk

We also have a named staff contact for students who are veterans, care experienced, estranged from family or have caring responsibilities.  To contact the named staff contact please email karen.pirie@slc.ac.uk

You will find further information on all the student support services we offer at: https://www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk/life-at-slc/student-services/

Yes.  Student funding will be processed as normal.  We would advise you to apply as early as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of the session.  You can apply for your funding as soon as you receive either a conditional or unconditional offer of place.

If you are doing a Higher National Programme i.e. HNC/HND you would apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for funding at www.saas.gov.uk

EMA/Bursary funding applications for non-advanced level programmes such as Nationals/SVQ’s/City & Guilds or SWAP Access courses are made directly to the College.  You apply online through the Student Portal at https://myportal.slc.ac.uk/login

If you’re unsure about eligibility or what funding is available and just want to find out more, email the bursary team at bursaries@slc.ac.uk.  They will provide guidance and advice and help you navigate the funding process.  

The College also manages discretionary funds which are there to help eligible students with childcare support and hardship.  Electronic application forms will be available on the Student Portal from September onwards.  To find out more, speak to Student Services staff by emailing student.support@slc.ac.uk.  Priority is given to those students who are lone parents, care experienced, carers, estranged from your family, living independently on your own accommodation or are struggling financially.

Yes.  If you have received either a conditional or unconditional offer of place for a full-time course starting next academic session, you can apply for a bursary. 

The Library will be available to borrow resources such as books and long term laptop loans.  Further details will be provided on how to access these services once the new academic year starts. 

Induction guides will be provided electronically at the start of term to explain how the Library can be accessed and used.

The 120 First Bus Service between the College and East Kilbride Town Centre is currently suspended.  Further updates regarding this service will be provided as and when available.  The 6, 18 and 201 First Bus services are accessible as usual from the bus stop on Kelvin Road with slightly reduced frequency.  For further details, please check with SPT.

We will continue to promote the importance of sustainable travel and alternative modes of travelling to college.  In order to ensure the safety of all users, bicycle rental will be on an appointment only system with additional precautions in place including sanitising the bicycles and accessories between rentals.  For further information on the bike rental initiative please email sustainability@slc.ac.uk.

A restricted takeaway service will be available from the 2nd floor Food Court.  There is no communal central area for eating food.  Social distancing must be maintained at all times. 

Please view the Health & Safety video in your Induction pack for further details on this.  

South Lanarkshire College is committed to ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of all students is supported throughout the academic term.  To support this, our counselling service will continue to be available.  For further information contact our Student Services team at student.support@slc.ac.uk

To help support the mental health and wellbeing, we’re delighted to have joined Togetherall.  Togetherall is a support service for students and staff that provides 24/7 mental health support from trained professionals. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, and learn skills to help you self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

To access Togetherall, head to Togetherall and register under ‘I’m from a university or college’ with your South Lanarkshire College e-mail address. If you would like to find out more or have any further queries, please email our Student Services team at student.support@slc.ac.uk

The Learning Development team will still be operating as normal in the new academic session.  For further information on learning support please email the team support.forlearning@slc.ac.uk

To find out more about Learning Development support visit the College website at:  https://www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk/life-at-slc/student-services/learning-development/

When you apply for a course and are offered a place please make us aware of the support you require. In consultation with you we will make the appropriate arrangements to provide you with the support you need prior to the start of your course.

Find our key contact details below and don’t hesitate to get in touch: 

Funding enquiries – email: bursaries@slc.ac.uk

Course application, Interviews or Admissions Process enquiries – email: admissions@slc.ac.uk

Guidance and Support, or if you’d like to access our counselling service, (which has now moved to phone based counselling) – email: student.support@slc.ac.uk

Learning Development Support enquiries – email: support.forlearning@slc.ac.uk

Library and Learning Centre enquiries – email: library@slc.ac.uk

An Update on the 2020/21 Session

At South Lanarkshire College we are looking to the future and moving forward with our planning for the 2020/21 session.  We continue to closely monitor the Scottish Government’s ‘route map’ out of lockdown to ensure we are following all appropriate guidelines throughout these challenging times.  Courses began on Monday 7 September 2020.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance for us.   The College has opened for some face-to-face teaching and service delivery from August 2020, this was limited, and remote working and social distancing remains in place for all of us for the foreseeable future.

To support the work required for re-opening, the College is introducing a number of changes and building modifications to ensure we create a safe learning environment.  This includes limited numbers of staff and students in the building at any one time; strict social distancing procedures; increased hygiene measures; changes to public areas and to our catering offer. 

We will review this position on a regular basis in line with guidance from the Scottish Government. We will ensure staff and students are regularly updated through our usual communication channels.  We remain absolutely committed to ensuring that we continue to provide excellent learning and teaching opportunities for our College community in a safe and secure way.

We understand that you will have many questions about how the new term will look.  To help address these concerns we’ve identified 4 key priorities for our response, as outlined below.  These priorities will support the changes we need to introduce to our teaching, learning, service delivery and to our campus.  They will continue to be monitored and updated as further guidance becomes available.

Priority 1: Safety & Wellbeing

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors will remain a key priority moving forward.  Please be assured that that all our teams throughout the College are making plans to allow us to start the 2020/21 academic session as safely as possible. 

Part of this transition planning will include the introduction of adaptations to the campus to support strict social distancing and hygiene measures, alongside a limit to the number of individuals on campus at any given time.  In order to manage this, we will introduce a blended learning approach, which will incorporate some limited traditional classroom-based teaching, particularly for practical subjects, as well as remote learning from home for theory-based subjects and courses. 

Priority 2: Communication

Maintaining regular communication with all our students, staff and stakeholders will continue to be critical over the next period and into and beyond the next academic term.  As outlined above, we will be introducing important changes to our college delivery and all 2020-21 students, employers and other stakeholders should be aware of these plans.  We will ensure that everyone is regularly updated through our usual communication channels – please be sure to check the South Lanarkshire College website for regular updates and join our social media channels in order to be kept updated with the latest news. 

Priority 3: Monitoring and Evaluation

We will be guided in our transition planning by the Scottish Government guidance, with a focus on the ‘Route map out of lockdown’ and the ‘Test and Protect Strategy’.  This advice will inform our decision making at all times and we will regularly evaluate the position and review our response in light of the guidance. 

Priority 4: Wraparound Support

Attending college can be both exciting and daunting at any time, and that will be no different during this challenging period.  South Lanarkshire College prides itself on delivering excellence.  We have a great track record of ensuring that our students grow and develop, and progress positively to the next stages of their lives.  We are the highest performing college in Scotland for overall student achievement and best in class for students from deprived backgrounds and from minority ethnic backgrounds.  We provide the local and wider community with the skills and training needed for both personal and economic growth without ever compromising on diversity and inclusion, offering quality opportunities to all learners, regardless of their circumstances.

The current situation does not change any of that – we will continue to provide high quality education and training, alongside excellent support services. 

Our teams are investing significant effort and energy to ensure you receive the best wraparound support possible during your time at college, especially when we are introducing new arrangements for teaching and learning.  We will support you in remote learning through innovative teaching practices online; we will provide funding advice when needed; we will offer emotional support when required; we will assist you with your learning when necessary. 

Access to digital technology and support to address digital poverty is at the forefront of ensuring you are fully supported during your college course.  We are proud of the current support offered to all our students and this will continue into the 2020/21 academic session.

We are delighted to welcome you to South Lanarkshire College.  If you’ve not yet applied for your course, then please visit our online application page at https://www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk/courses/find-a-course/apply-now/ The arrangements outlined above will be subject to change – we will continue to provide frequent communication updates to reflect this. 

We understand you may have further questions regarding topics such as childcare and funding for the new term.  Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information.

Useful Contacts

South Lanarkshire College continues to remain virtually open for business and we’re here to support and assist you throughout your college journey.  Please see below for contact details if you have any questions:

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