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Update 24/07/20

New and prospective students joining us this September

Firstly, if you have not already applied, there is still time to do so. Our friendly team will be on hand to provide information, advice and guidance should you need it. We’ll ensure that there is a place for you at NSCG, on the right course at the right level.

If you have already applied and had your interview, it is important that you confirm your place. If you need further support or advice about the course you have chosen, please contact the faculty team or email info@nscg.ac.uk.

Any learners who applied during the lockdown period will be invited to a welcome event in August, where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from subject staff and have a brief tour of our facilities.

We are planning that course enrolment will commence from 20 August 2020. We write to you a little nearer to the time to confirm the date that you will need to come to college to enrol, and what you’ll need to bring with you.

A Level students: For students on an A Level programme, term will commence on Wednesday 2 September, with a number of compulsory progression activities planned throughout the week, lessons will commence from Monday 7th September.

For all other students term will commence officially during w/c 7th September and you’ll learn more about specific plans for the start of term when you come to your enrolment session. We are continuing to follow Government guidance to help us prepare for the new academic year and are currently planning for multiple scenarios, including full classroom delivery, remote learning and a blended approach.

We understand that this is an unusual and unsettling time for students and some applicants may be feeling apprehensive about their next steps. This is understandable given the circumstances, and we want to reassure you that in choosing NSCG, you have chosen a college rated ‘Outstanding’ for the support it provides students. We will be on hand to support your transition from school to college, with a warm and friendly welcome and detailed induction plans to make sure you find your feet and get your learning back on track.

Curriculum teams have already been in touch with most applicants to set summer work, answer queries and ensure new students feel as prepared as possible for college life, and further resources and welcome videos will be available to all applicants in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on your emails and our social media pages for further details.

In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the summer and we look forward to welcoming you to NSCG in September.


Update 27/03/20

NEW STUDENTS WHO WILL BE JOINING US IN SEPTEMBER

We are really looking forward to welcoming new students to the NSCG family in September, however the current situation means that we cannot deal with applications and introductions to the College in the way we normally would.

If you have already applied, had your interview and accepted a place you will receive further communication from us in due course about potential experience events and enrolment.

If you have applied and not yet had your interview, please be assured that we are arranging for our faculty staff to contact you to conduct a short telephone interview. This will be an informal discussion and an opportunity for us to discuss your preferred area of study and future career ambitions. You will also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you have about life at NSCG.

If you have not yet applied but are looking to study at NSCG in September, it is not too late. We will continue to process all online applications received via our website www.nscg.ac.uk, however please bear with us as we may not be able to respond to you as quickly as we would do normally.

We understand that these are uncertain times and would like to reassure you that our team will be on hand to support your transition to college. If you have any questions or queries about studying at NSCG, or if you would like to discuss your application further, you can reach our Information Point team at:

Newcastle campus: info.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk

Stafford campus: info.stafford@nscg.ac.uk

In the meantime, please take some time to really get to know us well. You can like Newcastle College or Stafford College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also keep up-to-date with news and updates from NSCG by checking out our website www.nscg.ac.uk


EXPERIENCE DAYS

Every year we normally hold a ‘NSCG Experience Event’ at Stafford College where applicants are invited to come and experience life at NSCG. This year's event was due to take place on Tuesday 23 June but unfortunately, this event now won’t be taking place.

However you can rest assured that although the events will not be taking place, we will still be doing everything we can to support your progression to College and help you settle in as quickly as possible.


ENROLMENT DAYS

We are planning to commence enrolment from Thursday 20 August, and will be in touch with you again with further details nearer to the time. However, we are continuing to pay close attention to guidance from the Government and we’ll update you as soon as we can if there will be any changes to the process.


I've changed my mind on the course(s) I want to study. What should I do?

Don’t worry, it’s fine to change your mind. Just get in touch with us, stating your name, date of birth, address and course you’ve applied, by sending an email to info.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle Campus) or info.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford Campus).


GOV.UK UPDATE 03/04/20: How GCSEs & A levels will be awarded

Schools and colleges must provide a grade and rank for each student in each subject

Schools and colleges will be asked to provide a centre-assessment grade for each learner. This will be the grade that each pupil is most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams, and will be based on evidence held by schools and colleges and reviewed by subject teachers and heads of department.

Ofqual expect results will be available no later than the usual dates in August, but potentially earlier.

What will grades be based on?

Exam boards will be contacting schools, colleges and other exam centres after Easter asking them to submit, by a deadline that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020, the following:

  • A centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Judgements should balance different sources of evidence such as:
    • classwork
    • bookwork
    • any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE
    • any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
    • the results of any assignments or mock exams
    • previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications
    • any other records of student performance over the course of study
  • The rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges
  • A declaration from the Head of Centre making the submission

What will exam boards do?

Exam boards will use a statistical model being developed by Ofqual to standardise grades across centres in each subject.

The model will combine a range of evidence, including expected grade distributions at national level, schools’ and colleges’ results in previous years and the prior attainment of students at school and college level.

Will there be an opportunity to take exams this year if I'm unhappy with my grade?

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND THE CANCELLATION OF GCSES IN 2020

Did exams need to be cancelled?

From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Will all students get their predicted grade?

No, we know that simply using predicted grades would not be fair to all students. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades.

Will schools be using mock exam results as a barometer for results?

Mock exam results will be one of the pieces of evidence that will be taken into account in this process, alongside other factors. Ofqual will ensure schools are provided with clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly.

Will Colleges accept these calculated grades?

The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.

What if I am unhappy with my grade?

We will work closely with Ofqual and awarding organisations to ensure candidates are awarded a fair grade that recognises the work they have put in. If a student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

Will there be an opportunity to take exams this year if I'm unhappy with my grade?

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible.

Might the exams be reinstated if the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not as bad as expected?

No, the decision has been taken to cancel all exams this summer.

A full list of FAQ can be found on the GOV.UK website here.


USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION

Student Services

For General Student Services enquiries including Additional Learning Support.

Email help.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle Students)

Email help.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford Students)

Telephone 01782 254188

Text or call 07785724961

Student Finance Enquiries

studentfinanceteam@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford and Newcastle Students)

Telephone 01782 254188

Text or call 07785724961

For Safeguarding or Welfare Concerns

Telephone 01782 254249 (Newcastle and Stafford Students)

Text or call 079190218684 (Newcastle) OR 07860927831 (Stafford)

Apprenticeships

Email apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

Text or call 07989719098 (Newcastle) OR 07785280942 (Stafford)

Schools Liaison

Email schools.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle College enquiries)

Email schools.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford College enquiries)

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