Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

This dedicated webpage features FAQs to help support our staff, students, parents and stakeholders at this challenging time.

We encourage all staff and students to check this webpage regularly and follow our social media feeds:

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Information and guidance about Coronavirus

Where can I find the latest guidance?

Staff and students are asked to visit and check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:

Public Health Wales
GOV.UK
Guidance for educational settings

Welsh Government guidance for education

Read the latest update from Welsh Government which sets out their plans and actions to ensure our students stay safe and stay learning.

Please see some useful links below:

Current guidance on further education
Current guidance on higher education
Current guidance on work based learning and apprenticeships

Post-16 Learning and Skills: here you will find material that is being produced by Welsh Government in relation to Covid-19 (including the Covid-19 Resilience Plan for the Post-16 sector), and to support distance learning.  

What can I do to help reduce the spread of the virus?

Just like the common cold, the Coronavirus usually occurs through close contact with a person who has the infection or by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands correctly.

There are some simple things that you can do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and look after yourself and those around you. Here are some guidelines to help you:

  • Frequently clean hands by using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue.
  • Make sure your work station i.e. PC/laptop/phone is cleaned appropriately.

Should I self-isolate?

 
Staff or students should be in self-isolation and not attending College if:
  • they have coronavirus (Covid-19) 
  • they have coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. You can also use the NHS Direct Wales symptom checker
  • someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms 
  • they've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111 
  • they've been told to self-isolate by a Public Health Wales test, trace and protect service 
  • they have recently visited a country on the UK Foreign Office quarantine list 
  • they have had direct contact with a person who has had a positive test for Covid-19 (within 2 metres for 15 minutes or within 1 metre for a minute)

Those staff or students who are in self-isolation but are not sick can continue to work from home.

If you are a student and have had a positive test result, you must inform a Student Health Advisor on the campus you are based. They will then contact your tutor.
 
Angela Clark: Tycoch Campus and Llwyn y Bryn Campus
 
Gill Rees: Gorseinon Campus and Jubilee Court
 
If you are a member of staff and have had a positive test result you must inform your line manager immediately before you self-isolate. This should be done as far as possible by phone or through a direct Teams call. A message to HR can be followed up with an email if required. 
 

Information about reopening

An updated message from Mark Jones, Principal (22 September)

Principal Mark Jones reflects on the start of the Autumn term, praising students and staff for their cooperation, and explaining how the College is continuing to ensure health and safety remains the top priority.

As we enter the fourth week of term, it seems a good time to reflect on how things have gone so far at Gower College Swansea.

Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to all our students and staff for their cooperation as we navigate our way through an academic year that is very different to any we've known before. 

Staying together in small course group bubbles, wearing face coverings in communal areas and adhering to the College's new one-way systems and increased hygiene measures has ensured that we've been able to continue delivering face to face teaching for most full time students across the campuses.

​Whereas schools are keeping their pupils together in whole year groups, the College has decided to play things a bit differently by introducing smaller, course contact groups. So if there is a confirmed case of Covid at the College, we would only need to isolate that particular class group.

But we need to stay alert and be flexible and, whatever the future holds, we are confident that disruption to our students will be kept to a minimum.

If the official Welsh Government guidance does change, we have a Plan B already in place which would see students switching to a more blended teaching and learning method, with a combination of face to face and online delivery, which worked really well at the start of the year.

If you are still undecided about what to do this year - and there is a lot to think about we know - you can still talk to our Admissions team. We have spaces available on a range of full time courses including A Levels, catering, engineering, performing arts, public services and business.

Simply email admissions@gcs.ac.uk or contact 01792 284000 to find out more.

Mark Jones
Principal

How will I get to and from the College?

Gorseinon Campus

We operate a dedicated bus service to and from the Gorseinon Campus which is for travel for by College students only.

These buses will operate in accordance with the Covid-19 guidance issued by Welsh Government.

All students will need a bus pass (purchased from the Gorseinon Campus) to travel on the College buses.

The buses will be operating at normal capacity and all students will need to wear face coverings.

  • You should be at your bus stop in the morning 10 minutes before your bus is due to arrive
  • Look for the sign displayed at the front of the vehicle showing its route
  • When the bus is approaching, be sure to hold your hand out to signal to the driver you want them to stop. This is particularly important when you are not at a main bus stop or other bus users are at the stop
  • You must always show your bus pass to the driver, so please have it ready before boarding the bus. If you do not have your pass then you will be refused travel due to track and trace requirements of the College
  • Where necessary, we may from time to time provide a smaller unmarked vehicle to transport you to College
  • Please ensure you wear a face covering on dedicated College buses and if you are traveling on the local public bus services
  • Please practice social distancing wherever possible, such as when waiting at the bus stop, queuing to board the bus, whilst travelling if possible and after alighting.
  • When boarding the bus, fill from the rear of the vehicle first
  • Dedicated College buses will generally operate to normal capacity, but please comply with any signage on board the vehicle which may include marking some seats out of use on some vehicles. Local public bus services open to the general public will be operating to reduced capacities and will display signage advising where to sit
  • Vehicles will be subject to enhanced cleaning regimes, with touch points disinfected after every journey and a full clean at the end of each day
  • Upon arriving at the College each morning, please remain seated until a member of staff instructs you to leave the vehicle and have your pass ready.

Please note that if you are using the Gorseinon Campus bus pass to travel on First Cymru public bus services, you must follow the guidance of that operator in line with the Welsh Government. In particular, it is currently mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport.

Tycoch, Llwyn y Bryn and Jubilee Court campuses

Students travelling to Tycoch, Llwyn y Bryn and Jubilee Court campuses purchase a bus pass from First Cymru which allows access to the First Cymru public transport bus network. Students must travel in accordance with the Welsh Government guidance relating to travel on public transport. In particular, it is currently mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport.

We have been advised by First Cymru that bus timetables have reduced due to the current situation, so please check their website timetable before departing.

In addition, currently due to social distancing rules, First Cymru are only carrying 50% of normal capacity on all of its vehicles, therefore there is a risk that passengers will not be able to board the bus if it is at capacity. Passengers are able to look on the First Bus app where there is a facility which shows the location of the bus on a map and also the number of available seats at any given time.

Some areas (principally the Gower) are not serviced by First Cymru. If you are travelling from these areas you will be able to purchase a bus pass from NAT for travel on their buses. These are also public transport buses and the rules for travel are the same as for First Cymru.

How will you ensure I will be safe when I return to College?

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Gower College Swansea this September.

Your health and safety is our top priority and we have developed comprehensive measures to keep both you and our staff safe during your studies.

This short video will give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive at College.

We are following the latest guidelines from Welsh Government which you can access here.  

Covid 19 Student Code of Conduct

Guidance on face coverings

Following the recent statement by Welsh Government, the College has decided that all staff, students and visitors will now be required to wear face coverings.

This will apply in all communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain (e.g. hallways, stairways or common rooms). It will also apply when using College or public buses.

Face coverings will not be expected to be worn in the classroom as all full time students will be in individual contact groups (bubbles) and all part time students will be social distancing.

While the College aims to provide a limited supply of reusable coverings, students are encouraged to bring and wear their own coverings next week for induction.

Principal Mark Jones said: Keeping our whole College community safe is the number one top priority for us and we hope you understand why we have put these measures in place.

“Once at College, we ask students to follow the guidance that will be given by their tutor during their first class. We will also expect you to know how to safely and hygienically wear face coverings.

“We also expect the highest standards of our students and staff in terms of tolerance and understanding. We embrace everyone, recognising individual needs and this may mean that some individuals are unable to wear face coverings while at College.

“We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to welcoming you to the College next week.”

What if I am exempt from wearing a face covering?

There are exemptions that apply if you are unable to wear a face covering whilst either in College or travelling on College transport.

These exemptions include:

  • Underlying chronic breathing conditions (demonstrate medical exemption)
  • Physical or mental illness, disability or impairment
  • Accompanying someone who relies on lip reading where they need to communicate.

If this applies to you, please let a member of staff know who will then guide you to speak to a Student Health Advisor.

For further information, please contact tom.snelgrove@gcs.ac.uk  

Sports Centre reopening – from Tuesday 1 September

Staff and students

We can confirm that the Sports Centre will reopen for staff and students from Tuesday 1 September.

To ensure the health and safety of all, please note the following changes:

  • There will be limited spaces available due to social distancing
  • You will only be able to use the gym for a maximum of one hour
  • Please bring your own water, there will be no access to water fountains
  • There will be limited shower facilities available.

Members of the public

We can confirm that the Sports Centre will reopen for members of the public from Tuesday 1 September.

To ensure the health and safety for all, please note the following changes (phase one)

  • New opening times:
    Weekdays 6.30am-8.30am and 4pm-10pm (earlier close Friday 9pm)
    Saturdays 8am-4pm
    Sundays 8am -9pm
  • Booking will be required as access is limited due to social distancing
  • You will only be able to use the gym for a maximum of one hour
  • Please bring your own water, there will be no access to water fountains
  • There will be limited shower facilities available.

To book or more information, please contact 01792 284088. Lines open Friday 28 August from 9am-1pm. If you have any further queries, please email sportscentre@gcs.ac.uk

Thank you for supporting us during these unprecedented times, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Sports Centre next week.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please either email info@gcs.ac.uk or contact our main reception line on 01792 284000 and we will direct your question as best we can.

Keeping you safe and well

How can I access staff support?

All College staff have access to our employee assistance programme Health Assured who offer online counselling and a range of webinars on health and wellbeing topics. You can contact them on 0800 030 5182.

We also have a dedicated Moodle page with top tips, advice and videos on how to stay mentally and physically resilient through these times. Just use your normal IT log in to access the page and select the enrol me button.

How can I access student support?

We will be offering wellbeing support remotely including activity of the day and health tip of the day.

On Moodle, you can also access some useful information from external agencies including Info Nation, Cruse, Platform and SCVS.

Moodle home page

For student health support call, 01792 284112 or email

Angela Clarke - 07789 380084
Sam Hood - 07789 397237
Gill Rees - 07789 396143

Student Support Officers are now offering one to one, face to face support sessions. Their offices have been risk assessed to accommodate 2m social distancing. They can be contacted on the following numbers:

Student Support Officer    Mobile
Vicki Wannel 07393 789288
Mo Qasim 07917 136101
Naima Khanom 07768 035787
Tamsyn Oates 07867 135815
Ryan McCarley 07917 352153
Joanne Harris 07946 373455
Ian Billington 07880 089048
Funding Team    Mobile
Hillary Arthur 07500 559123
Bill Jones 07500 559246

Access to the wellbeing portal

Maintaining a positive state of mind and good physical health can be hard when in isolation.

We have a dedicated Moodle page with top tips, advice and videos on how to stay healthy through these times. 

Just use your normal IT log in to access the page and select the enrol me button.

I need to access the counselling service, what should I do?

Exchange counselling is offering face to face counselling in all main campuses. All offices have been risk assessed to ensure 2m social distancing.

You can be referred by a Student Support Officer or you can self-refer using this website: https://www.exchange-counselling.com/new-referral

You can also access online counselling or text messaging support by clicking on the white envelope at the bottom of this webpage.

If you need help due to a bereavement, our Student Support Officers can refer you to the Exchange counselling service. Our Student Health Advisors are also available to offer support.

Cruise can help with:

  • Getting help following the death of someone close
  • Supporting someone who is grieving
  • Coping with grieving in isolation

https://www.cruse.org.uk/

I need to contact a Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding Officers (for full time, part time students and apprentices)  
Ian Billington 07880 089048
Naima Khanom 07768 035787
Vicki Wannell 07393 789238
Ryan McCarley     07917 352153
Ceri Low 07800 614030
Tamsyn Oates 07867 135815
Anne Pitman 01792 284169
Safeguarding Officer (for apprentices only)     
Adele Bubear     07798 822867

You can find more useful numbers here.

You can contact a Safeguarding Officer during normal working hours.

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am-5pm and Friday: 8.30am-4.30pm

If you - or someone you know - is experiencing domestic abuse, there is lots of information on the Welsh Women's Aid website about how you can access support.

Other useful websites are Shelter Cymru, The Dyn Project and the Men's Advice Line.

Safeguarding online: advice for parents/guardians

Given the current circumstances, the likelihood of young people spending a considerable amount of time researching, gaming or communicating online will increase.

The priority for us all is to keep them safe online, prevent harm and safeguard at all times.

Please consider the following when you or your child is online.

Young people should:

  • Know who they are talking to
  • Check if they can access material, play games
  • Protect their online reputation
  • Only open messages from sources they trust
  • Do not give out personal information
  • Do not share images, video of inappropriate material
  • Speak to someone if they feel uncomfortable
  • Understand not everything online is true
  • Block and report people who are trolling
  • Do not give into pressure
  • Think before they post

Parents/guardians should:

  • Monitor who their child is communicating with online
  • Monitor the content and material accessed or downloaded
  • Check content is appropriate
  • Set boundaries and parental controls
  • Discuss their online activity
  • Manage/check privacy settings
  • Know where to find help

You can report any concerns here

Other useful resources

Information for students

What if I’m an international student?

International students who are planning to travel to the UK will need to follow the guidelines as advised by FCDO (the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) on travel.

They should also check which countries are exempt from self-isolation.

It is important to keep checking for updates as the situation is under constant review.

What if I'm a higher education student?

The advice is the same as for other students at the College.

If you are based at Gower College Swansea while studying your course, then please follow our guidelines.

We are working closely with our partner universities and any changes to current arrangements will be communicated as and when required.

The change in delivery method will not impact on your student loan which will pay as normal in April.

Could I be entitled to benefits?

Students' entitlement to benefits needs to be divided into what level of education and which students are entitled to benefits.

This has not been changed by the current situation and coronavirus.

More information is available on the Swansea Council website.

I want to apply for FCF funding, what should I do?

The College’s Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) opened on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Forms are available from Student Services or you can complete the application form online and follow the instructions to submit.

The device you are using will need Acrobat Reader installed to allow you to complete the form.

To download Acrobat Reader onto a mobile device follow this link

Choose Apple Store if you are using an apple device or choose Google Play if you are using an android device.

To download Acrobat Reader onto a PC or MAC follow this link and go through the instructions.

If you need help filling in your FCF form, please refer to our guidance notes.

To speak to a member of the Student Funding Team, please contact 07500 559123 / 07500 559246 or email studentfunding@gcs.ac.uk.

Will the College provide refunds for bus passes?

Yes, the College will provide a partial refund for the unused element of bus passes.

If you are due a partial refund, an email has been sent to your student email account. Please log in to your student email account and follow the instructions provided.

Thank you for your patience.

Applying to higher education institutions

This update includes information about results day, finance, clearing, extra, adjustment and university admissions.

Clearing
Clearing opens on Monday 6 July (final UCAS applications are to be submitted by 30 June). If you have a conditional or unconditional offer, you will have the opportunity to change your choice once you have received your grades.

The self-release into clearing option is in place again this year, along with the adjustment option.  This will be supported by a new service from UCAS called Clearing Plus, which will match applicants not holding offers to relevant courses with vacancies which they may be interested in.

You may have heard that there will be controls on admissions to higher education this year. However, universities will be able to recruit an extra 5% of full time domestic students, above their forecast numbers, in the next academic year. In England, the Government has the discretion to allocate 5,000 additional places for nursing, midwifery, or allied health courses.

Acceptance of offer
If you have accepted an offer, meet the conditions and decide to take the place, nothing has changed.

A Level and vocational results day will remain unchanged: Thursday 13 August.

The deadline for firm and insurance decisions has been extended to Thursday 18 June for all students.

Course fees
Course fees for universities in England remain unchanged for next year. There is yet to be an announcement for Welsh universities.

With regards to student finance, if you have already completed the form but now feel your household income has reduced, it may be worth contacting Student Finance Wales to inform them as you may now be eligible for additional support.

Student Finance Wales have an excellent FAQ page on their website.

UCAS updates
UCAS hold regular live Q&A sessions on Facebook and updates on Twitter.

UCAS extra, for students currently holding no offers, will remain open until Sunday 5 July.

UCAS adjustment, for students who have received results better than they anticipated and therefore wish to apply for a course requiring higher grades, opens on Thursday 13 August.

Studying HE at Gower College Swansea
We offer a range of higher education courses, awarded by leading Universities and delivered in a bespoke University Centre. We have an extremely supportive and interactive approach, with small class sizes. This option could be an ideal opportunity for those students whose learning during this academic year may have been affected.

Application is via UCAS and we currently have places available on all our HE courses. For course advice and guidance please contact our Clearing helpline on 01792 284284.

Further information and advice can be found here

The College also offers bursaries of up to £1,000 per year for full time students.

Summary

The situation is changing regularly, so please keep checking this webpage for further updates.

Please also check your emails and Advisor Track regularly, and any information the College receives will be passed onto your personal tutors.

You can also keep up to date with the latest UCAS guidance here: ucas.com/coronavirus

Information about exams

Changes to results - what does this mean?

Following the announcement of 17 August from Welsh Government, students who have received A Level/AS Level/Welsh Baccalaureate (Skills Challenge Certificate) results this summer from the WJEC will have their grade updated to the grade we submitted to the exam board (Centre Assessed Grade).

In addition, please note:

  • No grade will go down
  • Students with an improved A Level grade based on an AS grade, will still receive the higher grade.

You do not need to apply to do this, our systems will update on eILP (Engage app) when we receive the file from WJEC. We will be in touch with you via text message as soon as we are able to. 

We will be sending CAGs out in next few days and this will be followed up with confirmed official grades from WJEC as soon as they are released.

You will not be able to appeal your Centre Assessed Grade, but you can submit a complaint.

Guidance for AS/A Level and GCSE

AS/A Level and GCSEs are regulated in the UK by different bodies. Here in Wales, all WJEC qualifications are regulated by Qualifications Wales.

As a College we use some other exam boards such as AQA, Eduquas, OCR and Pearson Edexcel to deliver those not offered by WJEC. These are regulated by Ofqual, under the Department for Education in England.

In Wales, where you follow a WJEC subject, your AS grade counts towards your A Level grade, you sit your AS exams in the summer and receive a grade. This grade and the marks awarded for your modules, combined with the A Level modules you sit, gives you your A Level grade at the end of your second year.

AS/A Level and Welsh Baccalaureate results will be issued on Thursday 13 August 2020.

GCSE Results will be issued on Thursday 20 August 2020.

What are Qualifications Wales saying?

Read their letter to students here

WJEC will issue a grade for A Level, AS Level and GCSE.

Grades will be awarded using a range of evidence and a combination of factors, including completed work to date, AS grade and standardised teaching assessments based on what your lecturer would expect you to achieve.

If you are an AS student you will be awarded a grade in summer 2020, this grade will not go forward into your A Level grade. Instead your A Level grade will be based on the A Level units that you sit in summer 2021.

You can sit your AS units in summer 2021 if you want to, if you choose to sit your AS units, the grade you will ultimately achieve for your A Level will be based on the higher of the both options. This will be discussed with you during autumn term.

If you are sitting a linear A Level, it will awarded by one the other awarding bodies such as AQA, Pearson Edexcel, Eduquas or OCR. These A Levels are regulated by Ofqual. In England the AS is a stand-alone qualification, and doesn’t go towards the A Level grade. Students sitting through these boards would sit all of their A Level papers at the end of their second year.

What are Ofqual saying?

Read their letter to students here

A grade will be issued for A Level, AS Level and GCSE.     

Possibility of sitting external exams early in the next academic year or summer 2021.

Grades will be awarded using a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. The exam boards will then combine this with other relevant data including prior attainment, and use this to produce a calculated grade for each student.

Guidance for coursework (AS/A Level)

Following recent guidance, Non Examined Assessments (NEA) are not being moderated externally this summer. 

Your grade will be based on a range of evidence, progress to date and what we would expect you to achieve if your coursework had been complete. 

We would like you to have the opportunity to complete your portfolio work/coursework, so please continue to work to the deadlines set by your lecturers. 

It is important you do not worry if you are having difficulty completing or submitting your work as your lecturers have been assessing your progress since you started the course.

You will not be disadvantaged by this, we would like to give you the opportunity to showcase your completed work if this is possible for you.

How the grading process will work for A/AS Level

In line with the guidance issued by our awarding body regulators, our teaching teams have been asked to grade and rank each student.

To do this, they will be using their professional judgement and taking into account each student’s progress and recorded achievement throughout the year.

This process will then go through a series of approvals and administrative checks before being agreed and signed off by our Principal (Head of Centre). 

It is important that the professional judgements of our teaching teams are as objective and candid as possible to ensure this standardisation. Once submitted, the awarding bodies themselves will also be following a standardisation process.

It is also important that our teaching teams and our Head of Centre are free to make objective judgements and not be subject to any external influence, for example from students or their parents and carers. 

We are also unable to share the centre assessed grade and/or rank position with you.  These must remain confidential as detailed in the letters to students from the regulators.

We appreciate this is an uncertain time for all, but please be assured that this process is fair, rigorous and objective. 

Guidance for vocational courses

All regulators have worked with the vocational awarding bodies to produce a grading mechanism that is fair, robust and will truly reflect the achievement of each student that was due to complete their course this summer. 

We offer our vocational courses through a large number of awarding organisations, who have different assessment approaches. In many cases you will have already completed units and assessments which could provide evidence for your overall grade.

For some courses a calculated grade and rank order has been requested for units not yet completed, for others we have been asked to adapt the assessment. Where your qualification required an adaption, your tutor will have contacted you.

However, there are some qualifications that provide a licence to practice where a calculated or adapted assessment is not possible for all units. If you are required to take an examination, you will be contacted by your tutor and provided with the Covid-19 arrangements that we have put in place.

FAQs from the awarding bodies
Pearson BTEC courses

Please visit our useful links section below for details about the awarding bodies.

Guidance for Access and Agored

Students due to complete an Access to HE course this summer will receive a result. This result will be awarded using a combination of actual grades (where assessments had been submitted prior to 20 March 2020), and calculated grades for all remaining assessments due for submission after 20 March 2020. 

As with other calculated grades, we can’t share these with you at the moment. Access to HE results will be released within the same timelines as previous years to allow timely transfer to UCAS and other higher education providers.

Once moderation and standardisation is complete, you will be able to access your results. Certification will take place after results are transferred to UCAS. Students will be issued with e-certificates.

QAA have produced a document, which you can read here

Read their letter to students here

Results and E certificates can be accessed from Monday 13 July direct from Agored Cymru your tutors will tell you how to do this. 

You can also access your results from the College eilp engage app, or via this link using your network login and password.

Will students be able to appeal their estimated grades?

If a student does not feel their calculated grades reflect their expected performance, they will have the opportunity to appeal or they may choose to sit their assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity (when all centres are operating normally).

Students should be made aware that taking their assessments later may impact their progression to university in September. Also, if a student does not believe the correct process of assessment for the award of the Access to HE Diploma has been followed in their case, they will be able to appeal.

Full details of the appeals process will be made available shortly.

Guidance for Essential Skills Wales and Functional Skills

As announced on Monday 20 April, Essential Skills Wales students due to complete their qualification before the end of July will receive a calculated result.

The result will be based upon the outcome that their tutor/assessor believed they would receive had they taken the tests. These judgements will be subject to strict oversight by the awarding bodies. 

Qualifications Wales has worked closely with Agored Cymru, City & Guilds, Pearson and WJEC to ensure a common approach across awarding bodies.  

In England, Ofqual announced that students due to take assessments for Functional Skills qualifications before the end of the summer will also receive a calculated result.

How do I get my results?

All students will be able to access their exam results from the examination details section on eLIP.

Alternatively, you can log onto the engage app after 8.30am on results day.

If you have any problems logging on, visit this page on the website 

A Level / AS Level / Welsh Baccalaureate and many Level 3 results will issue on Thursday 13 August, after 8.30am.

A Level (excluding AS Level) and Level 3 full time students are welcome to attend Gorseinon or Tycoch Campus to collect their results in person from 9.30am. Please arrive at the main reception areas and you will be signposted where to go.

AS Level and first year Level 3 students can only access their results online.

GCSE and many Level 2 results will issue on Thursday 20 August, after 8.30am.

Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have put this short video together explaining the process for qualifications they operate.

Information for applicants

I’ve applied for a College course, what happens?

Please don’t worry, we are continuing to deal with all College applications and will be in touch to discuss your place shortly.

I’ve applied for College and still haven’t had my offer by email, should I be worried?

Please don’t worry, you should hear from us within two weeks of submitting your application.

To check the status of your application, please email admissions@gcs.ac.uk

What if I don’t get the results I need for my chosen course?

Don’t worry! Our subject/course teams will be on hand after you get your results to advise you if you need to look at other options.

Please be reassured that our experienced and expert staff are best placed to advise you on what you study, and at what level, based on your interests, skills and your aspirations.

You have a place at Gower College Swansea, and our aim is for you to achieve to your full potential while you are with us.

Can I change my mind after I start my course if I don’t like it?

Yes. All of our learners have a personal tutor, who is your first point of contact if you have any issues in College, for example, if you are not enjoying your course.

Many students for example will change their choice of A Level subjects in the first few weeks and some will change from A Level subjects to a vocational course.

You will have the support to make the right choices for you.

I want to apply for a full time course, what should I do?

You can continue to apply for a full time course with us. 

Please complete the full time application form and we will be in touch.

I want to apply for a part time course, what should I do?

We are pleased to announce that enrolment for our part time courses 2020/2021 is now live.

Many of our part time courses are available for online enrolment. Where an interview is required, we are undertaking these over the telephone wherever possible. Please check individual course cards for more information.

Due to Covid-19 and the associated guidelines, students can expect a blended learning approach this year. This may mean that teaching will be a combination of traditional classroom methods and online delivery.

We would like to thank you for your patience this year as we worked to finalise our part time provision for the coming year.

Don’t forget, the College also offers ongoing employability and career support available through our Better Jobs, Better Futures team.

I want to apply for an apprenticeship, what should I do?

You can continue to apply for an apprenticeship with us. 

Interviews, assessment and training will take place remotely online and by phone.

Please complete the apprenticeship application form and we will contact you to discuss further.

I want to apply for a higher education course, what should I do?

Please continue to apply for a full time course via UCAS

For a part time course, you can apply here

If an interview or audition is required for the course, you will be contacted via email to arrange an alternative. This could be via Skype or telephone.

If you have a higher education course enquiry please contact us 

Useful contacts

For full time courses and apprenticeships: admissions@gcs.ac.uk

For part time courses: info@gcs.ac.uk 

For higher education courses: contact us 

For student funding: 07500 55912307500 559246 or email studentfunding@gcs.ac.uk

Information for apprentice employers

Are apprenticeships suspended or postponed for now?

We continue to work with apprentices (including furloughed apprentices) via remote learning. Apprentices can interact with College staff using virtual classrooms and video calls. We can also support through phone and email.

Wherever possible, we will continue with remote/digital assessment, allowing apprentices to complete aspects of their course.

Awarding bodies are currently reviewing if assessment can be adapted in the current circumstances and we await further details on this.

For courses where competence and safety testing cannot be done remotely, e.g. electrical and gas, the delivery time lost due to Coronavirus can be added onto the end of the apprenticeship.

How will progress reviews be undertaken whilst assessors cannot visit the workplace?

Wherever possible, progress reviews will be conducted by video/phone and review forms will be completed through Smart Assessor.

Learners and employers can sign reviews digitally by clicking a link sent by email and logging into Smart Assessor.

If you have not used this method before, your assessor will be in touch. Where this is not possible, we will agree other methods with you.

I am not confident using Smart Assessor or have forgotten my login details

In the first instance, please contact your assessor who can arrange to provide you with further support. They can also reset your Smart Assessor password.

We realise Smart Assessor and remote learning is new to many. We are currently finalising YouTube videos for our employers and apprentices demonstrating how to use it.

I am concerned that my apprentice is struggling at the moment

Whilst College campuses are closed, please contact your assessor by mobile phone/email in the first instance.

We have increased our wellbeing resources for learners which are accessible via the College’s Moodle platform and Smart Assessor.

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your apprentice, please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Adele Bubear on 07798 822867.

We can also provide you with additional support through our learning coaches, other safeguarding officers and refer learners to specialist support as needed.

What happens with the Employer Incentive Scheme during this time?

If we have confirmed that you are a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) employer that is eligible for Welsh Government’s Employer Incentive Scheme, this support still remains in place.

Payments will continue as normal after eight and 12 months from the apprentice’s start date, unless the apprentice has been furloughed prior to the eight month period having elapsed.

In this case, the Employer Incentive Payment will be passed to the employer once the apprentice has returned to employment after furlough.

What financial support is available to me as a business/employer?

The government have established many routes of financial support to assist businesses and employers during this challenging period.

If you’re finding it difficult to keep up with all the latest information, click here to view a useful infographic that illustrates the routes a lot clearer.

The diagram reflects the situation at the time of posting (22/04/2020) – the situation is evolving, so remember to check on government advice as it is updated.

[Source – Urban Foundry]

Useful resources

ACAS Coronavirus advisory webinar for employers.

Travel plans

Are planned overseas trips and visits going ahead?

Due to the current uncertainty and the growth in numbers testing positive for the virus in a relatively short period of time, we believe that the most appropriate action for the College to take is for all overseas trips to be cancelled with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future.

All students will be notified and should speak to the trip’s organiser about how to claim a refund.

Are planned UK trips and visits going ahead?

All UK trips will be cancelled with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future.