New Students

Now that enrolment and induction is nearly complete, you are no doubt eagerly awaiting the start of college! This section of the website will continue to be a hub of information for you as you navigate your first few weeks of college in these unprecedented times.

Thank you to everyone for attending your induction session between 2nd and 4th September. We hope you found the experience valuable and enjoyed meeting your Progress Tutor and some of your fellow students!

Having been away from school for several months, it must be a daunting experience for some of you to start college, but we hope the enrolment and induction process has helped ease your fears and anxieties and that you are now looking forward to learning in a new college environment.

If you were not able to attend your induction, please check your college email for further information about this.

What next?

Bursary application

If you haven’t yet applied for your bursary, click here to find out more and whether you are eligible to apply.

Travelling to College

Restrictions due to coronavirus means that the safest, and healthiest, way for you to travel to college is to walk or cycle; we have plenty of secure bike storage facilities on site. However, if you need to use public transport don’t forget to apply for free travel within Greater Manchester with OurPass. Not only do you get free bus travel, and reduced off-peak tram fares, there is a host of other offers that you can benefit from, so don’t delay and apply now!

If you must travel in by car …….

Transport for Greater Manchester have put together a really useful Travel Information Pack for students attending college from September. Please click here to read it. You can visit to find out more.

Get organised

At your induction you will have been given your Student Diary and Student ID badge and lanyard. You should read all the important information contained within the student diary and use it to stay organised. You must wear your Student ID badge at all times on site, so don’t forget this, and your face covering, whenever you are in college.

If you haven’t already, download the Google apps that you’ll need for your virtual lessons. Please click here for more information.

Don’t forget to look at our Top Tips for starting college – they really are helpful!

Login to Cedar and familiarise yourself with how to find your timetable, etc.

Start of term

In addition to the national guidance on staying safe, these local restrictions are also in place at the time of writing, which reinforce the importance of people not mixing with anyone from outside their household or support bubble. This does not mean that you cannot attend college, but it is vital that everyone follows the measures in place to keep everyone safe.

  • Do not attend college if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, as detailed here.
  • Follow the guidance in the above link and get a test from a local testing site as soon as possible. Details for booking a test are in this link .
  • You must let us know that you have symptoms and are getting a test, and inform us of your test result asap . We are required to follow this up with the local Public Health team. Please do this by phoning college on 0161 287 8000 and letting the Student Services team know your test outcome, along with details of who your Progress Tutor is, so that we can follow this up for you.
  • Ensure you follow the self-isolation rules if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a positive test result. You will be able to study remotely if you are well enough to do so. You must not breach the guidelines and attend college when you should be self-isolating.
  • You may be contacted by Test and Trace in relation to your own or others’ symptoms. It is important we all follow the guidance given by the Test and Trace team.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, more regularly than usual, following the guidelines displayed around the college site, alongside regular use of hand sanitiser.
  • Ensure you have good basic respiratory hygiene, following the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ advice here . All classrooms will have sanitiser and tissues available.

Remote and on site learning

As you know, learning will be a balance of face to face and virtual until at least October. Our aim is that as soon as we can do so safely, you will be in college full time.

Your year group will be split into A and B for the first two weeks of term to enable you to be in smaller classes to adjust to your new college and new subjects.

Surnames A-K will be Cohort A and surnames L-Z will be Cohort B.

Week commencing How will I be learning?
7th September Cohort A in college: Mon, Tue, Wed am

Cohort B in college: Wed pm, Thurs, Fri

14th September Cohort B in college: Mon, Tue, Wed am

Cohort A in college: Wed pm, Thurs, Fri

21st September Virtual learning week for all Year 12 students, via Google Meet
28th September All Year 12 students to be in college
At this point, we will ensure you have details for the remainder of the half term, based on the latest advice and guidance both nationally and for Oldham.


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