We realise these are very challenging times for you all and we will do our utmost to help and support you through these difficult times. From Monday 23rd March, we closed all college buildings, except to our most vulnerable students, and have moved to online teaching. On this page, you will find information and resources linked to your continued learning and support. You can also access tips, links and resources to help with your health and wellbeing by clicking here.
What should I be studying during this period of college closure?
You should be completing the online work that is being set for you by your teachers. Well done to everyone who has been doing this. There has been a brilliant student response so far. We would like to encourage everyone to engage with the work that we are setting.
Why is it important for me to continue completing the work being set:
There are a number of good reasons for this:
- We want you to complete the courses that you have been studying irrespective of whether they are being examined in the summer. Learning isn’t just about exams and grades.
- Studying is good for your wellbeing. It is really important to be busy and purposeful.
- The work and skills that you are developing help you in the future, both in work and/or university.
- The exam boards are planning exams in the autumn of 2020 and the summer of 2021 for A Level students. This online work will help you if you are in Year 13 and decide to sit A Level exams at some point in the future.
- For Year 12 AS students, the work that you are being asked to do will be essential for your A Level examinations.
- We are now looking at Year 12 to Year 13 progression, so engaging in the online work will help give us an indication of your commitment.
- For vocational students, the assignments that you are working on may well help to determine your final grade.
- For Level 2 students, the work that we are asking you to do may well help you to get the vital pass grades that you need.
I’m having problems logging on to complete my online work.
If you are experiencing technical problems, please e-mail the IT Helpdesk on ITHelp@osfc.ac.uk, giving your name and Student ID, a brief description of the problem and your contact details so they can get back to you to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
I need some help using Google Classroom and G-Suite to complete the online work
We have a dedicated site offering you advice and handy tips on using G-Suite, including Classroom and G-Drive. The site will be added to throughout the college closure period so keep revisiting it if you need help. You’ll also be able to complete a form on the site if you have a question that is not addressed or if you want to let us know of anything else that you may find useful to have on there. Click here to visit the site.
How can I continue to access Careers Advice and Guidance?
You still have continued access to our fantastic careers advice and guidance. In these uncertain times, you may be concerned about the future, but we are here to help, guide and support you. You can continue to contact our Careers Advisers on these contact details: Kevin on 07932781034 and Janet Murphy on 07392763536.
Year 13 students:
- Please make sure, if you can, that you have made your final choices, if you have applied to Higher Education.
- Find the time to apply for your HE finance as soon as possible.
- Why not email the HE department that you hope to join in the autumn and ask for some recommended reading or topics to consider? Get your name known with them!
Careers can support you with:
- Preparing for university interviews – some universities are still going ahead with these via Skype, Facetime, Zoom etc.
- You can still submit a late UCAS application, please let us know if you intend to do this so that we can support you with this
- Support with applying for Apprenticeships/Jobs – Lots of employers are still going ahead with their recruitment.
- If you are still unsure about what you will do after Year 13.
- Student Finance – However for expert advice please call the student finance helpline on 0300 100 0607.
- Advice around confirming Firm and Insurance Choices.
- What to do if you have no offers.
- UCAS Extra, Clearing and Gap Years.
Year 12 students:
Careers can support you with:
- Getting career ideas together.
- Any questions about university, types of degree, sandwich courses etc.
- Student Finance – Tuition Fee & Maintenance Loans, how it’s repaid etc.
- Personal Statements.
- What are Degree/Higher Apprenticeships?