Friday 12th June 2020

St Helens College: Preparation for Re-Opening

Following the release of further guidance from the Government on 29th May regarding Further Education (FE) colleges preparing for a wider opening of campuses in June, we have been making the necessary changes to ensure a safe and controlled return for our students.

The expectation from the Government is that colleges should be able to offer some face-to-face support and contact for some groups of students, in addition to the provision that has continued to be offered for pre-identified priority groups.

Since this time, we have been working hard to make the necessary changes to our estates and classrooms to create a clean, safe and protected environment that is as reasonably possible in these uncertain times. We have made the required adaptations to ensure social distancing, and have introduced additional hygiene measures, ensuring that all Government guidelines have been adhered to.

We are very pleased to be able to start to welcome back students to our campuses from 15th June, albeit on much reduced numbers and cohorts.

Currently, this return for students is restricted to the following groups:

  • First-year A level students studying at the St Helens Town Centre Campus
  • Foundation Learning students studying at the Stockbridge Lane Campus in Knowsley
  • In addition to this, the College has been planning for learners of all ages, including apprentices, whose assessments have been deferred (typically where they involve a license to practice) to return to the College to complete any assessments that the relevant awarding body insist can only be completed on-site. The College is currently finalising this list and will publish the details shortly.

I am a first-year A level student, what should I do now?

You do not need to do anything at the moment. A member of the A level team will contact you to discuss your preference and personal circumstances regarding face-to-face support. As returning to college at this point in time is not compulsory for you, we can continue to support you and deliver your qualifications remotely if this is suitable.

I am a Supported Learning student, what should I do now?

You do not need to do anything at the moment. A member of the Supported Learning team will contact you to discuss your personal circumstances and preferences about returning to College. As returning to College at this point in time is not compulsory for you, we will continue to support you in the best way possible during this period of lockdown easing.

I am not an A level or Supported Learning student, what should I do now?

If you are not expected to complete your current qualification this Summer, you do not need to do anything at the moment. Your tutors will continue to support you remotely for now, and we will contact you shortly to provide further information about returning to College in September.

If you are expected to complete your qualification this Summer, your tutors will have been supporting you with providing any work and evidence required to complete your assessment.

Over recent weeks, the College has been receiving information from the various awarding bodies we use, detailing how we will complete and grade the qualifications that you have undertaken this year.

As each awarding body and qualification is different, your tutor will contact you to discuss the process, and to support you with any pieces of evidence that may still be required to complete this process. You can also contact them if you have any concerns about this process.

I am an apprentice, what do I need to do?

As an apprentice, you will have been supported by your assessor during this time and will have already received information on how you are progressing with your qualifications.

If you are not due to complete your apprenticeship this Summer, you do not need to do anything at this time. Your assessors will continue to support you remotely and will provide information on what you need to do to continue your studies. We will contact you in due course to make arrangements about returning to College.

If the planned end date for your apprenticeship is before September 2020 and you expect to be completing your assessments in the coming weeks and months, you should have been provided with advice and support from your assessor on what you will need to do to finish your qualifications.

If you are unsure or have any concerns about any elements of your apprenticeship including being furloughed or if you feel you may be at risk of redundancy, please contact your assessor, or you can contact the Apprenticeship Manager for further support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I have passed my qualification?

All qualifications are being managed in different ways by the different awarding bodies. Your tutors will have already discussed with you what you need to do to ensure all necessary work, evidence or assessments have been completed. If you have any concerns about this, please contact your tutor.

For more information regarding exams, assessments, and results, please visit the relevant dedicated page below:  
More information will follow as we continue to receive updates from awarding bodies.

How will I be notified of my qualification results?

The Government has confirmed that A level and GCSE results will be announced in August on the already published dates of Thursday 13th August (A levels) and Thursday 20th August (GCSEs).

The College is currently planning how to make these results available to students in a safe and controlled way, and more information will be available on this shortly.

For all other qualifications, your tutor will be able to advise you on the process for receiving your results, and we will update this page as these details become available.

How do I enrol? What is the process?

Once you have applied to study with us and have received your confirmation of a place, or if you are returning to complete the next stage of study with us, the next step is enrolling.

At the moment, we are working on making our enrolment process safe, controlled and in most cases, an online experience for most of our applicants.

We are currently developing our systems so that you will be able to receive advice and guidance, ask any questions and secure your place on your chosen course by completing your enrolment from the comfort and safety of your own home.

More information will follow, however, we anticipate that all school leavers and returning students, under the age of 19, will participate in a virtual enrolment and advice and guidance process.

For our adult and higher education applicants, aged 19 and over, we may facilitate a mixture of online and smaller, individualised face-to-face enrolments.

We will update this section and provide more details as soon as they become available.

I am still unsure of what I want to study in September, what do I do?

We have two friendly Careers Advisers, who are more than happy to have a chat with you about your next steps. You can contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Margaret at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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