Coronavirus

Latest updates at a glance

  • We are still operating a normal teaching timetable but all learning is taking place remotely subject to Government instructions.
  • Following the latest Government announcement that schools and colleges will return to face to face delivery as from 8th March, the College is currently working on a return plan to enable those students who are required to undertake exams and formal assessments to be prioritised. Tutors will advise their students when they will be required to attend lessons.
  • The college's risk assessment for lateral testing can be viewed here.
  • The college's Remote Learning Offer can be read here.
  • The majority of exams for this term will be cancelled. Further clarification can be viewed below, under the update from 6th January 2021.

Update: 26 February 2021 - 8TH MARCH RETURN TO COLLEGE

Following the latest Government announcement that schools and colleges will return to face to face delivery as from 8th March, the College is currently working on a return plan to enable those students who are required to undertake exams and formal assessments to be prioritised. Tutors will advise their students when they will be required to attend lessons.

 

Update: 25 February 2021

Read the college's COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement here.

Update: 19 January 2021

Read the college's risk assessment for lateral testing here.

Update: 6 January 2021

Despite the lockdown, we are still operating a normal teaching timetable but all learning is happening remotely. Students will be advised of any changes to timetables. Read Central Bedfordshire College's Remote Learning Offer here.

Vocational exams during this half term

The Government announced on the 5th January 2021 that colleges can decide whether exams ought to go ahead or not during the current period of lockdown, until February half term (w/c 15th February 2021). The College has considered in detail whether it is possible to run these exams safely for students, invigilators and teachers and whether any student or a group of students would be disadvantaged by not completing them. The guiding principle for the College is that students must not be disadvantaged, including the considerable additional emotional and mental pressure as well as the safety of students and staff. For this reason, we have decided that the majority of exams for this term will be cancelled.  For further clarification of the BTEC exams that are cancelled, please see the table below for the list:

Course Code

Title

1111320-F1MA

BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (2YRS - 2020 START) Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign

1110719-F2MA

APPLIED SCIENCE LEVEL 3 BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA EDEXCEL (YR2)

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

2830420-F1MA

ENGINEERING FOUNDATION BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EDEXCEL

1111320-F1MA

BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (2YRS - 2020 START) UNIT 3 : PERSONAL AND BUSINESS FINANCE

2831020-F1MA

 ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

1110720-F1MA

APPLIED SCIENCE BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEVEL 3 DIPOMA EDEXCEL (YR1) UNIT 1; BIOLOGY

2830420-F1MA

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP A

2100320-F1MA

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR1) UNIT 3: ANIMAL WELFARE AND ETHICS

2520320-F1MA

BEAUTY THERAPY MASSAGE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA VTCT PAPER 1

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP B

2100320-F1MA

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR1) UNIT 2: ANIMAL BIOLOGY

However, please note that the College has decided to go ahead with the following exams, as previously planned, with enhanced Covid-19 safety arrangements in place as this is considered to be more advantageous for learners:

Course Code

Title

2821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

2821320-F1MA-B

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

2821220-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE PEARSON

2820520-F1MA

COMPUTING FOUNDATION BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EDEXCEL

 

All AAT courses

With regard to GCSE summer exams in English and Maths, the Department for Education have confirmed that they are not going ahead.

Whilst we continue to monitor further guidance from the Government, it is absolutely essential that all learners continue to attend their remote learning sessions and continue their learning so that they can progress as normal.

Moving forward, as the Government issues further guidance and any other changes, we will communicate them with you via the College’s website at https://www.centralbeds.ac.uk/coronavirus

 

Update: 4 January 2021

UPDATE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON 4TH JANUARY: Exams are still going ahead this week as planned. All other learning will take place remotely for the foreseeable future and until further notice.

 

Update: 3 January 2021

Please see below the new arrangements for the weeks commencing 4th & 11th January 2021, in line with the most recently issued guidance by the Government. These arrangements will remain in place subject to last minute changes as a result of any new guidance. We are keeping up to date with new advice and will change arrangements should it prove to be necessary.

  • Curriculum:
    • All national exams will go ahead as normal, see full list at the end of this note.
    • All on-demand exams are postponed until further notice, see full list at the end of this note.
    • All your lessons, including English and Maths, will take place remotely as per your normal timetables from 5th – 15th January 2021.
  • Laptops and other essential equipment:
    • If you had informed us previously of your need for a laptop and/or dongle, you will be contacted by your Learning Area Manager or Learning Area Lead for your date/time slot to come to the Dunstable site to collect one.
  • Note to all students:
    • Please check your emails and MSTeams messages, morning, midday and last thing in the day every day from Monday 4th January until Friday 15th January inclusive. This is a precautionary measure in case the Government changes the guidance at short notice and/or to keep up to date with your teachers’ messages.
    • If you are formally shielding, you will need to inform your teachers and student services.
    • Normal Covid-19 reporting for students will need to continue as per usual.
    • It is planned that only the Dunstable site will be accessible to staff and students. All other sites are not accessible.

I wish you the best for you and your loved ones for 2021 and beyond.

 

List of exams that are going ahead:

 

Exam Date

Course Code

Course and exam name

Time of exam

05/01/2021

2821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

09:30

06/01/2021

1111320-F1MA

BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (2YRS - 2020 START) Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign

09:30

06/01/2021

2821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 4: Software Design and Development Project

10:30

06/01/2021

2821320-F1MA-B

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

13:30

07/01/2021

2821320-F1MA-A

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

09:30

07/01/2021

110719-F2MA

L3 Applied Science

10:00

07/01/2021

1110719-F2MA

APPLIED SCIENCE LEVEL 3 BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA EDEXCEL (YR2)

10:00

07/01/2021

2821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 4: Software Design and Development Project

10:30

08/01/2021

821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2) Unit 4: Software Design and Development Project

09:30

11/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

2831020-F1MA: ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

09:30

11/01/2021

2830420-F1MA

ENGINEERING FOUNDATION BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EDEXCEL

09:30

11/01/2021

1110719-F2MA

APPLIED SCIENCE LEVEL 3 BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA EDEXCEL (YR2) 31629H PART B

13:30

11/01/2021

2831020-F1MA-A

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

13:30

12/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

09:30

12/01/2021

1111320-F1MA

BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (2YRS - 2020 START) UNIT 3 : PERSONAL AND BUSINESS FINANCE

09:30

12/01/2021

2821320-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

09:30

12/01/2021

1111320-F1MA

BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (2YRS - 2020 START) UNIT 3 : PERSONAL AND BUSINESS FINANCE

09:30

12/01/2021

2821420-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

12:00

12/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

13:30

12/01/2021

1110720-F1MA

APPLIED SCIENCE BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEVEL 3 DIPOMA EDEXCEL (YR1) UNIT 1; BIOLOGY

13:30

12/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP A

14:30

13/01/2021

2100320-F1MA

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR1) UNIT 3: ANIMAL WELFARE AND ETHICS

09:30

13/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

09:30

13/01/2021

2520320-F1MA

BEAUTY THERAPY MASSAGE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA VTCT PAPER 1

09:30

13/01/2021

1110720-F1MA

APPLIED SCIENCE BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEVEL 3 DIPOMA EDEXCEL (YR1) UNIT 1; CHEMISTRY

09:30

13/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP B

10:30

13/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

13:30

13/01/2021

1110720-F1MA

APPLIED SCIENCE BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEVEL 3 DIPOMA EDEXCEL (YR1) UNIT 1; PHYSICS

13:30

13/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP A

14:30

14/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

09:30

14/01/2021

2520320-F1MA

BEAUTY THERAPY MASSAGE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA VTCT PAPER 2

09:30

14/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP A

09:30

14/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

13:30

14/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP B

13:30

15/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2)

09:30

15/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP A

09:30

15/01/2021

2100320-F1MA

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR1) UNIT 2: ANIMAL BIOLOGY

09:30

15/01/2021

2831020-F1MA

ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA PEARSON (YR2

13:30

15/01/2021

2821220-F1MA

COMPUTING BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE PEARSON

13:30

15/01/2021

2820520-F1MA

COMPUTING FOUNDATION BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EDEXCEL

13:30

15/01/2021

 

YR 1 ENGINEERING GROUP B

13:30

 

List of Exams postponed until further notice

Exam Date

Course Code

Course and exam name

Time of exam

06/01/2021

1614820-E1KA

PLUMBING STUDIES LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA C&G (EVE)

18:00 and 19:00

07/01/2021

VTCT Beauty

INFECTION PREVENTION

14:00

14/01/2021

 

LEVEL 2 RESITS- BOOKKEEPING TRANSACTIONS (AAT)

14:00

 

 

Update: 2 November 2020

In light of the recent lockdown announcement and line with official government guidance, the College will continue to operate as normal. We will continue to review the situation and provide updates as soon as we are able to.

All Central Bedfordshire College campuses open under covid-secure plans

Our students are at the heart of our community and during these strange and uncertain times, here at Central Bedfordshire College we are doing everything we can to support and help students achieve their dreams in a safe environment.

We are now open and ready for the new academic year. We have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure your safety as a student, staff or visitor. This includes safe social distancing whilst on-site, sanitisation stations throughout the campus and limiting the number of visitors on campus to those necessary.

Watch our Digital Welcome Pack to find out more. 

 

September 2020 onwards

Our campuses are open and in operation in accordance with government guidelines. As part of our planning to ensure your learning is undisrupted and you recieve the high-quality and safe education we are known to provide, we have:

  • Developed a covid-secure enrolment process to ensure your safety at all times
  • Considered flexible timetabling – including models which maximise blended learning (should this become a requirement) 
  • Produced alternative plans so we are quickly able to respond to government guidance which we expect to change at various times throughout the year
  • Ensured students have access to IT at home
  • Invested further in our virtual learning systems and materials

We are conscious that college is very much a time to make new friends, that our events, freshers' fairs, trips, employer events, enrichment, tutorials and guest speakers are very much part of what makes your time at college an enjoyable and rounded experience.nWe are working hard to ensure you have access to these.

 

Information for current students

  • Yes, all of our teams are now back on campus and fully accessible (whilst observing social distancing, face-to-face appointments may be limited).

    If you need to contact our Student Services Team, go to the recepiton desk at any campus or call: 01582 477 776.

    You can access our careers team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. They're based in the LRC at our Dunstable campus, but also based one day a week at our other campuses. Email them to find out more and to arrange a meeting.

  • If you feel unwell, please notify your tutor.

    If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you must self-isolate for 10 days as per Government guidelines. You must also arrange to have a test to confirm whether you have the virus or not. This can be done via the NHS website.

    If your symptoms do not improve after 10 days, you must contact the NHS non-emergency team by calling 111.

  • Tutors can be reached via your college email.

  • The latest guidance for colleges is that face coverings are mandatory in public areas (all areas excluding teaching spaces), in geographies/areas with high rates of infection. We are not operating in an area of high infection rate such as Leicester. Therefore, guidance remains that face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory. If you choose to wear a face mask/covering, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and after taking them off. Face masks should only cover the mouth and nose.

Information for Central Bedfordshire College applicants

  • Yes, we are still accepting online applications for our courses. With the GCSE grading situation having left many uncertain about what their next steps will be, we will guarantee a place on a course for all applicants. And though this might sometimes mean ending up on a different level or even course to the one you’ve applied to, we will absolutely help you begin your journey towards your dream career

    Our Admissions Team will process your application and you will receive email confirmation of your place.

    You may be contacted via telephone by a course tutor to discuss your application. Once the college is open you will be invited for a tour and meet the tutor of your chosen course.

  • You can have a tour of the building by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can book you in for a time and date that is suited to you. Please bear in mind that with social distancing mandatory, group tours may be impacted and limited, or unavailable. 

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    Of course!

    Email our Admissions Team and they will be in touch with the new details for the course that you want to study.

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