Coronavirus

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Updates for students, staff and visitors

Courses will now be delivered online and taught remotely by our lecturing teams.

Students and the public will no longer be able to access college buildings, Thurso campus including ERI, Rural Studies Centre, Tern House and Ballachraggan in Alness, Burghfield House and Ross House in Dornoch.

All of our support services including support, funding, library, IT and admissions are still contactable by email. Please see our contact us section for more information.

Students must continue to monitor their North Highland College UHI email account for all communications and updates. Resources are available to help anyone who is not familiar with some of the online technologies.

 University-wide information can be found at www.uhi.ac.uk/coronavirus

Click here to see our COVID19 - NHC UHI - Risk Assessment

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Contact us! Our teams are working remotely from home and are contactable by email.

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Information for applicants

Information for applicants

We are closely monitoring the ongoing advice and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we can support our current and prospective applicants for September 2020 and beyond.

If you are considering applying or already have an application with us, please be assured that our admissions staff will continue to work hard to process your application and keep in touch with you on progress. Please bear with us however as this may take a bit longer than usual.

Currently all face-to-face interviews have been suspended for applicants, however, we will be in touch with anyone affected to explain the alternative measures being put in place where this is necessary.

Exams have now been cancelled in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as many other countries across the world. We are aware of how unsettling this situation is for all those affected. We are monitoring the processes put in place by the different exam bodies to allow grading and certification to go ahead in the absence of the final exams and will work with this information when it becomes available.

If you have a conditional or receive a conditional offer from us in the coming months relating to exam results, we have been informed that your final grades will come through to us as normal to allow final decisions to be made. There is a small possibility that the final results for some qualifications may change or take longer to process, and if this is the case, we will notify any applicants this affects.

Please rest assured that if you have not achieved the result you hoped for due to the exams being cancelled, we will consider all evidence provided to ensure that you have an opportunity to access education at the appropriate level that gives you the best chance to succeed.  We will keep you informed of any impacts on your application. You can help us by making sure you respond as quickly as possible to offers made and any requests for additional information.

The university is committed to supporting applicants to achieve their ambition and potential and will continue to consider applicants individually, looking beyond grades to do this. We will consider all evidence provided to ensure that applicants have an opportunity to access education at the appropriate level that gives them the best chance to succeed. We are in a unique position because of our network of academic partners to be able to offer our applicants a range of access options to suit their circumstances.

We have had to cancel all scheduled open days and applicant days however we welcome applications for September 2020. Staff are available to answer queries, please use the contact provided in your application acknowledgment or offer letter.

 

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Update: 27th July 2020:  

Completion of 2019/20 Courses

National 5 and Highers 

Estimate results were submitted earlier this year for all students due to sit National 5 or Higher exams.  You will receive your results in the normal way from SQA on 4th August.  The post-results service (previously known as appeals) will be open as normal this year after results are issued.  Please view our process for more details of how to apply.

National 2, National 3, National 4, Skills for Work at SCQF Level 4, Skills for Work at SCQF Level 5, National Progression Awards (NPA), National Certificate (NC), NQ standalone units (not part of a group awards) 

Assessments for many students have now been completed and results issued.  Some students will still have assessments to complete in order to complete their course.  Tutors and PAT’s will liaise with students on an individual basis to make arrangements to complete assessments as restrictions are further relaxed by the Scottish Government.

It is important to continue to keep in touch with your tutors and PATs as they will be able to give you specific details about your course. 

Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma 

Assessments for many students have now been completed and results issued.  Some students will still have assessments to complete in order to complete their course.  Tutors and PAT’s will liaise with students on an individual basis to make arrangements to complete assessments as restrictions are further relaxed by the Scottish Government.

It is important to continue to keep in touch with your tutors and PATs as they will be able to give you specific details about your course. 

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) 

SQA Accreditation regulate all SVQs and the SVQ element of Foundation Apprenticeships offered by awarding bodies in Scotland.  SQA Accreditation have now provided guidance to the awarding bodies (SQA, EAL etc.).  These awarding bodies will now be providing us with further guidance about how we progress SVQ’s on a course by course basis. 

It is important for all students studying SVQ qualifications, either as a full time student or in a work based setting, to keep in touch with their main NHC contact (assessor, PAT or other member of staff) as they will be able to give you specific details about your course and how it will progress.

If you are a work based student and have been furloughed by your employer, please ensure you discuss your situation with your assessor.

Degree 

All Degree students should now be aware of alternative arrangements for their modules. Please see the UHI Website for more information and discuss any concerns with your PAT or Module Leader/Tutor. 

I don't have a laptop or PC at home, how will I keep up with work? 

Firstly, if you are able to safely borrow a laptop/PC from anyone you are in contact with please do.   

If you have absolutely no access to a laptop or PC please consider what learning you are able to undertake through the use of a smartphone, this may be limited but please consider downloading the Brightspace and MyDay apps if you have not already done so. 

Please contact your PAT to discuss outstanding work, workload, and deadlines. The situation will be different for each unit/module, however, it may be possible for you to agree on a different format of completing the assessment with your tutor, for example, handwritten planning and drafts of essays. 

I don't have an internet connection at home, how will I keep up with work? 

Please contact your PAT to discuss outstanding work, workload, and deadlines. The situation will be different for each unit/module however, it may be possible for you to agree on a different format of completing the assessment with your tutor, for example, handwritten planning and drafts of essays. 

I have to share a laptop with my family and can't access classes at scheduled times, what should I do?

Please contact your PAT to discuss your timetable. Please discuss individual classes with your tutor, where virtual teaching is taking place via Brightspace and other online platforms it may be possible to access recordings or to interact with the materials in a different way. 

I've been asked to use Webex, Skype or Brightspace to complete work, how will I access this?   

This page has been updated to provide students and staff with resources helping them access Webex, Skype for Busines, and Brightspace. Please see the top of the page and if you need more assistance, please contact the Unidesk for more advice and help.  

My WiFi is poor, what if it drops out, how will I complete work?  

If you are finding that you are having difficulties with your Wifi, we would recommend you check your broadband speed. Please ensure you are saving your work regularly and if you are concerned about meeting deadlines and assessments due to a poor network or broadband speed, please speak to your PAT for more guidance.  

I want to be able to speak to staff one to one, how can I do this?                   

As all of our teaching has moved to fully online, you can contact lecturers direct through email, Webex or Skype for Business. Our student support team are also available to support students with both funding and curriculum support issues. Please be assured, North Highland College UHI is dedicated to supporting you through your studies at this difficult time but as we make adjustments to how we work, there may be a delay in response times in some instances.  

If North Highland College UHI is closed how will I finish my course? 

Although our campus buildings are closed for staff, students and visitors, we are still very much open but remotely as our services are now provided online. Our curriculum teams are working with the University of the Highlands and Islands, SQA and other awarding bodies to consider how courses will be completed. This will be different for every course. Please ensure that you check emails from your PAT and lecturers for guidance on the steps you need to take.