Updated 14/07/2020

We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students in September 2020.

To maintain social distancing, Wirral Met College will be supporting students with a blending learning approach, which will include practical sessions in College, online/remote learning from home including tutorials, resources on the student Virtual Campus, and bookable places in the College library for those students who do not have access to WiFi at home. Please read the FAQs below for further details.

If you are applying for a place in September, please apply online and we will be in touch soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Wirral Met College doing to keep students and staff safe during the Coronavirus pandemic?

    Covid-19 FAQs - Keeping You Safe

    Wirral Met College is committed to doing its utmost to protect students and staff and to keep them safe. The College is taking a number of protective measures which include:

    1. Providing mandatory, detailed Covid-19 training for staff and students on social distancing and protective measures.

    2. Ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms (or who have someone in their household who does) do not attend College.

    3. Providing guidance and reminders to students and staff on washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and the use of hand sanitiser gel: hand sanitiser gel dispensers are available on every floor of each campus.

    4. Restricting access to visitors to College who are not students or staff.

    5. Ensuring one direction of travel along corridors and stairways in each campus.

    6. Ensuring there is increased cleaning on all campuses across communal areas, classrooms, toilets and staff rooms.

    7. Updating our ways of supporting teaching and learning:
      a. Reduced numbers of students on campus to facilitate social distancing. 
      b. New timetables will include staggered start and finish times with staggered breaks.
      c. Blended learning will include practical sessions in College, online/remote learning from home including tutorials, resources on the student virtual campus, and book-able places in the College library for those students who do not have access to wifi at home.
      d. Development of students’ digital skills to help them study safely and effectively online.
      e. Staff to use personal protective equipment (PPE) for students with special educational needs or disabilities, as appropriate.

    8. Providing mental health support via:
      i. Access to Pastoral Support Mentors
      ii. Online resources and links through the student virtual campus
      iii. Encouraging young people to identify their own self-care strategies

    9. Working with employers to support the safe working of apprentices in their workplace.
  • When will I get my assessment grades for my qualification?

    We are aware that students are keen to know how their assessment grades will be decided following the Government’s announcement that there will be no exams or formal assessments taking place for the majority of students due to Covid-19 and social distancing/self-isolation. We can confirm that it will be the Awarding Bodies such as Pearson or City & Guilds which will be determining the grades for student achievements. Wirral Met College will be providing the Awarding bodies with a range of evidence including in-class assessments, mock test results and other assessment activities that students have completed in College and remotely during Term 3. Where qualifications directly signal occupational competence, or function as a licence to practise, there may be no option but to wait until normal assessments can take place again. The awarding bodies in those areas, such as EAL, IMI will advise the college in due course.

    Results will be published by the Awarding Bodies by the end of the academic year and on GCSE Results day. Please note, your tutor will not know the final grades until the official results day.

  • Can I still apply for a course at Wirral Met?

    16-18 courses

    If you are aged 16-18, you are guaranteed a place on a course at Wirral Met for September 2020 (providing we can meet your individual support needs).

    Our online applications are still open for those students who are yet to apply for a course at College, or students who are looking to expand their progression options. For those students who have not yet attended an interview or received a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at Wirral Met, we will be in touch with you shortly.

    If you’ve received an offer for a place on a Wirral Met course, we’ll be in touch shortly to help you complete your enrolment online. To discuss your course offer, fill in the online enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

    19+/adult courses 

    You can apply now for a place on a course starting September 2020. If you need help choosing the right course, or you would like to find out more about the financial support available, please complete our online enquiry form.

    If you have already applied, don’t worry, we will get in touch with you soon to provide more information about your application and enrolment.

The wellbeing of our students, staff and the safety of our community is our main concern. Please be assured that we are following all guidelines set by the Government and Public Health England. Please remain alert to Public Health England advice, which can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Our Advisory Service will be available for Information, Advice and Guidance for the public online via our online enquiry form and live chat facility.

Student FAQs

  •  Can I receive my course timetable?

    We are working hard to ensure that we follow all Government guidelines to make sure we keep students and staff safe when they return and all advice on social distancing will be followed.

    Because the government is still developing plans to lift lockdown in the UK we have not yet finalised the timetable. Please rest assured we will contact you as soon as we can with your outline timetable.

  • How should I travel to College from September?

    If possible, please travel to College by walking, cycling or by car, to avoid using public transport. If you do need to use public transport, please remember it is now mandatory to wear a face covering during your journey.

    Please ensure that you wear your College ID badge with the photo facing forwards whenever you are on campus and that it can be seen at all times.

    Students should only attend College on the days and times confirmed on their course timetables. Students who turn up to College, who have not been asked to do so will be sent home immediately.

    Once your lessons have finished, you must leave the campus immediately, as directed by your tutor.

  • How can I access support for mental health, wellbeing or personal problems whilst I'm studying at home?

    There are lots of other ways we can continue to support you:

    Pastoral Support Mentors

    Pastoral Support Mentors can support you with:

    • Problems relating to finance, childcare, or accommodation
    • Personal issues
    • Any other issues you feel are affecting your college course

    You can find their contact details and more information on the Virtual Campus here.

    Additional Learning Support

    The ALS team are here to support students with any kind of disability, learning difficulty or special educational need.

    They can provide you with guidance and support on all aspects of your learning. You can find their contact details and more information on the Virtual Campus here.

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

    Our Mental Health and Wellbeing team are still available to support you while you are studying from home.

    You can find more information, including lots of helpful advice, on the Virtual Campus here. If you wish to be referred to this service, please contact the Additional Learning Support team above.

    If you are already working with anyone on the ALS, Mental Health and Wellbeing, or Pastoral Support teams, they will be keeping in regular contact with you throughout this period of studying from home.

    The following websites and helplines are still available to you:

    • Kooth (for young people up to age 18)
    • Quell (for 18+)
    • Samaritans - Telephone 116 123
    • Anxiety UK - 0344 775774
    • The Open Door (wellbeing support for age 15-30) - 0151 639 4545
    • Papyrus - Confidential suicide prevention advice on 0800 068 4141 
    • Response - Advice and support on all matters regarding your wellbeing on 0151 666 4123
    • Teen Wirral 
  • What should I do if I have any concerns?

    If you feel worried or anxious at any time talk to your tutor or Personal Support Mentor. If you see someone not adhering to the social distancing rules, you must report this in confidence to your tutor or the curriculum manager.

  • What about PPE?

    The Government advice on PPE at present is that it is not necessary for students, but we will monitor this and keep you updated on any changes.


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