To keep our staff and students safe, Wirral Met College is supporting current students with home based learning, using a combination of technology, learning materials and remote tutor support, until further notice.
If you are applying for a place in September, please apply online and we will be in touch soon.
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.
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.
Applying for a course at Wirral Met?
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.
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.
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.
Will I be able to get a bus pass during the period I am studying from home?
No, you will not be eligible for a bus pass during the closure period, but you will be able to get a new bus pass once the College re-opens.
How will I know when the College campuses are open again?
We will regularly update the College website with details of when the College campuses will re-open.
How can I study from home?
Remember, the College is not closed, your tutors are working hard to provide you with support to continue your learning from home. You have a range of learning materials as part of your study programme; don’t forget to use your online access to the Virtual Campus/Virtual Learning Environment. This is an ideal time for you to continue your research and complete assignments and project work.
How can I access support with my mental health, wellbeing, or personal problems whilst I’m studying from 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
I normally get free meals at college. What will happen during the time I’m studying from home?
Provided you have at least 70% attendance in term 2, we will arrange for this amount of money to be paid into your bank account, with your bursary. If you do not have a bank account, we will provide you with e-vouchers by email that you can exchange for food.
How can I contact my tutors?
You can email your course tutors during normal college hours, with any queries about any aspect of your course or the work you have been set.
You will find their email addresses on the Virtual Campus, in the section related to your course.
- Student Finance - payments during COVID-19
Will I still receive my bursary payment during the period I am studying at home?
If you are currently in receipt of a bursary, and your attendance for term 2 has been at least 70%, this will continue during the period you are studying at home, excluding any travel/bus pass.