Updates regarding COVID19, Results and Enrolment.

(latest announcements are added to the top of this page)

 

Summer Examinations 2021 

November 16th 2020

As you know, we have all been eagerly awaiting the decision from the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, regarding Summer 2021 examinations. The Minister announced her decision on Tuesday 10th November and I know many of you will already be aware of some of the detail.

Following an Independent Review of Summer 2020 examinations, the Minister has decided to cancel all external examinations for general qualifications in Wales including GCSE, AS and A level.

The Minister has stated that the primary reason for doing so is to ensure fairness since the time learners will spend in colleges and schools will vary hugely and she cannot guarantee a level playing field for examinations to take place.  The Minister has also stated that she has made this decision because she has heard first-hand from many learners about how worried they are about the prospect of taking examinations and the pressure they feel under to get through as much of the course as possible.

  • Instead of exams, Welsh Government will work with colleges and schools to implement teacher-managed assessments.
  • These assessments will be externally set and marked. By external, this means set and marked by the awarding body, WJEC.  

Removing examinations will free up the entire summer term which is normally focused on preparing for and sitting exams, for additional teaching and learning.  

The Education Minister has set up a Design and Delivery Advisory Group involving schools and college leaders supported by Welsh Government and advised by Qualifications Wales (the Regulator) and WJEC (the Awarding Body). This group will work out the detail and we should know more by mid-December. We will ensure that we communicate regularly with you and your parents/ guardians regarding the arrangements for Summer 2021 examinations. We know how important this information is to you.

Please note:

  • We are awaiting clarification on whether examinations will go ahead for Welsh learners for AS/ A level Film Studies which is regulated by Ofqual (the English Regulator). We hope to have information on this very soon and we will let Film Studies students know directly.
  • Controlled assessments for the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate and Diploma in Criminology and Medical Science will go ahead as planned.
  • BTEC tests will go ahead in January 2021.

We hope this information clarifies the current position and we hope that it goes some way to reducing the uncertainty and worry that many of you are feeling at this difficult and challenging time.

 

 


 
A message from the Vice Principal:


Dear all,

We recognise that you are very concerned about what is happening with external examinations in Summer 2021. We share your concerns and we are eagerly awaiting information from Welsh Government.

On Friday 30th October, we are expecting the findings from the Independent Review of Summer 2020 examinations to be published.

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, will be making an announcement regarding the Summer 2021 series on Tuesday 10th November 2020.  Of course, we will ensure that we share this information via our website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult and challenging time.


Best wishes,

Mrs Newman

Vice Principal


 


Following the Welsh Governments announcement today, staff and students will not be attending the college site during the week commencing 2
nd November.

This is the week following half term. Staff and students should not attend the site during half term week or during the week commencing November 2nd.

 


 

Cardiff Lockdown

As you will be aware, the lockdown measures have extended to Cardiff. You are still allowed to leave to attend college, so please attend on your timetabled days unless you or anyone in your household is displaying any of the signs of COVID-19. 

 


 
Methyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Newport and Blaenau Gwent 

You are probably aware that a lock-down has been declared for Methyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Newport and Blaenau Gwent.  If you live in those areas you are still allowed to leave to attend college, so please attend on your timetabled days, unless you or anyone in your household is displaying any of the signs of COVID-19.

 


 
Rhondda Cynon Taff 

You are probably aware that a lock-down has been declared for RCT.  If you live in that area you are still allowed to leave RCT to attend college, so please attend on your timetabled days, unless you or anyone in your household is displaying any of the signs of COVID-19.



Face Coverings

Following new guidance from Welsh Government on the wearing of face coverings in indoor spaces, College will make the wearing of  face coverings compulsory in College from Monday 14th September for staff and students. The college is supplying each member of staff and each student with 2 reusable face coverings which come in their own plastic bags which should be used for storage.  If you have not received yours already, staff can collect them from HR and students from Reception. 

You may wish to use your own face coverings.  If you are using the disposable kind, they should be disposed of in the general waste bins at college.

Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing or enhanced personal hygiene.

 


 
Caerphilly Local Lockdown

Measures have been taken in Caerphilly County to contain the spread of Covid-19, these include travel restrictions.  However, travel to work and college is still allowed, so all staff and students are able to continue to visit the college site in line with their agreed study or work patterns, as long as they and members of their household are free of Covid-19 symptoms.  For full details of the local rules, click on the link https://gov.wales/local-coronavirus-rules-caerphilly-county-borough#section-49791

 




Attendance within Contact Groups (Bubbles)

All students attending college will receive a full timetable.  Unless a student has opted to study fully at home for health or family reasons, attendance at the college will be for 2.5 days a week whilst 2.5 days learning will be undertaken remotely on-line. This arrangement is reviewed every three weeks.

Students attending the college have been split into two bubbles. 

  • Group A Students attend the college Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to 11am
  • Group B Students attend college Wednesday from 12:30 pm (lesson starts at 1:00pm), Thursday and Friday.

To prevent the spread of Covid 19 between the two groups, Students must not come on to the site outside the times of their allocated group.

 

 



Catering facilities

The canteen and vending facilities are suspended.  This will be reviewed prior to half term.  Students who receive free meals will have a payment made direct to their bank account until the catering facilities are reinstated.

All students have been provided with water bottles.  Please bring fill these at home and bring on to site along with any snacks when you attend college.

 



Frequently Asked Questions 

We recommend you read our Frequently asked questions - 2020-21 for more information regarding the start of term. 

 




Sport and Physical Activity

Sport and physical activity in college will be taking place but we want to keep you safe and will be working in conjunction with advice from the government and sports governing bodies. Please keep an eye on college social media for news about what activities you can get involved in at college safely.

 



For information on:

 


 
Urgent appeal from Welsh Government

First Minister Mark Drakeford and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download the COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales. 


Mental Health and Well-being

During this unprecedented time, anxiety and stress are normal emotions to be feeling. For those that suffer with anxiety, the current situation surrounding COVID-19 can be a trigger. It is important, now more than ever, that we look out for each other.

Tips on how to stay calm by Meic Cymru

Our well-being services are available. 'Let's Talk', the service to talk about mental health, is available via email letstalk@stdavidscollege.ac.uk, and on Twitter, https://twitter.com/LetsTalkSDCC

Any safeguarding concerns should be emailed to feelsafe@stdavidscollege.ac.uk


 
Results and CAGs

With regards to the latest announcement by the Education Minister, the college has released revised A and AS Level grades. Please do not contact teachers regarding CAGs. More information is available here. 

Following guidance, Edexcel & City and Guilds have informed us that they are unable to issue results for your vocational Level 2 courses. We have contacted the relevant exam board on your behalf and will issue your results via email as soon as they become available.

To view the St David's Guide to your Results - click here.

To view the Summer 2020 Results information pack from Qualifications Wales, click here.

 

Announcement on CAG's and A Level Results - 18th August

Yesterday afternoon, Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in Wales, announced that the Centre Assessed Grades will now be able to stand as the official awarded grades for all Welsh Baccalaureate, AS Level, A Level and GCSE candidates in Wales. Her announcement can be seen here. The important details are:

  1. GCSE, Welsh Baccalaureate, AS Level and A Level results will now be based on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs)
  2. For those students who were awarded a higher standardised grade than their CAG, the standardised grade (as released to students on Results Day – 13thAugust 2020) will stand.
  3. For A Level students: if students’ AS Level grade is higher than both the CAG and the standardised grade awarded on Results Day 2020, the AS Level grade will stand.

It is very important that students understand the following:

  1. This announcement does not confirm that students who did not secure the grades required to satisfy the terms of their university offers for their desired course will now automatically be given their place. WJEC are working closely with UCAS and will provide them with the revised grades at the earliest opportunity. As England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have now issued advice in line with Wales, universities will be establishing their own procedures to review offers for September 2020 entry in light of the revised grades. UCAS have also issued guidance via email to all applicants.
  2. We are awaiting confirmation on how the announcement may affect WJEC Diploma/Certificate and BTEC students.
  3. College is working to provide students with information of the revised grade as soon as possible, in collaboration with the examination boards. To prevent any further confusion, we will provide students with details of the highest grade from the sources outlined above. (For A Level students: AS Level grade, CAG or awarded ‘standardised’ A Level grade by WJEC issued on Results Day.)
  4. Please note that Centre Assessed Grades may not be the same as your UCAS Predicted Grade.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for our students; we are working pro-actively to provide clarification to students at the earliest opportunity.

 



Appeals Process

WJEC have released the following information regarding how the appeals process works this year. 

WJEC Appeals for GCSE, AS, A Level and Skills Challenge Certificate: How does it work? 

Our Exams Office will be making our internal appeals procedure known to you via email. Please contact our exams office, at examinations@stdavidscollege.ac.uk, if you have any queries about your results.

 



Destinations and UCAS

The St David's Destinations team are here to support you with your results and your progression to university. They are contactable by appointments on Results Day. To speak with our Destinations Team and make an appointment, contact destinations@stdavidscollege.ac.uk

St David's Guide to your results

 



Returning for a third year

We understand these are uncertain times for students as you decide what to do next. We have made more places available for students on our 3rd year returner programme. 

Should you want to return to St David's to retake your A Levels or perhaps choose a new course, please complete an application, from the link below. 

Apply for a third year

 


Enrolment for September 2020

We are busy planning your arrival and we want to reassure you that you will have a safe and happy time with us. 

In September, all of our courses will include face to face learning in small groups, with all lessons live-streamed and accessible online. This will be supplemented with online learning and support.

In the mean time, all applicants for September 2020 currently have access to Taster Material. Usually at this time of year, we would invite you to attend a Taster Session in the college, where you can experience life as a St David’s student for the day. This year, we’d rather you stay safely at home. So, we’ve made Taster materials available for all our Level 3 courses including AS levels, WJEC Diplomas and BTEC vocational courses. There is something for everyone! An email has been sent to all applicants with a link to the Taster Material. 


Applications for 2020-21

St David's Admissions Team are currently working from home, adhering to government and NHS guidance of social distancing and isolation. Please note, there may be a delay in responses and processing your application. 

You can still apply for September 2020, by clicking here

You can see our range of courses, by navigating the courses section of this website. 

You must provide your latest school report, any qualifications you have obtained, and a copy of an ID with your application by emailing them to admissions@stdavidscollege.ac.uk.


Guidance Sessions and Interviews

The Guidance Sessions for prospective students have been postponed indefinitely. Where possible, we will be making judgements based on the information you have made available on your application, and we will follow up with you where more information is required.

If more information is needed, we may arrange a telephone interview.

If you have not done so, please send a copy of your latest school report / results and a form of identification to admissions@stdavidscollege.ac.uk as a matter of urgency.

 



Continuation of Learning Project

To access the project, Click Here.

This site is a series of links to HEIs and comprises of online learning material, activities and events and more resources and events will be added by universities over the next 10 weeks. Welsh Government have been working with the universities and ‘The Coleg’ to ensure that we are producing materials through the medium of welsh.

The aims of this project are:

  • Support, engage and inspire Upper 6/ Year 13  learners who have had their formal education disrupted due to COVID -19

  • Bridge the gap between Upper6/ Year 13 and University and help these young people prepare for their next steps

  • Support parents and carers and offer them a portal in order to get information


Opportunity for STEM students: Year 13 - Bridge to University.

 


 
If you are on Twitter, it is good to follow: 

Welsh Government Education: @WG_Education

WJEC Exam Board: @wjec_cbac

UCAS: @ucas_online

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education: @wgmin_education

Qualifications Wales: @quals_wales

Welsh Government: @WelshGovernment

 


 
Enquiries

Any enquiries for St David's College should be emailed to enquiries@stdavidscollege.ac.uk

Our staff are currently working remotely, so please bear this in mind when waiting for responses. 

 

 



Advice:

Advice to Parents and Carers

The latest information from Public Health Wales 

How to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus 

'What to do if you have symptoms'