Your Next Steps | Interview, Enrolment and Welcome Day Information

Information for learners who wish to apply to start a course in 2020/2021

We are still accepting applications to our Full-time and Part-time Further and Higher Education programmes that start in September 2020. Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, College staff are working from home and there may be delays in our usual admissions process.

For full-time further education programmes we have extended our initial deadline for receiving applications of 31st January 2020 for a guaranteed place on your chosen programme (subject to you satisfying the entry requirements) until the 17th August 2020.

***Important Application and Admissions Update***

Due to the Coronavrius outbreak our standard post-application admissions procedures are temporarily suspended. Decisions are currently being made surrounding advice days and enrolment, and this information will be regularly communicated, as well as being updated and displayed on this page where applicable.

Key DatesWhat happens after I apply?Resources and Activities to prepare for CollegeWelcome and Induction DaysExam Results DaysCollecting your exam resultsEnrolment InformationYour First Day

What happens after I apply?

Once your application has been submitted our admissions team will complete some data checks including checking that you meet the published entry criteria for your chosen subject.

For most programmes you will then receive an email inviting you to log back into your account to book your interview. If you have applied for Music, Performing Arts or an Art related subject we will email you with a date and for an audition or portfolio review.

Please check your emails as all communication will be sent by this method.


What Happens at my interview?

You will be here between 1-2 hours depending on the programme you have chosen. (2-3 hours for performing arts) You will normally have a presentation or talk to from a member of staff, telling you more about the programme, followed by an individual interview for about 5/10 minutes.

If you are having an audition or portfolio review, more information will be given in your email.


How will I know if have been offered a place?

Offers will be subject to meeting the entry requirements of the programme, as published.

Once you have attended an interview / audition we will email you to let you know if you have an offer. Offers will be subject to you meeting the published entry requirements of the chosen programme.

If you are not offered a place on your chosen programme, we will do our best to support you in finding an appropriate alternative.

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Welcome and Induction Days

Due to the continuing restrictions on social distancing, sadly we have had to cancel our Welcome and Induction Days planned for 29th and 30th June 2020. These days were meant to give you the opportunity to come to campus and meet the teaching teams, to find out more about your chosen course, and to see where and what you will be studying.

As an alternative our teaching staff have put together welcome day packs with photos and information about the team, the courses, and the college environment, as well as useful information that you will need to know before  you enrol. For some areas, this will also give you details of any equipment, kit or uniform that you need to get in advance of starting. Please click the button below to see this information.

Exam results and Advice Days

One of the most exciting – and scary – days of all is when you receive your exam results.  This year is slightly different and you won’t be collecting your results in person but instead will be sent them either via email, or you will have already been asked to create an account (for GCSE results) so you can login to a secure portal to access your results on the day.  It is important to keep regularly checking your emails for the latest information!

For learners receiving GCSE, results will be available on Thursday 20th August 2020.  You should have already received your ‘welcome email’ from Pearson ResultsPlusDirect, so make sure you have read the instruction and activated your account so you can access your results on the day!

For learners looking to study a higher education qualification with us, the results day for AS and A2 exams is a week earlier on Thursday 13th August 2020.

Information about collecting Exam results can be found here:

What happens next?

Fingers crossed that all your hard work will have resulted in great results, but if your GCSE results do not meet the entry requirements or you are still unsure please don’t panic!

The information in this section will be regularly updated with what you need to do next.

****IMPORTANT EXAM RESULTS UPDATE****

We have now sent out the majority of the BTEC and UAL Level 3 results expected today, however, we have a few subject areas where we are still working with Awarding Bodies to obtain your results, these are in the following subject areas:-

BTEC – Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) – As of 11.20 am today 14 August all emails to confirm results have been sent out. Please check your college email.

UAL – L3 Diploma in Art – we are awaiting information from the awarding body with regards to some of the results for this subject, others have been sent out today – We will communicate further with you tomorrow.

We apologise for any inconvenience or anxiety this is causing you but we are working hard to confirm these results as soon as possible. Please continue to check your college email rather ringing the College.

 

Please choose a button below appropriate to the awarding body for your qualification.

If you don’t see your awarding body listed here, don’t worry – details with regards to all other awarding bodies/qualifications will follow shortly. Please visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Please contact iltservicedesk@colchester.ac.uk if you are having problems accessing your CI email account or have forgotten the password.

GCSE English and Maths 2020

Whilst the exam series did not take place due to Covid-19, you will still receive a result for GCSE English and/or Maths based upon a calculated grade submitted by the College to the awarding body Pearson Edexcel.

The date for publication of provisional GCSE results for the Summer 2020 examinations will be Thursday 20th August 2020.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Due to social distancing guidelines, we will not be hosting a result collection event; instead your results will be viewable online from 9am via Pearson Edexcel’s online system ‘ResultsPlus Direct’. This can be located via the link below:

https://www.resultsplusdirect.co.uk/students/login.html

The Exams team will ensure that you are registered with the awarding body to access this service using your Colchester Institute email address. You should automatically receive a ‘welcome email’ from Pearson Edexcel at the start of August with details of how to activate your account and log-on to ResultsPlus Direct. You must activate your ResultsPlus Direct account on receipt of the welcome email, using the weblink to the activation screen; you will be required to provide your date of birth, plus set a security question and password to complete the process.

If you have already activated your account but have forgotten your password and been locked out you need to click on the ‘forgotten password’ link situated on the login page of ResultsPlus Direct.  Once you have entered your email address you will receive an email explaining how to reset your password.

Please continue to monitor your Colchester Institute email address and follow any instructions provided, as failing to do so could prevent you from being able to access your results on 20th August. If you cannot see your welcome email in your Colchester Institute email Inbox, make sure that you check your spam/junk folders.

Certificates

Certificates for your GCSE English and/or Maths qualifications are usually received from the awarding body by the end of November. When the certificates are received by the Exams team, we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

BTEC Level 3 Qualifications

Results Thursday 13 August 2020

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade for your BTEC Qualification via email to your Colchester Institute email account between 11am – 12 noon on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Qualifications

Results Thursday 20 August 2020

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade for your BTEC Qualification via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

UAL Level 3 Qualifications

Results Thursday 13 August 2020

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade for your UAL Qualification via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Students who have reached the mid-point of a two-year course, such as a Level 3 Extended Diploma, will not be awarded a qualification this year. Their mid-point grades will be confirmed with centres and banked during the week commencing 24 August to support progression for those students.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

UAL Level 2 Qualifications

Results Thursday 20 August 2020

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade for your UAL Qualification via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

Exam Result Queries / Appeals

Once you have received your results, if you have a concern about the grade(s) you have been awarded, you can ask the Exams Team to investigate, for example:

  • check whether an error was made when submitting your centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
  • investigate if you feel you have evidence of bias or that you were discriminated against
  • provide information about the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn series or in summer 2021 (for GCSE English and Maths only)

Please make sure that you read the useful guidance produced by Ofqual via the link below, to better understand what you can and cannot query:

Ofqual Student guide to post-16 qualifications results Summer 2020

To make an enquiry about your result you will need to complete an Exam Result Query Form – 2020*.  Please note that this must be completed within five days of receiving your results to ensure that we meet any deadlines set by the Awarding Body.

Exam Certificate Distribution

Due to social distancing guidelines we are currently not holding any certificate collection events on Campus. After the majority of results have been received during the Summer, it is our aim to collate all certificates that we hold for individual students and then either send via the post or, if social distancing guidelines have changed, to invite students on to Campus to collect.

Please keep checking your emails over the next few weeks as we will communicate the process to you if collection is required. This page is also regularly updated and holds the most current Certificate collection information.

Enrolment Information 2020

Due to the current COVID 19 situation, we have needed to adapt to a fully online enrolment process for this academic year. Whilst this will support the need for social distancing, it will be a different process and will be reliant your young person checking their emails and following instructions carefully, but also quickly. The campuses will not be open for applicants to come in and enrol.

First Day of your new programme

Our term starts on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.

Not all programmes will start on the Monday and you will be given details of your first day at enrolment.

*Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays and for Learning and Teaching Development Days.

More detailed term dates and our academic calendar can be found here.

Unfortunately we cannot confirm your timetable and / or days of attendance until you start on your programme in September.

So, there is a lot to do between now and September, don’t worry we will keep you informed about the stages as they come and go, but in the meantime of you need to check any dates or key facts keep an eye on our website. If you have any specific questions you can call our enquiry line on 01206 712777 and we will do our best to help you.