We are continuing to closely monitor the situation around the COVID-19 Pandemic and how social distancing and any other restrictions may affect the way we deliver our programmes for the academic year commencing in September 2020. At all times we will follow the Government guidelines and instructions and adapt and change what we do to accord with those prevailing at the time.
With this in mind we are preparing a range of possible programme delivery scenarios to ensure that you continue to receive a high quality learning experience.
Exactly how your classes will be delivered will be communicated as we approach the new term. This is so that we can continue to assess the situation and take the most suitable approach in gradually returning to normal delivery.
Presently, for Semester 1 we anticipate moving from online delivery to a blended-learning experience that incorporates both online and on-campus lessons, with students attending both on a rotational basis. This will ensure that we can manage the occupancy of our learning facilities in line with any restrictions which may remain in force.
If social distancing restrictions should change during Semester 1, we will aim to be as flexible as possible in adapting to any new guidelines and managing access to our learning facilities in a responsible and safe way.
We hope to transition fully to on-campus teaching from Semester 2 in January 2021 (always in line with health and safety guidance at that time).
As we move towards restoring normal teaching conditions, we will be available to students who wish to discuss concerns about their personal circumstances and any risks they may face in returning to our learning facilities. If students are unable to attend on-campus sessions for any reason during this period, full remote delivery will continue to be available to them.
Timetabled Personal Academic Tutoring will operate and student administrative services and pastoral care will be available all day and on some evenings on weekdays, both face-to-face (ensuring appropriate social distancing is maintained), as well as online.
We will strive to ensure that disruption to our students’ experience is minimised. Our approach will mean that we do all we can to ensure that none of our students are academically disadvantaged in any way.
There will be scheduled face-to-face Induction to welcome new students to FSB – this will include information about complying with social distancing and staying safe on campus. For those students who are unable to travel or attend our campuses, we will be making all face-to-face sessions available online.
Induction activities are scheduled for the following dates:
Students on programmes leading to awards from London Metropolitan University;
Induction week commences: 05/10/2020
Semester Dates (Please see the attached academic calendar)
Semester 1 of the 2020/2021 Academic Year will commence in line with the term dates of your awarding body:
London Metropolitan University – classes start week commencing 12/10/2020
Curriculum and assessment
With agreement from the University our curriculum will be adapted to enable students to succeed and meet all of the learning outcomes of their programme, regardless of whether they are studying on campus or remotely (for example, exams or presentations). If any modification is needed this will be coordinated with the APLTs.
Campuses are open with social distancing measures in place, ensuring we offer an environment that complies with all aspects of public health and advice to enable students access to our facilities.
All student support services is available to students on campus and remotely.
Students are able to access IT Labs and library resources on campus where it is possible to observe government guidelines and where we are confident that we can protect the wellbeing of staff and students. Students will also be able to access library resources online.