Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest updates from Confetti

This page has last been updated on 24/06/2020 at 12:30

Confetti continues to deliver its online teaching and support services remotely and we thank students, their families and our staff for their support and commitment over the past few weeks.

Looking ahead to the new Academic Year

It is our intention, along with that of our parent company Nottingham Trent University, to re-open Confetti’s campus in September so that we can offer a combination of on-campus, in-class teaching with online learning.

Ensuring the safety of our students and staff remains our priority and we are working to ensure our learning; social and support spaces comply fully with Covid-19 safety guidelines – including social distancing measures – before we begin welcoming students back on site. Please read a statement from the Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, Professor Edward Peck here. We will be sharing more detailed information directly with students and on our website and social pages over the coming weeks.

Staff and student health and wellbeing, and that of our wider community, remains of paramount importance and we thank you for your support and understanding as we work over the coming months to reopen our sites securely and safely.

Work placements/student trips

As you’ll be aware, concerns are being raised throughout the UK about the health implications of large public gatherings. We are also following social distancing guidelines so have made the decision to cancel and postpone relevant activities. These include:

  • Student field trips and visits
  • Student placements and work-based opportunities

 

Student services

We understand that this can be a particularly stressful and anxious time due to the uncertainties surrounding the current situation.

The Student Services Team are still offering support tutorials by phone, email and Microsoft Teams and will be contactable between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday

If you require any support, have any questions or want to arrange a tutorial, please email studentservicesreferrals@confetti.ac.uk

If you feel you are a risk to yourself or to others or someone you know is at risk, please ensure you contact our Safeguarding Team

 

Information for college-level students

The course teams are currently in the process of marking and assessing all the work that has been received this week. Once this process is complete every student will have:

  • Units that have been completed and graded according to work that has been submitted
  • Incomplete units where only some assessment criteria have been completed and that criteria will have been graded according to work submitted
  • Incomplete units that have no assessment evidence due to the impact of coronavirus

Your course teams are currently in the process of predicting unit grades for incomplete units. These predictions will be based on a range of evidence such as standard of work, submissions to deadline, studentship and academic judgement.

Once complete the grades will be sent to Pearson by Friday 5 June. All centres across the country delivering Pearson qualifications will be undergoing this process and therefore final results will be calculated by Pearson and released later in the summer.

We will be unable to share grades with you prior to the official releasing of grades in the summer.

 

Information for degree-level students from NTU

We are working closely with our partners at NTU to make sure you are as informed as possible. For more guidance, please check:

Due to the government’s recent restrictions NTU have taken the decision to postpone the Summer 2020 graduation ceremonies.

More information can be found online:

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/coronavirus/advice-for-current-students-at-ntu/graduation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening with students who get assisted travel to college (taxis, etc)?

Confetti will be contacting the local authority to suspend these for the time being, but you may also need to contact them yourself.

I am entitled to a bursary from Confetti, will I still receive this whilst Confetti is closed?

Travel payments are only awarded for travelling to college, therefore, are not being paid during this time. All allocations for meals and the Vulnerable Student Bursary will be paid until term ends.

I am a current Confetti student and I am unable to do my work at home.

Please contact us by email or phone and the appropriate staff will be in touch.

I am a current Confetti student and I would like some more information about our results at the end of the academic year.

We are currently awaiting further instruction from the Government and exam boards. Sessions and assessments are continuing online and are expected to contribute to final results, as well as preparing you for your next step, be that further study or employment.

College-level applicants

If you have applied for a college-level course and have an interview booked you should have received a text advising you that this will go on at the agreed date and time, but do not come in as we will conduct it over the phone.

If you have applied for a college-level course and you do not have an interview booked yet, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with more information very soon!

For any enquiries, please email studentservices@confetti.ac.uk.

 

Degree-level applicants

Have a look through UCAS’ helpful FAQs for more information about University applications:

Frequently asked questions – https://www.ucas.com/search/frequently-asked-questions/coronavirus

Advice for applicants – https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/coronavirus-covid-19/what-does-mean-your-application

Frequently Asked Questions

Will your course still be running in September 2020?

It’s our intention to re-open Confetti’s campus in September so that we can offer a combination of on-campus and online teaching and learning. We will continue to adhere to government advice, contacting applicants of any changes.

How should I let Confetti know my predicted grades?

Please send these to MIS@confetti.ac.uk.

I have applied for a place at Confetti, but haven’t been booked in to have an interview yet?

We are following government advice and all Confetti buildings have been closed. However, we are still accepting applications. All interviews will be conducted over the phone or by other remote means. If you are applying for a Music Performance course, where possible we would like for you to record yourself playing two songs. The tutor conducting your interview will ask for these recordings to be emailed over to them.

We are contacting all applicants by phone and email to get them booked in.

I am an external applicant. Do you have any further information about the cancellation of exams for all students?

Yes, there has been a further update. Teachers in England will be asked to assess the grades they think pupils would have achieved in cancelled GCSE and A-level exams. Teachers’ predictions for A-levels, AS-levels and GCSEs in England will be based on the evidence available – such as previous exam results, tests, homework, coursework, mock exams and what the regulator calls “general progress during your course”.

Teachers will be asked to say what they think would have been the grades most likely to have been achieved if the summer exams had taken place – based on an overall professional judgement.

Please speak to the Exams Officer at your current school or college if you have any questions.

Grading

The course teams are currently in the process of marking and assessing all the work that has been received this week. They are also in the process of predicting unit grades for incomplete units. These predictions will be based on a range of evidence such as standard of work, submissions to deadline, studentship and academic judgement.

Once complete the grades will be sent to Pearson by Friday 5 June. All centres across the country delivering Pearson qualifications will be undergoing this process and therefore final results will be calculated by Pearson and released later in the summer.

We will be unable to share grades with students prior to the official releasing of grades in the summer.

 

Student services for your child

We understand that this can be a particularly stressful and anxious time for students due to the uncertainties surrounding the current situation.

The Student Services Team are still offering support tutorials by phone, email and Microsoft Teams and will be contactable between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday

If your child requires any support, have any questions or want to arrange a tutorial, please email studentservicesreferrals@confetti.ac.uk

If you feel you are a risk to yourself or to others or someone you know is at risk, please ensure you contact our Safeguarding Team

When do I enrol for my course?

College-level enrolment will take place late August/early September. We are working with the government guidance and the funding agencies to plan what this will look like.  As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

Degree-level enrolment will take place late September. NTU are working on plans for enrolment and will keep you updated.  You can also see information here; https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/starting-at-ntu

 

Will Confetti be open in September?

It’s our intention to re-open Confetti’s campus in September so that we can offer a combination of on-campus and online teaching and learning.

 

Will I still get a student loan if I can’t move away and/or am learning remotely?

Student Finance England are open so all loans, if applied for by the deadline, should be paid as normal.

 

Will I still be able to get a bursary if I am learning remotely?

Bursaries are available in some circumstances and are dependent on household income.  Contact the Student Services Team for more information.

 

I don’t have access to the internet, what should I do?

You should raise this with the Student Services Team so that we can ensure that you have access to resources by other means., if needed.

 

I don’t have access to a computer or laptop, what should I do?

You should raise this with the Student Services Team so that we can ensure that you have access to resources by other means.