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Coronavirus Updates & Remote Learning Offer

Home Testing Kits

This week (Monday 22nd March – Friday 26th March) learners can still access the Asymptomatic Testing Centre in the College’s Diversity Restaurant, and we encourage you to continue to do this, by booking an appointment, visiting Diversity or speaking to a tutor.


After the Easter break, onsite testing will be scaled back*. As such, this week (Monday 22nd March – Friday 26th March) Bolton College learners will receive home testing kits, via their Curriculum Area.


After the Easter break, we strongly advise those who can take a test from home to do so.


  • Please test yourself twice a week at home, with an advised three to five day gap between each test.
  • Kits will have either seven or three swabs inside of them and each kit contains an instruction manual.
  • You will receive enough kits to get started, and more will be ordered and distributed, until the Government tells us otherwise.
  • The instructions will detail how to record your results, which can be done online via the Government website, or on the telephone.
  • You will also be asked to record your results with College – more information to follow on this.


The following video is very helpful, instructing you on how to take your test:


*After the Easter break, a small number of booths will be located elsewhere in the College for learners who may prefer to take a test in College.



College Re-Opening for all Learners

Following government advice, the College will re-open to learners on a staggered basis, as per the dates below:


Monday 8th March

  • Young people and learners with EHCP.
  • College Nursery.
  • Adult infills to Young People’s classes.


Monday 15th March

  • Adults and adults on Community Learning courses.
  • Apprentices.
  • HE learners.


Learners will return on a staggered basis with regards to their start and finish times, with more details to follow from tutors.


Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn whilst entering/exiting the building and whilst moving around buildings/communal areas. Please also wear face coverings whilst in your classroom/workshop setting.   


Support for learners who may be anxious about returning

We are aware that some learners will experience anxiety about the thought of returning. This is natural and understandable and everyone is different. If you have any concerns please talk to your tutor or any member of staff that you trust.


Remember at all times follow the Hands Face Space advice.


We very much looking forward to welcoming you back to College.


Asymptomatic Testing

Learners will be offered the opportunity of being tested whilst at College. Read more below:


Learner Frequently Asked Questions - Testing for people without symptoms (Asymptomatic) – LFD testing

Click here for more information on testing for people without symptoms.


A step-by-step guide to taking a swab sample

Access a step-by-step guide here to taking a swab sample.



16-19 Tuition Fund Statement


The purpose of this statement is to set out how Bolton College will use the 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who have been disadvantaged in education due to coronavirus (COVID-19).



In response to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Bolton College have been provided with an additional amount of 16-19 Tuition Funding from the ESFA. This funding will be used to provide additional support and extra tuition for any learner who has identified ‘gaps in learning’ within the initial assessment process, or where there is further evidence that added support may enhance progression or destination opportunities.


The additional support underpins Bolton College’s key priorities to ensure an inclusive, employment focussed curriculum.



The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths.


In addition to providing additional provision for English and Mathematics (E&M), the fund will be used to support progressing students on vocational courses where assessment may have been deferred because of lockdown. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), up to aged 24, who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies will also be supported by this provision.


Tuition groups will comprise of no more than five students, with the tuition sessions scheduled on top of the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Tuition and additional support may be delivered using a blend of online and on-campus delivery.


Bolton College will utilise established internal and external providers of high-quality Tuition in order to support Tuition Fund delivery opportunities.


Support will be provided in the following ways:

• Small group workshops will be delivered for English and maths throughout the week to provide catch up tuition for 16-19 learners who are working towards a grade 4 or above attainment

• Small group provision will also be available to support learners to develop the essential higher level mathematical and language skills required to underpin development within vocational curriculum

• Small groups core skills based project led activities designed motivate learners who find online engagement challenging

• ‘Curriculum Specific’ Assignment Support Workshops

• Additional 1-1 out of class support

• Personal mentor support


Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual’s need assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.



The College is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:

• producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students

• publishing this guidance on the College website

• recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided

• delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21

• notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.


Notice of External Works and Restrictions at Deane & Derby Community Centre

External building work will begin from Monday 8th February for a 6 to 8 week period.


During this time the centre car park will be closed to staff and students.


Please be mindful of local residents when finding alternative parking places.


Further updates will be given as work progresses.



Bolton College Remote Learning Offer

Remote Learning Offer

This information is provided as an overview of what learners, parents, carers and employers can expect during periods of college closure or student isolation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bolton College is currently closed during this lockdown period and learning has been moved online where possible.  We remain available where there is demand to open for vulnerable learners and children of key workers and are constantly reviewing this position in accordance with the latest government guidelines.


Study Programmes (Young People) and all Apprentices

During the autumn term, tutors, work based tutors and LDMs have worked closely with learners to ensure they are familiar with online learning environments. Many tutorial sessions as well as English and maths were delivered online prior to lockdown and therefore many learners have already had the opportunity to experience online, remote delivery. 


We know that a number of learners face barriers to online learning through a lack of an appropriate device or access to the internet and others may struggle with limited IT skills.


Tutors and LDMs have been working with these learners and many have already been loaned a laptop. Arrangements are being made for additional resources to be made available as required. Learners should contact their LDM or work based tutor if they are struggling with any aspect of remote learning.  


Remote online learning may comprise of a variety of different methods including online taught sessions through Zoom or MS Teams, pre-recorded sessions, instructional videos, materials and activities through Moodle, assignments, projects and self-directed learning. Printed worksheets may be issued to some cohorts of learners where it is deemed the most effective.


Timetables may be adjusted and this will be notified to learners. Learners are expected to participate in all remote learning opportunities provided to ensure progress is maintained. Where learners are unable to participate due to illness or other issue, our procedures for reporting absence remain in force and registers will be marked accordingly. All non-attendance will be followed up. 


Adult and Community Courses

Remote delivery is now in operation for all adult learners across a wide range of curriculum areas.  For courses that have already started we have endeavoured to move these online and subject areas have reordered the curriculum delivery to facilitate this. Timetables may be adjusted and this will be notified to learners. Attendance will continue to be monitored and recorded as normal and all non-attendance will be followed up. 


Remote online learning may comprise of a variety of different methods including online taught sessions through Zoom or MS Teams, pre-recorded sessions, instructional videos, materials and activities through Moodle, assignments, projects and self-directed learning.  Printed worksheets may be issued to some cohorts of learners where it is deemed the most effective.


Where the provision is predominantly practical and the course has yet to start these have been postponed until after the Easter break, although some have been scheduled to start earlier if theory or initial skills can be taught online.


The College continues to monitor the latest government legislation and timelines relating to this lockdown period. We will prioritise those cohorts of students studying practical subjects or requiring assessment to return as soon as possible in a Covid secure environment.


Students with SEND

The college has provided laptops to all learners with EHCPs who had requested these prior to the current lockdown. 


All learners supported on a 1:1 basis have been offered ongoing support through the medium of Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Where individuals have expressed that they cannot work online paper based resources have been issued from their curriculum teams and telephone support from their 1:1 support staff. 


Support staff remain in regular contact with all learners who are receiving pastoral wellbeing support and all deaf learners will continue to receive their 1:1 language and technical tutorials to ensure that their understanding of course content is not impeded.


Learners, parents and carers are offered the choice of completing EHCP reviews via the mediums of telephone conferencing, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.



The latest UK Government guidance on the national lockdown can be found here:


If you have any concerns as a learner, parent or carer, please contact us via email on




Coronavirus (COVID-19) usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces, if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first. This is why social distancing, regular hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes is so important in controlling the spread of the virus.


The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others. Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.


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Learn more:



Bolton Council Coronavirus Support & FAQs

Bolton Council Coronavirus Support and Frequently asked questions link