Coronavirus update for customers - 6th January 2021

6th January 2021 Date of publication

UCAS extends January deadline for all applicants

Students applying to start university or college in 2021 have an additional two weeks to complete their applications, following announcements in the UK to close schools and colleges.

The UCAS January equal consideration deadline, the point by which the vast majority of applications are submitted has now been moved to Friday 29 January at 18:00 (UK time), to allow both students and their teachers and advisers additional time to complete applications and references.

UCAS Chief Executive, Clare Marchant, said: 'We have engaged widely with school leaders and admissions colleagues in universities and colleges as well as students and whilst the feedback is that the vast majority of students are on track with their applications, there is recognition of the significant demands on teachers' and advisers’ time as they move to online learning. This decision to extend the deadline is about relieving the pressure not only on students, but also teachers and advisers.

Coronavirus Update for AHE Providers - 6th January 2021: Third national lockdown QAA guidance and webinars

QAA have today issued information for Access to HE providers and students. Please note that the guidance confirms that there are no additional changes to the current quality assurance and regulatory arrangements planned for this academic year. QAA are hosting a series of webinars for provider staff and students which can be booked via their website. Please follow the links to the information and webinar booking sites below. I would also be grateful if you would make this information available for your students.

Information for providers:

Linked from: www.qaa.ac.uk/access-to-he/covid-19-support-and-information-Access

Information for students:

Linked from: https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/news-events/support-and-information-covid-19

Webinar booking sites:
Student webinars:

Provider staff webinars: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/news-events/events/access-to-he-provider-forum-awarding-the-access-to-he-diploma-7-13-january-2021

We understand that these are challenging times for all staff and students. If you have any questions or require further clarification or support please don’t hesitate to contact your Lead Moderator or the Access to HE Team at One Awards.

Operational Update on One Awards and the NOCN Group Qualifications and Services - 5th January 2021

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 4 January regarding the third national lockdown, One Awards and the NOCN Group will continue to operate as we have done since September 2020.

Information for Centres approved for NOCN Qualifications

All our staff are working from home, and we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and webchat (NOCN Job Cards) as usual.

Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.

We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.

All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments will be conducted remotely (where possible).

We are providing digital online support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.

We will be following the guidance issued by DfE, ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CITB, CCEA Regulation, QAA and Qualifications Wales, and will provide updates via our website, email and social media as the situation changes.

Information for One Awards Bespoke Accreditation and Quality Mark Centres

All One Awards staff are working from home and offering support through telephony and email. All EQA activity will continue to take place remotely. We will of course review the situation regularly and adapt to any further government guidance as required. If you need any further information, advice or support please contact your EQA or the Quality Team at One Awards – quality@oneawards.org.uk

Information for Access to HE Centres

One Awards are continuing to operate as we have since September in line with the QAA guidance ‘Arrangements for the Award and Assessment of the Access to HE Diploma 2020-21’. We will continue to support providers with adaptations as required and undertake all quality assurance activity remotely. QAA will be publishing guidance and information tomorrow (Wednesday 6th January) and offering information webinars for providers and students from the 7th January. We will continue to work closely with QAA and provide updates and information via email and on our website. If you have any queries or require support please contact your Lead Moderator or the One Awards Access Team – access@oneawards.org.uk

If you have any general concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, or learners please contact us on admin@oneawards.org.uk or 0191 518 6550.

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