Coronavirus – Information for students

At Cardiff and Vale College [CAVC] the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and community is a top priority.

In line with Welsh Government guidelines, all campuses are currently closed for face-to-face learning. All teaching and learning on your CAVC course continues online only until February Half Term [Friday 12th February]. No teaching will take place during February Half Term [Monday 15th – Friday 19th February].

From Monday 22nd February a small number of staff and students will start to return to campus for learning and assessments. Most students will continue to learn online only. All lessons will be taught online through Microsoft Teams, or via other resources provided by your teacher. Your teachers and all of our usual support services will continue to be available to support you online.

Don’t forget you can go to the Student Portal and the MyCAVC App and click on ‘Learning Online’ for links to all our support services, as well as more information to support you.

We are committed to keeping you learning and progressing. We understand this can be an unsettling time so please keep talking to us. We are here for you if you have any further questions or need support.

How to get in touch
Contact your Course Tutor by email or Microsoft Teams.
Or contact our Customer Services Team Monday – Friday each week 
By live chat: Just click the floating live chat icon on our website
Or email: 
info@cavc.ac.uk
Or call: 02920 250 250  

Guidance for all students attending campus 

Last updated 12th February 2021
Our top priority is keeping all staff and students safe when on campus.
There are important things we must all do on campus to keep ourselves and other staff and students safe. This term, due to new COVID-19 variants, some things are different. Please make sure you read and follow all guidance below when coming to campus.

Before you leave home
Do not attend a College campus if:

  • You or a member of your household have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are required to self-isolate, or
  • You or a member of your household are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting a test result, or
  • You are required to self-isolate for any other reason

Stay home and follow NHS and Welsh Government self-isolation guidance. Contact your teacher and email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk to let us know.
If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, your absence due to COVID-19 will not be affected and you will continue to receive this.

Travelling to campus

  • Only come to campus on days and times you are timetabled to or if you have an exam/ assessment/ appointment.
  • Try to arrive shortly before the time you are due on campus, and leave promptly when you finish your session.
  • Stay safe travelling to campus – whether walking, driving, cycling or using public transport.
  • Always wear a face covering on public transport or if travelling with anyone not in your household.

On campus

  • Maintain social distancing between you and all students and staff at all times and everywhere on campus. In line with Welsh Government guidance, from Monday 22nd February 2021 there are no ‘contact/ bubble groups’ so you must also remain socially distanced from everyone in your class at all times.
  • Wear a 3-layer face covering at all times and everywhere on campus. Since February 2021 this also includes all classrooms, workshops and teaching spaces for all lessons and examinations/ assessments, as well as general areas around college.
    For further detail on face coverings on campus go to www.cavc.ac.uk/facecoverings
  • Sanitise your hands when you enter any campus using the hand sanitiser provided or your own.
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face and catch coughs & sneezes into tissues or your elbow.
  • Follow all signs and one-way systems to direct you on campus
  • All teaching spaces and activities have been risk assessed and have set guidance you must follow. Your teachers will explain this to you.
  • Only use the classrooms and general spaces on campus that you are timetabled or advised to use. Do not move chairs or furniture around – it is carefully spaced to support social distancing.
  • Where deemed appropriate for some learning or assessment activities your teacher may provide you with additional PPE, for example a specific face mask/ visor/ gloves to wear. 
  • Some campus food and drink outlets are open with reduced seating/ set entry times. Pay contactless wherever possible.
  • We have thorough hygiene and cleaning procedures across all sites. Please help to keep all classrooms and spaces tidy to assist with this.
  • Do not smoke or vape anywhere on a CAVC campus.
  • In the event of an emergency, safe building evacuation procedure takes priority over social distancing.

Please follow the above guidance and behave responsibly on campus to keep you and our CAVC family safe. Our Learner Relationship Management procedure explains how we encourage everyone to do this.

Update on Exams and Assessments

Vocational Exams update

At present some awarding bodies are still proceeding with vocational examinations. CAVC and all FE colleges in Wales will continue to offer the opportunity for students to sit planned external examinations.
If you are due to sit an examination on campus and are COVID-19 vulnerable, or you do not wish to/ are unable to attend your examination, you do not have to attend.
Awarding bodies have stated that learners will not be disadvantaged if this is the case and will be offered an alternative way of being assessed. This may include taking the examination later in the year, or being awarded a Centre Assessed Grade (where your teacher provides a grade based on your current performance and this is externally validated).
If you choose not to attend to sit your exam, please inform your Course Tutor by email, and complete this short form by clicking here.
If coming to a College campus for a scheduled examination, please be assured that our top priority is keeping you and our staff safe. We have robust procedures in place and are adhering to all latest advice and guidance to keep you safe. Please read the Guidance for coming onto campus before attending. 
When we receive updates from individual awarding bodies we will add this information to this page. We will also update you regarding your own course via your student email and your teachers. In the meantime, if you have any questions please speak to your Course Tutor.


GCSE, AS and A Levels

On 20th January 2021 the Welsh Government confirmed that all learners in Wales studying for Qualifications Wales approved GCSE, AS and A Levels this year will receive grades determined by their school or college, based on work each learner has covered and completed by the end of the academic year.
Further initial detail on the process published this afternoon by the Welsh Government can be found here. 
Teachers will work with you over forthcoming weeks to set out what this means for you.
Further information on this will appear here shortly. All CAVC Students have been emailed with further detail. 

Reporting a positive test for COVID-19

If you are a student of Cardiff and Vale College and you receive a positive test please adhere to NHS self-isolation guidance and do not attend a CAVC campus for any reason during your required isolation period.

It is important that you let us know as soon as possible that you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, whether you have attended campus recently or you are learning online only. Please let us know so we can support you and help to keep our CAVC family safe.
Email 
COVID19@cavc.ac.uk and copy in your Course Tutor, with your name, student number and the email/text you have received confirming your positive test and isolation period. Your Course Tutor or another member of staff from your department will contact you to support you and help us to keep our CAVC family safe.

If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, your absence due to COVID-19 will not be affected and you will continue to receive this.

General advice on Coronavirus and the current situation in Wales can be found on the Welsh Government website www.gov.wales/coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that this can be a difficult and confusing time. Please speak to your Course Tutor if you have courses about your learning.

We are also regularly updating this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help.

I have tested positive for Coronavirus. Do I need to let College know, even if I haven’t been on campus?

Yes. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible that you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, whether you have attended campus recently or you are learning online only. Please let us know so we can support you and help to keep our CAVC family safe.

Email COVID19@cavc.ac.uk and copy in your Course Tutor, with your name, student number and the email/text you have received confirming your positive test and isolation period. Your Course Tutor or another member of staff from your department will contact you to support you and help us to keep our CAVC family safe.

If you usually receive EMA, Free School Meals (FSM) or other financial support, your absence due to COVID-19 will not be affected and you will continue to receive this.

General advice on Coronavirus and the current situation in Wales can be found on the Welsh Government website www.gov.wales/coronavirus

A member of my household has developed symptoms, do I need to self-isolate?

Yes. The person with symptoms should book a test. Everyone in the household should self-isolate until the result of the test is received. If negative you can stop self-isolating. If positive you will all need to follow self-isolation guidance. To find out more go to https://gov.wales/self-isolation 

A member of my household is self-isolating as they have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, do I need to self-isolate too?

No. You do not need to self-isolate unless you have also been in direct contact with someone with Coronavirus, or you or a member of your household develop symptoms. 

Someone in my class is self-isolating as a member of their household has symptoms. Does the rest of the class need to self-isolate?

No. You do not need to self-isolate unless you have also been in direct contact with someone with Coronavirus, or you or a member of your household develop symptoms.

I have had Coronavirus and completed my self-isolation period. Can I come to lessons or exams I have on campus now? Do I need to get a negative test result before I come back?

If you have completed your self-isolation period and you feel well again you can return to campus if you have any on campus learning or assessment. You do not need to get a negative test result before coming back.