COVID-19 Update

Guidance for attending College

Update 7 January 2021

Following the recent Government announcement that it is up to each college to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for BTEC and other public examinations to go ahead during lockdown, the College has determined that all exams with dates set by awarding organisations that fall within with the latest national lockdown period will proceed. 

We believe that the measures we have put in place to ensure staff and student safety mean that all public, external examinations should proceed as scheduled unless the situation changes, we are directed otherwise by the relevant authorities, or they are cancelled by the DFE or awarding organisation. 

If anyone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, receives a positive test, is unwell and needs to self-isolatethey should not travel to College for exams. 

We understand that the situation is difficult, and that students (and their parents) are concerned about the impact on their studies.  The College will fully support students with whatever choice they and their families make. However, we cannot at this stage inform students how assessments will take place if they do not attend their exams, as we have not yet been informed of the process by the awarding organisations. We understand however, based on the Secretary of Staterecent statement to Parliament, that teacher assessment will be a component of the assessment. 

If you have any questions, speak to your tutor. 

Please rest assured that we are acting as quickly and effectively as we can in the best interests of our students, their wellbeing and futures in a frequently changing situation. 


Update 5 January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a further national lockdown on 4 January 2021, the College will be following the DFE (Department for Education) guidance to move all learning online with some exceptions - outlined below.  Further updates will be published here and posted to our social media channels when available.

  • Our Beverley and Bridlington campuses will remain open for specific groups only. These include vulnerable learners (high needs, those with Education Health Care Plans), children of critical workers and teacher training students. These learners will be contacted directly by their tutors if the exemptions apply to them.  The St. James Centre in Hull will be closed to all learners. We are not permitted to accommodate other learners on site (including apprentices) during the lockdown period. 


  • Vocational exams scheduled for January will proceed (COVID-securely) unless the DFE, Ofqual or the individual Awarding Organisations cancel them.  It will be for individual learners and their families to decide whether they should sit exams or not.  We do not have the legal authority to cancel public examinations.  On demand/online tests/exams, are to be rescheduled wherever possible. Your tutors will have the latest information on what is happening for your course.


  • From 6 January 2021 opening hours at both main campuses will revert to non-term time opening hours. The refectories at both campuses will remain open for the time being, with reduced menus for those learners and staff that need them. 


  • We will continue to provide emotional and wellbeing support to all learners via the enrichment, guidance and learner coach teams.  More details about accessing safeguarding support can be found here



  • We are going to be setting up on-site COVID-19 testing centres for staff and learners.   We will keep you informed of developments regarding testing on site.  Testing will be optional for both staff and students.


  • We have already begun issuing devices to learners that need them to work remotely from home.  If you need to borrow a device to work from home, speak to your tutor.


  • Bursary learners and learners entitled to free lunches will receive payments directly into their bank accounts, until at least February half-term.


  • Those learners who do attend college must maintain social distancing at all times and use face coverings. Remember: HANDS / FACE / SPACE





Online/remote learning information



Online learning and remote study guides

There are online learning and remote study guides below, along with information about additional support arrangements. Please keep checking this page for the latest information.

Remote/online learning guidelines

Applicant Frequently Asked Questions 

Success Centre Remote Access

Success Centre Remote Access

Safeguarding Advice and Support


These are unprecedented times and we would like to take this opportunity to reassure learners and parents that they will be as fully supported as possible. 

Staying COVID safe

All learners and families are urged to continue to access and follow the relevant online advice and guidance from Public Health England.

Please be assured that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the College environment is safe to attend and learn effectively.  

See our summary of the steps we have taken

View a copy of our risk assessment


Mental health and well-being support


Working safely online

Here's some links to where you can seek additional support and advice with online safety:

Further resources for parents can be found on our parents page


Previous Updates

Update 31 December 2020

In line with the latest government guidance issued on the December 30th, we are having to re-plan how we will deliver your course in the first two weeks of January. Your safety remains our most important consideration and we would ask you to read carefully the sections of this statement that apply to you.

All Students:

  • If you have covid-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or you lose your sense of smell or taste you must not attend college, this applies even if you have an exam. You need to arrange a coronavirus test as soon as possible. Further guidance is available at If you are worried about missing an exam you can contact your Tutor.
  • To protect yourself and others wear a face covering in public and circulation spaces, wash and sanitise your hands regularly, and maintain social distancing at all times. 
  • If you are under 18 and the child of a critical worker, have and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or you are a vulnerable learner, you can choose to attend College in person. You need to contact your Tutor to discuss this on Monday 4thJanuary.
  • As soon as possible in January we will be putting a Covid-19 testing centre into operation at our Beverley, Bridlington and Hull campuses. We will provide you with more details when you are due to return to face-to-face teaching.
  • There will be no teaching at all on the 4thJanuary, you are not expected to attend college or do online learning on this day.


Any scheduled BTEC exams will be going ahead as planned – but you are only required to attend to sit your exam. Your tutors will advise you if this applies to you.

FE Students of any age:

4th January 2021

There will be no formal teaching for anyone on the 4th January. This is to allow your teachers time to plan learning and resources they need in readiness for online and remote learning.

Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th January 2021

If you have a planned exam it will be running as scheduled.You should attend college in person only for your scheduled exams. For all other learners this is a week of online and remote learning. Your tutors will contact you with further details as soon as they can.

Monday 11th- Friday 15th 2021

If you have a planned exam it will be running as scheduled.  All other lessons will take place remotely and you should not attend site.

 Monday 18th January 2021

ALL FE learners return to face-to-face delivery, unless current government guidelines change.

HE Students

In accordance with national guidance, HE students will not return to face-to-face delivery until the 18th January. Online and remote learning will continue between the 5th and 22nd of January. The HE area in the E-learning Centre will remain open for access to the library and IT if you need it.

The exceptions to this are PGCE students students who will return to face-to-face delivery as per government guidance from the 5th January.

Your lecturers will be in contact to advise you of the learning you will be undertaking over the next three weeks.


If you are an apprentice that infills with FE students you will be returning to face-to-face delivery from the 18th. Between the 5th and 15th of January you will be set work to do remotely or sent an invitation to be taught online.

If you are an apprentice in a discrete group where you do not mix with FE students you will be returning to face-to-face delivery from the 5th January.  Your tutor will contact you with more details.


Update 2 December 2020

The East Riding has now entered Tier 3: Very High Alert local restrictions, which means that the College remains open.  For guidance on other activities, you can refer to the Very High Alert Guidance 

Update 13 November 2020

Please can we remind students of the importance of the lockdown laws currently in place and the potential consequences of breaching the rules.

Classroom ‘bubbles’ are for classrooms only, you must not mix in groups of more than 2 outside of the classroom. In an outdoor setting one student can only meet with one other person from another household and social distancing must still be maintained. 

We realise this may be difficult, but it's important that we all follow the rules to keep everybody safe.

The Police will issue fines for breach of the rules and if students are under 18, parents will be fined.

If you feel you need support or someone to talk to please make an appointment with guidance services who will be able to signpost you to the relevant support.

Alongside the national rules, East Riding College have issued additional rules, you must wear a face covering BEFORE entering the building and in all public areas of the College, including corridors.  You should sanitise your hands regularly throughout the day including on arrival.

The College has implemented a one way system to enable social distancing and you must follow the signs. 

Failure to follow the College's own rules will result in disciplinary action.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping the East Riding College community stay safe.

Update 15 June 2020

The College is now open to a wider group of learners, who will be invited in on a priority basis.  Students will be contacted direct by their tutor/curriculum area if they are in one of the groups invited to return.

Please be assured that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the College environment is safe to attend and learn effectively.  

See our summary of the steps we have taken

View a copy of our risk assessment

Tutors or assessors will contact you individually with more details about how the phased re-opening will affect you

We will expect all learners to adhere to specific requirements to help keep themselves, other learners and staff safe, such as observing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene/sanitation.  In order to keep everyone safe, this may also mean that some of the normal facilities and spaces within the College are not available to you.  Those invited to return will be sent further guidance, including an online 'induction' so you can familiarise yourself with the new procedures.

Please remember that even while you are not on site, our support services are still available to you, including safeguarding, counselling and guidance support in relation to your next steps.  

We look forward to welcoming you back into the College buildings on your return.  If you have any concerns in the meantime, please contact your tutor or assessor in the first instance.