Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding coronavirus and to best protect the health and safety of all of our students, the College suspended all face-to-face classes on Monday 16 March.
In line with Government guidance campuses will remain closed for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as soon as we are able to.
Please remember, our campuses may be closed but our dedicated staff are working from home and are here to help you with your studies during this time.
Your health and safety is our highest priority, please read the rules introduced by the Government on staying at home and away from others.
Additional provision has been put into place to enable you to continue to study at home during this time.
We understand that you will be concerned about the impact that this may have on your studies and progression. We'd like to emphasise that this situation is national and reassure you that we are speaking with external agencies to limit the longer-term impact on everybody.
ASSESSMENT & RESULTING UPDATE
Session 2019-20– Exceptional circumstance assessment arrangements for HNC, HND, NC, NPA and NQ Freestanding Units
Following the closure of our campuses, all face-to-face teaching and assessment was suspended. At that point, assessment for most students was incomplete.
A model for generating additional assessment evidence has been agreed for HNC, HND, NC, NPA and NQ Freestanding Units. This will be carried out by the team of College staff who are delivering your award (the Course team). The model ensures that students will be recognised for their hard work and the learning they have achieved, whilst maintaining appropriate standards required by the awarding bodies.
Session 2019-20 – Exceptional circumstance assessment arrangements for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Qualifications
Following the Scottish Government's announcement that the 2020 exam diet can no longer go ahead due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Scottish education system has been working to ensure that learners hard work is rightly and fairly recognised.
For this session, therefore, the College has been asked to submit estimated grades for all candidates undertaking National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards. These grades will be based on the knowledge, understanding and skills already demonstrated by students during this academic session. To provide reassurance as to the integrity of these estimates, the SQA will moderate estimates to ensure consistency across colleges/schools and fairness to candidates.
Estimates will be submitted to SQA by the end of May and you should receive your results in the normal manner in August 2020.
Session 2019-20 – Exceptional circumstance assessment arrangements for SVQs and Professional Development Awards
We are still awaiting confirmation from examining bodies on how SVQ and some PDA courses will be resulted; we will share this information as soon as it becomes available. Where subject-specific PDA guidance has been issued, course teams will contact students to advise them regarding the requirement for any additional assessment evidence, as appropriate and on an individual basis.
We have developed a set of frequently asked questions to answer any queries you have about completing your studies;, each section contains information specific to different course levels. If you have any further questions or are worried about the resulting process please speak to your lecturers.
CONTINUING TO STUDY AT HOME
Please use these helpful guides to help you with studying at home:
STUDENT GUIDE – Accessing Moodle
STUDENT GUIDE - Accessing your College H:Drive
STUDENT GUIDE – Accessing my College emails
STUDENT GUIDE – Accessing MyEC
STUDENT GUIDE – Using Moodle
STUDENT GUIDE – Using Moodle
Please note: your username is your student ID number with ec at the start.
If you have forgotten or don't know your Student ID number, please contact the Student Records team who will send you the number directly.
If you have forgotten your password please call IT Support on 0131 297 9090 between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. If you can answer some basic security questions they can reset your password for you over the phone.
We've tried to answer all of your questions in our FAQs, if there's anything we've not covered please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get the answers for you.
If you have any specific questions about funding or bursaries, please contact email@example.com.
It is important that you continue to follow the advice provided by the Government and public health agencies during this time to keep yourself and others protected.
We understand that this is an anxious time for everybody and want to reassure you that we're still here to help even though you're not in College. If you'd like any support or just a chat, contact our Guidance and Wellbeing teams on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I have learning support needs, who can I speak to?
Please contact our Student Experience team on 0131 297 8300 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Our Students' Association are also here to help. Please get in touch with them if you need any advice or support via:
Email - email@example.com
Phone - 0131 297 9500 (10am-4pm, Monday to Friday)
Twitter – twitter.com/ECSAonline
Facebook – facebook.com/ECSAonline
Instagram – instagram.com/ECSAonline
Here are some other resources that might help you during this time:
Key email contacts for students:
Please continue to take care of yourselves and others during this time.