From 15th June 2020, the College will be open for those year 12 students who have confirmed they wish to return and receive face to face study.

Lessons will take place in small groups and will follow the latest Government advice and guidelines.  Staff will be adopting safe working practices and will be on-hand to help students and offer guidance and support.

All year 12 students are encouraged to attend, however we appreciate that for a variety of reasons some may be unable to. We will continue to support all students with online learning through various distance learning resources.


Exams Update

The awarding of Qualifications will be different in Summer 2020.  Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions have led to the cancellation of exams and prevented many assessments from being taken as planned.

Ofqual, the exams regulator, has designed an approach that is fair to learners and ensures, as far as possible, that they receive results to enable them to progress to the next stage of their lives without further disruption. Awarding organisations will be drawing on a range of evidence to ensure that results will be as reliable and consistent as possible, so that they are worthy of public confidence and valued by education providers and employers as much as any other year.

As Bury College receives confirmation from Awarding Bodies regarding calculated grades for learners who are due to complete units, assessments or exams in Summer 2020, our exams department will be in touch to let you know how the process for each students specific course.


Virtual Learning Environment

All students will be expected to use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which allows access to teaching and learning resources. The VLE is a professional platform which should only be used to communicate with peers and tutors in a responsible learning manner.

The following resources have been put in place to support learning:


Remote Access

Details on how to access email, the VLE and the desktop portal can be found on the link below:


Tutor Feedback

Tutors will be available during the period of virtual learning. They will be able to be contacted via email and through professional chatrooms on the VLE.  As mentioned above, the scope and nature of this work will depend on the exam replacement process.


Support, Safeguarding and Welfare

Students with an EHCP: Personal Tutors, Progress Coaches, Support Workers and Co-ordinators will maintain regular contact with students and parents /carers. Support is available online via the VLE and also staff/student college email. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the ALS team via email

Please follow the link below to our safeguarding and welfare information

For more information on Covid-19 please visit the government website

Further updates from the Government will be issued and the College will update once they are available.


Latest updates:

  • For the latest updates from Public Health England please click here
  • To find out more from the World Health Organisation please click here
  • To use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if you think you might have coronavirus please click here


Customer Announcement

The wellbeing and safety of our customers and visitors are of the utmost importance. Due to national circumstances regarding the coronavirus we are reviewing some of the activities at the college. We have chosen to take appropriate precautionary measures and close the Restaurant and Salon.

Please note – the Restaurant and Salon facilities will remain closed until further notice.


Community Learning

Please note, all learning workshops held in community venues have been cancelled as a precautionary measure until further notice.


Whether you are a current Bury College student, or an applicant looking to join us this September, we have put together some useful updates and information to help you with any questions that you may have.

Information for current Bury College students:


I am struggling to access my work remotely – what can I do?

If you’re struggling with connecting, you can contact IT Services by emailing and someone will help you further.


What support is available from my tutors?

Tutors will be available during the period of virtual learning. They will be able to be contacted via email and through professional chatrooms on the VLE. 



If I am entitled to ‘Free School Meals’ and a Bursary will I continue to receive these?

Those students who previously received a Free School Meal allowance on their ID card will now receive a payment to the equivalent value directly into their bank accounts. 

Payments will be made on the following dates:

Monday 30th March  

Monday 27th April

Monday 11th May

Monday 1st June

Monday 15th June

If for any reason you do not receive the first payment, or you have any concerns please contact


Bursary payments will continue to be paid unless we are advised otherwise however payments made specifically for travel costs will not continue beyond March as they are no longer essential to study.  Payments will be made on the previously planned dates as follows:

Monday 30th March  

Monday 27th April – to include Bury College University Centre Bursary

Monday 11th May

Monday 1st June

Monday 15th June


I am an apprentice – how will I be supported?

As the college has now moved to virtual learning, visits from Learning Skills Coaches will not take place. However, we will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress through your apprenticeship.


Please regularly check your Onefile account and complete set tasks to maximise your progress with your apprenticeship. Your Learning and Skills Coach will set tasks that you can complete either at home or in your place of work. If you do not have access to a computer with internet connection please inform your Learning and Skills Coach as soon as possible.



What other external support is available?

Bury Connexions are offering help and practical support during this difficult time. If you are aged 14-19 and need some support please call the young person’s helpline using the following details:


Bury Connexions Service

Young person’s helpline


0161 253 7733

Monday to Friday




Information for Applicants:


I have applied to join Bury College this September – what will happen next?

If you have applied and accepted your offer then you will be invited to enrol at the College in August. You will receive more information about this via email over the summer.

If you have applied and not yet accepted your offer then you can do this via one of three ways:



Telephone: 0161 280 8200


I am interested in applying to Bury College – is it too late?

We are continuing to accept applications and places are still available for this September. Please apply via the link below and a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to organise a telephone interview.

Apply here: 



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