Further education remote learning
What remote education is available during national lockdown, or for students who are required to self-isolate?
All lessons and activities will continue as scheduled, but remotely during the national lockdown.
How will students access their classes and assessments?
As we are experienced in virtual learning, all of our existing online services will continue to be used throughout this period of greater restrictions.
BIMM online sessions utilise Microsoft Teams, Zoom and BIMM VLE as the main interfaces for learning. Tutors may also utilise a variety of educational and music platforms such as Padlet, Kahoot, Bandlab and Soundtrap. All of which are provided at no cost to the student.
Live lessons and masterclasses are delivered via Zoom, with the links to classes shared securely via Moodle.
How will I be assessed?
Our Further Education courses are RSL qualifications. We are waiting on guidance from RSL as to how lockdown any affect the timing of controlled assessments, however all other assessments will continue virtually wherever possible, and alternative arrangements made for physical assessments where necessary. Your Course Leader / Programme Leader will communicate any changes as soon as possible.
Following the implementation of Centre Assessed Grades for academic year 2019-20, our college teams are working in partnership with Awarding Organisation RSL to develop existing systems and procedures in preparation for Ofqual’s announcement on how Vocational qualifications will be graded academic year 2020-21.
What is expected of students?
Students are expected to attend all classes and engage with all assessments as directed by their Course Leader / Programme Leader. If individual circumstances prevent this, then students should contact their Course Leader / Programme Leader or Student Support Officer immediately to enable us to assist.
How do students access specialist equipment or remote learning devices during lockdown?
Some students will already have the equipment required to continue with their learning, but not all. Anyone who is unable to access equipment may be eligible for support. Students should contact their Student Support Officer immediately if this is the case and we will investigate all available options to minimise any disruption.
How do students with Special Education Needs and Disability access support?
The BIMM Learning Support teams continue to support learners while studying online, and can be reached via their usual email address and college phone number, and any existing support plans will continue throughout lockdown.
As per Government guidance, we have limited onsite access for vulnerable students and the children of critical workers, who can still attend on-site. Vulnerable learners that are able to access this provision will be contacted by the FE Student Support Team.
BIMM has implemented a comprehensive system of protective measures that ensures all risks are well managed and controlled. All aspects of our provision are subject to ongoing internal and external risk assessments, with mitigations considered and updated daily to reflect this.
|Brighton||Dani Wilde (MP2)
Michael Bowes (MP3-1)
Pippa Moyle (MP3-2)
Amaziah Davis (SW3)
Zoe Martin (MPLSE3)
|London||Kelly Lethbridge (Performance)
Ray Tovey (Production)
Jimmy Owen (Songwriting)
|Birmingham||Steve McCarthy (Course Leader)
Damian Wilkes (Deputy Course Leader)
|Bristol||Sean Snook (Course Leader)||[email protected]|
|Brighton||Stephanie Hayward & Sarah Robinson||[email protected]|
|London||Amy Pugh & Mathew Atkinson||[email protected]|
|Birmingham||Mark Lewis & Lucy Palmer||[email protected]|
|Manchester||Helen Kirwan & Joe Taylor||[email protected]|
|Bristol||Lucy Hather & Maya Preston||[email protected]|
College phone numbers
|London||020 8749 3131|
|Birmingham||0121 726 3959|
|Manchester||0161 244 8210|
|Bristol||0117 980 7060|
Additional support contacts
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