This page will be used to provide any updates regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) for students, staff and other stakeholders.

Updated 1/7/20, 12:30

Please be aware that the college is still open virtually for applications, support and other key services during the summer break.

Academic Year 2020/21

Details on the start date for 2020/21 courses, including FAQs can be found here: 

Start date for College courses 2020/21

Graduation 

For updates on the 2020 Graduation ceremony visit: West Lothian College 2020 Graduation - update

Applications and support 

Although our campus is closed we are available and continuing to operate online for most services during the summer break such as applications, interviews for applicants, student support, student funds and any queries. More information on these can be found below.

To apply for a course visit: https://www.west-lothian.ac.uk/help-advice/final-spaces-for-august-2020/

Or use the contact details at the footer of this page, where staff will be on hand to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Watch our message from the Principal video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utIzC1W0_eg&t=9s 

#VirtuallyOpen #ChooseCollege

HN, Higher and National grades

All information regarding HN, Higher and National qualifications can be found here: SQA qualifications support

If you have any queries please email marketing@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Foundation Apprenticeships 

For all information and FAQs regarding Foundation Apprenticeships visit: Covid-19 FAQs for Foundation Apprenticeships

For more information read the below statement from SQA and Skills Development Scotland regarding completion of Foundation Apprenticeships:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/94278.html

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please email marketing@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Progression

If you are concerned about how the Covid-19 disruption may impact your progression from one level to the next within college, please contact us by emailing enquiries@west-lothian.ac.uk

If you are planning to progress to university this Autumn and have questions about how this may work, click here to read the latest HE update, with contact details for all Scottish universities should you wish to discuss your application. 

Finance information 

If you are a continuing student due to start your next course with us in 2020 and you are struggling financially during the summer break please email bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk in the first instance and we will try to provide appropriate support, for example what DWP benefits maybe available to you, how to get access of foodbank vouchers and information on housing benefit. You can also contact the Student Funds team by phone on 07783717800 or 07515455876.

Some helpful tips and guidance on student funding and other finance information for students can be found here: https://www.studentinformation.gov.scot/

Student support  

If you are due to start a course with us in 2020 there are a range of student support measures in place to support you during the summer break, before commencing your course with us. Including:

Student support team

Our student support team are still working throughout the summer. If you are anxious about starting a course with us, want to chat to a member of our team or need any support please email supportlearning@west-lothian.ac.uk

Big White Wall professional support

West Lothian College students and applicants due to start at the college in 2020 going through a tough time can access free online support with Big White Wall. You will have access to a 24/7 online global community and professional support from trained professionals.

To access this service email supportlearning@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Big White Wall have also published a guide on looking after yourself during Covid-19. You can find it here: Looking After Yourself During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Emergency support

If you are struggling with your mental health or have suicidal thoughts and require immediate attention please contact your doctor, NHS111 or one of the organisations listed here.  

Other useful support and guidance

Read the SAMH guidance on Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing here: www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing

SAMH have also put together a directory of support for students here: SAMH Mental Health Support

You can find a full list of useful organisations who can provide help and support here. Please be aware some of these organisations may be operating under amended opening hours due to the current situation.

Interviews and scheduled entry assessments

All applications are still being reviewed by staff and we will contact you by email to update you on the status of your application. Telephone or virtual interviews may be arranged with you by a member of staff.  

The normal timescales will not apply as it may take us longer to contact you than normal.  

If you have any queries about a full-time or schools programme please email enquiries@west-lothian.ac.uk. For part-time courses please email studentadvice@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Communication from the college

We will use the email address you registered your application with for any formal college correspondence, as well as our website and social media channels.  

Please make sure your email address is up-to-date on your MyCollege account.

College buildings 

The college campus is currently closed for all stakeholders.

Contact details 

Due to the closure of the college campus our telephone number is currently unavailable for contact. We encourage any questions or concerns to be sent to the appropriate email addresses as stated below or message us on social media where we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Useful Links

Further updates 

The above information may be subject to change. Updates will be posted on the college's website and social media whenever available. 

This page was last updated at 12:30 on 1/07/2020

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