Welcome to 2020 Students

We can't wait to welcome all of our new and returning students for 2020-21. Here you will find all the information you need for getting started with us including induction details, timetables, support available and health and safety information.

Thank you for choosing to study at West Lothian College. Although many of our classes will be online and through blended learning initially, based on our experiences of the teaching, providing support and key services remotely over the last few months, we’re confident in the quality of experience that all students will receive whilst studying with us.

We are here to support you and help you achieve your full potential; giving you the tools, experience and knowledge to succeed in your chosen career path! 

Induction timetables

As we finalise details for all students starting with us this year, we are delighted to publish our induction timetables for 2020. These will take place from the middle of September, with the majority of inductions taking place online. Our staff can't wait to welcome all students to college. The induction will allow you to meet your lecturers, find out a bit more about your course and year ahead and meet your classmates. 

To view your induction timetable click the appropriate link for your area of study:

If you are studying Accounting, Business, Creative, Art, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing or Hospitality you will belong to the Faculty of Business, Creative and Enterprise and you can find your induction timetable here: 

Faculty of Business Creative and Enterprise 

If you are studying Childhood Practice, Sport and Fitness, Health and Social Care, Science or Social Science you will belong to the Faculty of Care, Health and Sport and you can find your induction timetable here: 

Faculty of Care, Health and Sport

If you are studying Languages, Travel and Tourism or Assisted Learning you will belong to the Faculty of Access, Employability and Schools and you can find your induction timetable here: 

Faculty of Access, Employability and Schools

If you are studying Built Environment, Engineering, Construction, Computing or Automotive Engineering you will belong to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment and you can find your induction timetable here: 

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Your lecturer will be in touch with more details for your induction shortly if your induction is due to take place remotely. 

If your induction is taking place on campus, please follow the signs onsite which will direct you to the correct room.

If you can't make your induction date or time, have any questions or are not sure about anything please email enquiries@west-lotahian.ac.uk 

Induction videos

Not only will you get an induction with you class and lecturer but our support teams such as Student Support, Bursaries and Moodle teams have provided a welcome to guide for all students starting with us this year. Watch the videos and meet our support teams here:

Induction 2020.

Full-time and part-time courses

Full-time and part-time courses will start in the week beginning 21 September, with inductions for full-time students taking place in the week beginning 14 September.

Student timetables can be found here: 2020/21 timetables 

A reminder that the majority of students will be taught online initially, with some learning activities taking place face-to-face on campus where appropriate. Our student support services will also be delivered predominately through online technologies, supplemented by on campus provision where necessary. More details on this will be discussed with your lecturer at induction. 

Campus changes and key information 

Health and safety on campus

Whilst there will only be limited numbers of staff and students on campus at any one time this year, it is important to remember key information for when you are on campus, including: 

  • If you, or anyone in your household, are displaying Covid-19 symptoms please don't visit our campus and self-isolate for 14 days. You can still continue to study and progress with your course online from home as normal should you or anyone in your household have Covid-19 symptoms. For more information on Covid-19 and self-isolating visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
  • We have adapted our campus to ensure that you will be safely distanced from others when on campus 
  • We have installed hand sanitisers around the campus for you to use regularly 
  • We have new signage to remind you of the guidance and measures in place to keep you and everyone on campus safe
  • We have increased the level of cleaning taking place on campus, in line with Scottish Government Advice
  • Be kind and remember, we are all in this together - some students can't wait to get back to campus whereas others may be feeling anxious and nervous

It is also important to remember, that if you have been on campus in the past 2 weeks, or are due to be on site, and have tested positive for Covid-19, are self isolating or have symptoms that you let us know by completing the below form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iUucjAwWfkydNqutbxsdZ23tuNELVvdPj16n1iSyme1UMUdOQlZKSENDTFNEQVpOTEtBTjhTRjY4TS4u

Significant measures have taken to manage a safe return to our campus and ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, students and visitors. For more information on a safe return to college, we encourage all students to visit: 

COVID-19 - KEEPING OUR STAFF, STUDENTS AND VISITORS SAFE

Face coverings

Following Government guidance regarding facial coverings in Schools, Shops and other indoor space in Scotland, face coverings should be worn indoors at college wherever a 2 metre distance is not possible.

Face coverings should not generally be required when students are seated in classrooms or other learning and teaching environments as social distancing measures will be in place. 

Similar to other changes around the campus, this decision has been taken following Government and NHS guidance and is in place to protect and ensure the safety of everyone on our campus. 

Covid-19 testing

The Scottish Government have issued a letter containing advice for students on what to do if they develop cold or flu-like symptoms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This letter can be viewed here

No smoking 

Following Government and NHS guidance, the college campus will be a no smoking campus for 2020/21. This means students and staff will not be permitted to smoke anywhere on campus, including the smoking bubble area. The health and safety of our staff, students and visitors is of paramount importance and this decision has been taken with this in mind. 

Canteen

The canteen and coffee pod will be offering a limited menu, initially, during the start of the 2020 term. This will include free soup and roll for students, plus a limited selection of hot and cold items for sale. 

There will also be a limited amount of space for students to enjoy their break in the canteen, although this will be set up to encourage social distancing. 

If possible we encourage students to use the outside space to enjoy their break socially distanced whilst on campus. 

Support for students

Our student support team, college counsellors and other support is available free of charge to all students at the college. We are here to help you and ensure that you have the support available whilst studying with us to successfully complete your course and achieve your potential, whether that is learning support, mental health support, someone to talk to, financial support or other means, we know that studying at college can be challenging, so we have a wide range of support available for you whilst you are a student with us. 

The College are urging those who are struggling with mental health and suicidal thoughts to speak out and ask for support, reminding students and the community that there are a range of organisations, charities and resources available.

See more info on suicide prevention and support available here.

To find out more about support services available at the college visit: Student Support at West Lothian College 

You can see our a welcome from our Student Support team in their induction video.

ICT Support

We want to ensure all students have the sufficient ICT equipment and access at home to successfully undertake and complete their course. We will be contacting all students over the next few weeks to ascertain what support is required for students studying from home. 

If you don't hear from us prior to your induction please email us with any support needs by sending an email to supportlearning@west-Lothian.ac.uk

College library

Unfortunately, the library facilities (such as the PCs, photocopying and study space) will be unavailable until further notice. 

You are still able to rent and return books by using our click and collect service. More details on this service can be found on Moodle or by visiting: 

Click/Phone and College Library Service

There are also a wide range of library and study resources online, which can be found here: 

Electronic Books

If you have any questions about the library or if you are looking for alternative study space please either speak to your lecturer or email library@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Our librarians give you some more info in this welcome video.

Bus passes 

If you are an FE student living out-with 2 miles of the college campus and wish to apply for a bus pass please email Student Funds on bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk with your name and date of birth and state that you wish to apply for a bus pass. This will allow us to have your bus pass ready for you starting your course.

Virtual Freshers

Don't forget about freshers! We've teamed up with Freshers Festival UK to offer you our first ever Virtual Freshers Festival on 22-24 September 2020!

Click the link to get your FREE TICKET.

Welcome to West Lothian College survey 

We want to hear about your experience of applying for a course with us this year. Fill out this short survey below and you could be in with a chance of winning a £50 Centre Voucher: 

https://wlcollege.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/welcome-to-west-lothian-college-2020

Follow us and keep up-to-date

Remember, that all information will posted on our website, social media channels and sent to your email address. So please ensure you follow us on social media and keep your email address on file up-to-date for any announcements or information. 

Remember, that emails from us can sometimes also get stuck in some servers junk folders. Please check your junk folder if you can't find an email from us initially. 

Key contacts

If you are due to study with us in 2020 and don't yet have your lecturers details you can get in touch with us by using the below contact details: 

Still have questions? Click here to visit our FAQs page