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Sandwell College Student newsletter – June – September 2021 edition

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COVID Testing Update

24th March 2021

COVID Testing Update

Dear Student,

I am writing to update you on the next stage of our COVID testing procedure. We have now tested thousands of our students at College to make sure that your return to learning on site is as safe as possible. In line with guidance from the government, our students will now test themselves at home using test kits given to them at College.

This is voluntary but you are encouraged to test yourself regularly to help give you and your peers even more protection and keep us all safe. You should test twice each week as soon as you receive your test kit, even during the Easter break.

It is important for you to log your test results in two places:

1.         The College’s reporting system

2.         The Government site:

This is so your test result can be traced, which means sharing some of your information: name, test result and test kit reference number. Your College is able to collect and store test result data. We have shared with your parent or carer some more detail on how we do this safely and properly. If you would like to know more about how we use data and the privacy processes in place at College please let us know.

The QR codes below have been developed to make it as easy as possible for you to log results. These will also be available in hard copy at College.

We are here to help if you need any further guidance and support, please contact your tutor or one of the Programme Achievement Managers. By working together, we can ensure that you continue to have a safe and valuable learning journey at the College.

Yours sincerely,


Director of Student Services

Student Covid Art

To mark one year of lockdowns Level 2 and Level 3 1st years art students at Sandwell College have created and exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture and digital art.

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Sandwell College have implemented an on-line Discretionary Learner Support Fund Application (DLSF) for this academic year.


Support is provided to vulnerable and disadvantaged learners to remove barriers to education and training to learners whose household income does not exceed an upper household income of £32,600

You will need to complete the on-line DLSF application if you are a returning student or a new student attending the college.

All applications are assessed based on the evidence that you upload with your DLSF application therefore it is important that you follow the evidence guidelines listed below.

  • Evidence needs to be complete and in date as requested in the on-line application
  • ALL pages need to be uploaded in full, showing name and address, if more than 1 page the consecutive pages need to display the page numbers
  • In care/Leaving care letter provided by social services – If eligible
  • Relevant (as listed) sate benefit letter dated within the last 12 weeks
  • Most recent Universal Credit statement – all pages
  • Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits 2020/2021 – all pages
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – copy of both sides of Application   Registration Card (ARC) and ASPEN Card
  • If not in receipt of any above the provide P60 or 3 x consecutive wage slips (showing name and address) from who you live with

You will need to follow the QR Link below for the DLSF Application Form                                           

or use URL link

Message from Angela Tombs, Director of Student Services

Supporting You As Students Through Lockdown

As a valued student of Sandwell College, we want you to know we are here for you, whatever you need. We understand you might be anxious about your studies and exams or just worried about life in general during this difficult lockdown period. There are many ways we can help you and we have a whole range of support services available to you to access.

We can support you with careers and university application advice, and put you in touch with mentors you can talk to if you’re feeling you’ve lost your way and you’re in need of a bit of direction. You can use our counselling service, get financial help or contact us for official college letters through our Welfare team. All of the email addresses you’ll need are listed below.

We are now moving lessons fully online and you’ll continue to follow your usual timetable. Because of the increasing number of COVID cases locally and nationally we have made the difficult decision not to proceed with the January exams. This is to protect our staff and students, and we want to reassure you that no student will be disadvantaged by this. It is a difficult decision given the amount of work we know you have put in, but our number one priority is your health and wellbeing.

click the link below to download the full document