Coronavirus FAQ

Page updated 22 May

It is important that all current apprentices understand that the outcome of their qualification/course will take into account a number of elements.  This may include, assessment results achieved to date, course work, and other predicted outcomes. 

Apprentices will still have work to submit/undertake  in order to achieve their qualifications and therefore, must continue to engage with their lecturer or Curriculum Manager.  

Discussions on work-based/practical activities are ongoing with the relevant awarding bodies and we will update all students when further information becomes available.  This includes placements and apprenticeship programmes.

We will do everything we can to support students during this challenging time. 

The SQA are still in the process of working with SQA accreditation and Ofqual to find solutions to gathering evidence for the VQ components of these awards. Other awarding bodies are exploring alternative means of gathering evidence which is slowly filtering through and being circulated to the appropriate staff. The most recent SQA update on accredited qualifications can be found here.

You can also find further FAQs on the SDS website by clicking here.

Apprentices should continue to keep in touch with their contact at the College.

We have created a guide for teaching teams using the published SQA guidance to support them in making appropriate estimations for each student for the National Certificate (NC) and National Progression Award (NPA) elements of a Foundation Apprenticeship.

We are awaiting further direction from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in assessing the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) units of a Foundation Apprenticeship.

You can also find further FAQs on the SDS website by clicking here.

Foundation Apprentices should continue to keep in touch with their Lecturer(s) and Curriculum Manager.

If you have anxieties about the current situation and feel you would benefit from additional wellbeing support – please drop an email to wellbeing@forthvalley.ac.uk or contact learneradvisers@forthvalley.ac.uk  

College SDS Advisers are happy to offer careers guidance and support during college and SDS centre closures.

Please contact gillian.wilson@sds.co.uk (Falkirk), christine.blair@sds.co.uk (Stirling) and adam.nicolson@sds.co.uk (Alloa).