Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and employees whilst also ensuring that high quality learning can continue.
Following the Government announcement on 12 July, Blackpool and the Fylde College (including Fleetwood Nautical Campus) has reviewed its Covid protocols and the impact of the new Government measures on our students from 19 July.
The College’s student support services also remain available to all members of the community. You'll find below a wide range of wellbeing services and resources. For additional information, check out 10 ways to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.
Health and safety
Safeguarding and your wellbeing
We support students in 'Being Safe and Feeling Safe'.
If you feel unsafe or are at risk of being unsafe - speak directly to your tutor or another member of College staff.
If you cannot contact anyone at College and feel you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, or feel you are at risk of danger from others, call:
- 101 for situations that do not require an immediate police response.
- 999 if you are in an emergency situation
For non-urgent medical help contact the National Health Services (NHS) - either by phone or online:
- Your GP – your GP contact details will be available on-line.
- Blackpool Urgent Treatment Centre (Walk-in Centre): 01253 953953. Get contact details and opening times.
- NHS helpline on 111 (the 111 service is extremely busy -expect a wait), or NHS online via 111.nhs.uk.
Other useful support networks are:
- Mental Health Helpline: 0800 616171
- Samaritans: Freephone 116123 (available 24 hours a day)
- Childline (for under-19s): 0800 1111
Staying safe online
'Being Safe and Feeling Safe' includes staying safe online.
Here are some useful resources to help you stay safe online:
- Cyberaware is the UK government's guidance on how to follow their six top tips for staying safe online.
- thinkuknow.co.uk is from National Crime Agency - CEOP, which has advice about staying safe when on a phone, tablet or computer.
- saferinternet.org.uk includes tips, advice, guides and resources for non-experts to help keep safe online.
- childline.org.uk is a great resource to help you keep safe, and what to do when things go wrong. Some of the topics covered are tips to staying safe online, keeping your information secure, and how to spot fake news.
- ceop.police.uk is for safely and securely reporting online sexual abuse, whether you have been the victim of online sexual abuse or you’re worried this is happening to someone that you know.
- reportharmfulcontent.com guides you through reporting and removing harmful material from social media.
B&FC Prevent Strategy
Here is the Blackpool and The Fylde College Prevent Strategy (you must be a member of the B&FC community to view this resource).
Safety on campus
We adhere to all UK government guidelines as a minimum. On campus, this means:
All your timetabled sessions will be conducted face-to-face on Campus unless otherwise informed by the tutor. Students who will require to self-isolate will be participating is sessions remotely through MS Teams.
We require everyone who is able to wear a face covering to do so in all areas except when seated in eateries. In the unlikely event that a student chooses not to wear a face covering and declines to present an exemption certificate to support wearing of a face visor or chooses not to wear a face visor is agreed then to study remotely. Additional measures might be considered.
You will be required to complete lateral flow test twice per week and report all results, including void and negative, on NHS web site.
All buildings have been comprehensively surveyed to ensure we maintain social distancing requirements. New COVID-19 signage with dedicated entrances and exits, will help students safely navigate our campus buildings.
We clean and disinfect to UK government-advised standards and provide additional hand sanitising stations and cleaning materials throughout campuses.
We have increased cleaning throughout our buildings to ensure all study, teaching and social spaces are as safe as possible.
We have increased building ventilation systems in compliance with Health and Safety Executive COVID-19 guidelines.
We undertake random temperature checks across all of our campuses.
We all have a role to play in making sure that the College is as safe as possible. We all need to work to support each other, to behave respectfully and consider how our actions may affect others.
Follow the latest government and College guidance related to reducing the spread of COVID-19. This may change with short notice so take personal responsibility for keeping up to date with the latest information.
Stay 1m+ apart where possible, observing signage around campus.
Don’t remain in communal areas on campus for longer than necessary.
Practice good hygiene, washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitiser.
Take responsibility for cleaning your own work station.
Follow the NHS Test and Trace guidance below if you have any symptoms or are contacted.
Stay warm - stay safe
To safeguard us all against COVID-19 it is essential we maintain good levels of ventilation circulating fresh air through all our campuses.
This is in line with government guidance. It means in many areas and where practical and safe we need to keep doors (not internal fire doors) and windows ajar for natural ventilation. This will also help to reduce contact with door handles, which though they are regularly cleaned are a known harbour for germs. It's important that everyone dresses warmly as windows and doors will be open. Please make sure that you wear suitable clothing.
Handling face coverings
- Safe wearing of face coverings requires washing hands before and after use - including putting them on and removal - and their safe storage in individual, sealable plastic bags when not in use.
- Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and should be replaced carefully.
Test and Trace guidance
B&FC are obligated to assist the NHS and Public Health England in their Test and Trace scheme to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The scheme is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response and is designed to ensure the safety of students and staff during the pandemic.
How will information be collected?
We will maintain a record of who you have been in contact with as part of an onsite class or bubble based on information in our timetabling systems.
This will include recording the specific desk you will use whenever you attend College.
We will also monitor attendance at certain areas of the College such as the Learning Resource Centres where you will be asked to book in.
There will be posters and other notifications displayed in each venue to inform you that Test and Trace is in place.
How will we contact you?
We will record your contact phone number and email address in our College system and will use both of these to contact you should we need to as part of Test and Trace.
Please let us know if any of these change.
Emails from B&FC will be from firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will happen if I have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as positive?
If you have been in ‘close contact’ with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, from 16 August, anyone who has been fully vaccinated will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if they have been in contact with a positive case. They will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. Young people will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if they are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, they will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken.
In other cases, you will be required to self-isolate as advised by NHS Track and Trace scheme, which will be 10 days.
‘Close contact’ includes face to face contact with a confirmed case for any length of time, within a metre, including:
being coughed on
a face to face conversation
unprotected physical contact (skin to skin)
travel in a small vehicle with a confirmed case. This includes exposure within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer.
We will also advise you by email if someone who is not a close contact has tested positive but this will be for information only and there is no need to take any action.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms, which government guidance says include:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you are at home when you experience symptoms, stay there and do not come onto Campus. If you are on Campus, make sure you maintain two metre social distancing, wear your face covering, apply hand sanitiser and immediately go home
Tell your progress tutor – let them know you are experiencing symptoms by phone or email.
Request a test – don’t delay, as soon as you have symptoms, request a free test from the NHS
You must report any symptoms immediately to your progress tutor.
Getting your test result – you’ll receive this from the NHS and must let your course leader know the result immediately.
What should I do once I’ve received my test results?
If your lateral flow test results are negative, as long as you feel well and have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you no longer have to isolate.
If your later flow test results are positive:
You must self-isolate immediately and book PCR tests as soon as possible.
If your PCR is positive, NHS Test and Trace will contact you by email, text or phone and ask you about where you’ve been recently and who you’ve been in close contact with.
Tell your course leader immediately who will ensure you have all the support you need and to make sure we are able to contact those you have been in close contact with. This may include fellow students in your teaching bubble, especially those you have been in close contact with on campus from 48 hours before symptoms began or if no symptoms were present the 48 hours prior to the test date. ‘Close contact’ includes face to face contact with a confirmed case for any length of time, within 1m, including: being coughed on, a face to face conversation, unprotected physical contact (skin to skin) or travel in a small vehicle with a confirmed case. This includes exposure within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer.
To ensure the safety of others, you need to immediately self-isolate. If your test result is positive you’ll need to remain in isolation for 10 days. More information on how to self-isolate from the NHS can be found here.
International students must comply with all current guidance on travel relevant to their place of residence.
The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can offer support.
A person I came into contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
Do not attend College and report your absence to your programme team. Please e-mail email@example.com, we also recommend you inform your sponsoring company too.
If you are living with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 you need to follow NHS guidance on self-isolation.
If you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team please follow their advice.
Need more information?
We've put together a comprehensive guide to life on campus. Students will find this information on the Student Life SharePoint site.
If you have any other queries, don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This mailbox is regularly monitored, so please use it to contact the College if you have a specific query.
Important FNC Maritime student specific FAQs
What about pre-booked student accommodation?
The college is moving towards face-to-face teaching sessions as the UK moves gradually out of COVID restrictions. Some session may still stay online, this will be individual for different programmes, your Progress Tutor and Programme Leader will be able to specify if this is the case. Remotely delivered lessons will be delivered on the Microsoft Teams platform.
I am completing my Notice of Eligibility (NoE) application and require a letter from College confirming my Cadet Training Route. How do I do this?
Please see the NoE PowerPoint presentation on Canvas for further information. Please also ensure you read the guidance in the NOE application form from the MCA. Forms are found here:
Your college letter will be e-mailed out to you through in due course. If you do not receive this please contact email@example.com
The NOE application process is currently taking longer than usual. We recommend that you complete your NOE application form as soon as possible.
How late I can join Phase 5?
We would prefer you join the programme from the beginning. A maximum of one week late start may be possible if you are able to catch up, with extra time invested, so that you will not miss out on the content.
All sessions are compulsory and invaluable towards preparation for your external assessments.
How do I reset the password for my College account?
In the first instance contact the help desk.
- Call: 01253 504222
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If unsuccessful, please email email@example.com with a photo of you holding your photo ID (Driving Licence or Passport or Seaman Book or Previous College ID).
We will then reset the password as soon as possible. Currently it is taking around 48 hours from receiving the email to completing the reset process due to the current situation.
How can I update my address, email address or contact number?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my Cadet Training Schematic be affected?
Your Training Schematic could have changed depending on the impact of the COVID-19 measures we were following at the time of your training. Your joining instructions include your correct return to campus date and end of phase date. We will brief you on specific adjustments made to your programme during the induction. If you have any further doubts surrounding the date of your return to campus, please contact email@example.com.
If you have been instructed to stay on board your ship due to restrictions on disembarking and are unable to attend Phase 5 in September 2021, we will enrol you onto a bespoke Phase 5 programme. This will be communicated with your company. Additional information is available here.
What is happening with MCA exams?
MCA Written exams (SQA) are expected to continue as planned and we expect these exams to be conducted at Fleetwood.
Oral exams are currently being conducted on Microsoft Teams. We expect that this will continue for your exams, however as we get more information from the MCA we will keep you up to date.
How can I keep up to date with information?
Please continue to check your student email, Microsoft Teams notifications and the College intranet (Canvas and MyDay) regularly, as these are the major channels we will use to communicate with you.
You may wish to follow our Facebook Page if you don’t already do so.
Find answers to other questions about student support provided by Blackpool and The Fylde College and its partners at https://blackpool.ac.uk/coronavirus/students
For MCA specific information please see the MCA Coronavirus Guidance page.