Coronavirus guidance for new students

on March 27, 2020

Supporting our new students

Following the latest Government guidance around school closures and exam postponements, it is understandable for students to feel uncertain about their next academic steps, but we would like to reassure you this does not affect your application or offer of a place at college. 

Time to Apply

Our applications are open you can apply online now by clicking here.

Course Introduction Meetings

Following the latest Government guidance, we are unfortunately having to postpone our upcoming Course Introduction Meetings. Please be assured that this postponement will not affect your application or offer of a place at college.

In the meantime, once you’ve applied online we’ll be in touch via e-mail to show you an exclusive insight into life at Barnfield College and give you a flavour of what’s to come at your Course Introduction Meeting!

We will confirm a new Course Introduction Meeting date as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding your Course Introduction Meeting please contact us on

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Exams and Assessments

Following Government guidance around college/school closures and exam postponements, it is understandable for you to have questions about your next academic steps. The College remains committed to supporting you to progress to your desired destination.

As the Department for Education and Examination Bodies work towards a solution, we will be keeping a close eye on updates that might affect our next cohort of students to ensure a smooth transition when joining us in the new academic year. 

Ofqual, the exam regulator, is developing and setting out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, they are working with the awarding bodies and exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The awarding bodies and exam boards will be asking tutors, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if assessments and exams had gone ahead.

Therefore, you should still continue engaging with your studies, developing your skills and working towards the best grade possible.

For those who wish to do so, the Government have also announced that there will also be an option to sit an exam during the next academic year.

We will provide you with further updates as we have them, in the meantime please feel free to contact our admissions team by email should you have any questions. You can access the latest exams update from the Government here.

Advice and Guidance

If you are looking for advice or guidance around your next steps, our admissions team are available via email on  

We’re here to help

We’re here to help if you have any questions or concerns please contact our Admissions team and Student Support team on or

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