Advice and Guidance

July 2020

At WaterBear, we’ve been closely following all the advice and guidance as set out by the
Government, in the wake on the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It remains our no.1
priority to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors to the college.

Our courses have from the very beginning been designed to be flexible, to enable students
to study their courses whether or not they are able to attend college. This flexible learning
model has recently been put to the utmost test. When the lockdown began, all WaterBear
students moved to a fully-online mode of study with immediate effect, with the majority
having now successfully completed their studies for the current academic year, without
disruption. Our flexible model has stood up to the challenges of Covid-19 and it’s
something we know will serve our students very well through this next phase.

On the understanding that the Government’s lockdown measures will continue to be eased
back in the way that we’ve seen recently, we can confirm that the WaterBear college
facilities will be open for business in September, with all students being able to start their
studies on the designated date. That means anyone signed up for a course running on
campus will be able to attend the college. We will of course be ensuring that precautions are
taken to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors, and will follow the Government
guidance that’s in place at the time.

A commitment to keeping class sizes smaller is another central component of the WaterBear
ethos. This is another reason why we’ll be able to open our doors to students in September.
We can manage class sizes to ensure we adhere to social distancing advice. Our curriculum
delivery model will also be adapted, with some lectures being delivered online to start with.
To be clear, we do not intend to move all scheduled onsite teaching and learning activity
online, only small percentage of it. We will keep this situation under constant review and
return to a full programme of onsite activities as soon as we are able. This approach will
mean you’ll still be able to come to the WaterBear college, meet your friends and get
involved in onsite activities, but in a safe and managed way.

As has always been the case at WaterBear, we will continue with our blended learning
approach, meaning that all lecture content and materials will be available to you online,
whether or not you’re studying on online or on-site course. This provides additional comfort
for anyone not able to come to the college in person, for whatever reason, who doesn’t
want to miss out or fall behind with their studies.

To further ensure we can keep our facilities COVID-secure, we have acquired additional
space in Brighton for teaching and learning from September. This means there will be even
more facilities available for us to use for our activities, meaning we can further ensure your
safety. Additional precautions such as the provision of PPE and clear signage throughout
our buildings will provide additional comfort.

In summary, rest assured we will be doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety at
WaterBear from September onwards and we’re looking forward to seeing you here, at the
college. None of us know how long this situation will last and when we’ll be able to fully
return to normal, but we will be doing everything we can to ensure WaterBear is a fantastic
experience for all students.

If you have any further questions or would like to chat with us, please drop us a line on
info@wbear.io, or call us on 01273 726230.

For up to date advice and guidance on the Coronavirus pandemic, please refer to the NHS (
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) and Government (
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) websites.