Different ways of learning with BAES

Service Update: 29 November 2021

New Covid Prevention measures at BAES centres

Following the new Government guidelines we request that all users of our service follow the following guidance: 

  • From Monday 29 November, we require all students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in communal areas, unless they are exempt. 
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms, have had a positive lateral flow test or a positive PCR test - DO NOT ATTEND THE CENTRE.
    Please also let us know as soon as possible by contacting the centre you attend. We will mark you as absent and arrange to send course work to you, so you don't worry about falling behind with your coursework.
  • You should also follow the latest Government guidance about self-isolating Click here 
Thank you in advance for your co-operation

Many of our courses are already being delivered online and for classes that need to be taught in a classroom we continue to follow strict Government and Birmingham City Council guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. More information about the precautions we have introduced into our centres can be found below.

On-site Classroom (OS)

All learners attend every lesson in one of our centres. All classes occur at a specific day and time every week

What will the On-site classroom be like: These classes will be made up of small groups of between 6 to 8 learners depending on classroom size. All learners attend every lesson and will follow social distancing rules. More details of how the On-site classroom will work are included in the video below.

Which classes? This method of delivery is for subjects that cannot be taught online, due to the practical nature of the subject, because learners who would be severely disadvantaged or would find it extremely difficult to do the course online.

Courses which will be delivered face-to-face are: -

  • Entry 1 and Entry 2 English
  • Entry 2 Maths and some Entry 3 Maths
  • Pre-Entry and some Entry 1 ESOL
  • Beginners and Improvers IT (Entry 2 and Entry 3)
  • Art and craft classes except music, photography and drawing and painting

Before you come to a class in one of our centres please read our information sheet or watch the video below.

Virtual Classroom (VC)

All learners attend every class online. All classes occur at a specific day and time every week

What will the Virtual Classroom be like: These classes will have a maximum 16 learners per class – all learners attend every class online and it is expected that it will stay like this for the current academic year. More details of how the Virtual Classroom will work are included in the video below. 

Which classes? Languages, Maths, all IT at Level 1 and above, Business, Health and Social Care, English Level 2 and above.

Other courses not listed under On-site will start as Virtual Classroom, such as SEND and Family Learning.

Would you prefer to learn in a classroom?

It might be that you don't have the right IT equipment at home, or you just prefer to learn in a classroom.

Whatever the reason that online learning doesn't work for you, let us know so we can try to help. Fill in our Register your interest form below and when we have enough people to run an onsite course in your chosen subject and level we will set one up and let you know about it.

Blended Learning (BL)

All blended learning courses planned for this year will be now be delivered fully online using the Virtual Classroom model until further notice.

Starting a course with BAES: September 2020

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