Your Learning FAQs

You will study using Microsoft Teams, there is also a wealth of resources available to you through the College such as Microsoft Office, eBooks, eResources. You can read more at Getting Online. 

We have online tutorials and demos available for you to help you get more familiar with the systems you will be using as part of your course. Don't forget, online learning will be new to many students so you will not be the only one in your class feeling this way. You will be supported by your lecturer throughout your course and have access to support from the College's digital team. 

Please contact learning@fife.ac.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also contact via telephone on 0344 248 0115. 

You should have a look at the Student Portal to see if there are any specific tasks or actions you need to take to help you prepare for your course. There are also guides on how to use Microsoft Teams and any other programs you will need to use on your course. 

Blended learning is learning remotely via digital platforms, taking part in online lectures and projects at home. 

The College is committed to supporting you with your studying from home and will make every effort to arrange help in accessing the equipment you need to study from home. 

Please complete this survey Digital Access Survey here on the student portal and someone from the digital team will be in touch regarding equipment.  

We are looking at ways that we can continue to give you the chance to gain valuable work experience as part of your course. For many courses that include a placement we have revised the course structure and are looking to reschedule placements.

Again, to ensure your safety these placements will only take place following the appropriate guidance.

Timetables have been clearly labelled and colour coded. Blue means your class is on campus and orange means your class is online

On 7 October, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland, announced that National 5 exams will not go ahead in 2021. Instead, results will be based on coursework carried out throughout the year. If you are currently studying a National 5 qualification with us, we will be in touch in the coming weeks with more information specific to your course.

On 7 October, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland, announced that Highers and Advanced Highers are planned to go ahead in 2021. They have made a slight change to the exam timetable, with exams starting two weeks later than originally planned.

Your Campus FAQs

You should familiarise yourself with the information within this page so you know what to expect when you attend campus.

It is important that you do not come onto campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or you or anyone within your household are within the 10-14 day isolation period with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive confirmed case.

You must not attend campuses if you are isolating due to returning from a high-risk country or if you have been told to isolate as a result of the Test and Protect process.

Please speak to your lecturer if you are required to isolate and cannot attend classes. 

Face coverings should be worn within public areas such as corridors, stairways and the library. Face covering will only need to be worn in classrooms during times where social distancing is difficult to maintain or where you may be required to be in close contact for an extended period of time. Your lecturer will be able to advise you if a face covering is recommended for your class. 

A face-covering is a covering of any type (except a face shield) that MUST cover the mouth and nose. It should be made of cloth or another textile and should be two, preferably three layers thick, and through which you can breathe. You can purchase them at many local shops such as chemists and supermarkets. Religious face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose count as face coverings for these purposes. 

Transparent face coverings, i.e. face shields can be worn to assist communication for those who rely on lip-reading and facial expressions, however, these are not as effective for reducing transmission as a full face covering.   

If you are unable to wear a face covering, you can collect a lanyard (which will help to display to others why you are not wearing a face covering) from the Inclusion Learning hubs from Monday, 14th September. Alternatively, you can email learning@fife.ac.uk and one can be left at reception to collect if needed sooner. You can also contact our Inclusion team on inclusion-slh@fifecol.onmicrosoft.com for further information. 

 

As part of our Trace and Protect system, it is vital that everyone displays their student ID prominently. Our staff will be following these same guidelines. We aim to ensure that accurate registers are taken on campus, so in the event of a reported positive covid case, we can advise accordingly. 

Breakfast club will be slightly different until October break (14 October), there will be breakfast bags made up on tables in the refectory areas for you to help yourself. 

You can access library services online via the library iLearn page.

You should only be coming in to the College library for essential study that cannot be undertaken remotely. If you do need to go into the library, you must wear a face-covering in this area and follow all on-campus safety and sign-in procedures. 

Public transport is safe to use if you follow the guidance set out by the transport provider, and the systems they have in place.  

No, we are re-opening with a phased approach to minimise numbers on-campus. You will have specific details from your lecturer of when you should attend classes.  

Students should only be on campus for timetabled classes or essential study/support they cannot undertake remotely.  

To keep our students and staff as safe as possible we will continue to follow the guidance set out in the Scottish Government's Route Map when making decisions on college operations. This means, arrangements will be adapted as we progress through the four phases. Please be assured that all decisions will be made with the health and safety of everybody as our main priority and arrangements will remain in place for as long as is necessary.  

Yes, it will be safe to reopen for the new academic year, based on the Scottish Government’s guidance. The Scottish Government has planned out how all sectors of Scottish society can begin to move on from lockdown and return to (near) normal life in a planned, phased, and safe basis. This guidance is based upon the most up to date information available, including the assessment of the risks surrounding COVID-19 and the risks associated with living in lockdown. The College is and will continue to follow the official guidance available.

The College is following Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for Test and Support. This guidance doesn’t currently require routine College-based Covid-19 testing as part of our reopening activities, but if this guidance changes then testing will be put in place as needed.

Appropriate PPE will be provided for practical subject areas where risk assessments have shown they are required (such as Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Engineering, Science, Hospitality and Construction). Subject specific training will be given to students on Covid-19 and measures put in place in line with the specific guidance for the different industry sectors.

We will be asking all students, staff and visitors to comply with the official guidance on social distancing and handwashing whilst on Campus.

Let you lecturer know as soon as you feel unwell and apply a face covering.

If possible you should go home immediately but avoiding the use of public transport. If you are unable to go home without using public transport you will be removed from contact with others and isolated in a room that is well ventilated, safe and at least 2m away from other people. Once you are isolated, your emergency contact will be contacted to arrange transportation home for you. It is so important your emergency contact details are up to date and include someone who is able to collect you where possible.

You will then need to arrange a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816. If drive through or home testing kit cannot be managed for specific reasons, use the phone number and ask for alternative testing pathway. You and your household should remain isolating while you are waiting for your result.

You should follow the usual policy for sickness at college and stay at home until recovered. There would be no need for a covid test unless development of covid-19 symptoms.

You must isolate for 10 days and your household must isolate for 14 days. You should inform attendance@fife.ac.uk as soon as possible and they will log this with the Health and Safety Team who will liaise with the NHS Health Protection Team.

If you are contacted by one of the Test and Protect Team – Contact Tracers, as you have been in contact with someone who had tested positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days. Even if you get a negative test within this period, you must self-isolate for the full 14 days.

Although there have been no new restrictions placed on Colleges, there have been some new restrictions across the country, with the announcement of the Scottish Government's new 5 Tier system. As of 29/10, Fife has been placed into Tier 2, with some of the surrounding areas, including Edinburgh, placed into Tier 3. 

If you live within an area in a different Tier to Fife and are timetabled to be on campus, you can continue to attend as normal. If you are concerned about travelling in from another area, please speak to your lecturer or named contact before coming to campus. 

To find out more about the different Tiers, visit the Scottish Government website here

The refectories in our Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Rosyth campuses have now reopened to serve a mixture of hot drinks, filled rolls, soups, cakes and heat and go hot meals.

We are working hard to reintroduce the catering service at our Levenmouth campus. Until then, please continue to bring your lunch with you. 

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Filled Rolls (Breakfast and Lunch items)
  • Paninis 
  • Soup 
  • Grab and Go Meals
  • Heat and Go Hot Meals
  • Cakes and Pastries

The refectories are open during the following times:

10am-1pm (Rosyth)

8:30am-2:30pm (Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes)

Yes, face coverings should be worn when in the refectory, except when seated at a table (or if exempt). This means you should have it on when you enter the refectory and keep this on while you order and collect your food and drinks, removing it only when you are seated at a table. 

We have added a unique QR code to each table in our refectories for staff and students to sign in when they are seated at a table. This is to help with the Government's Test and Protect scheme and the information you provide will only be used for these purposes. 

Each QR code is unique so please make sure you scan the code at your own table. 

  • Hand sanitising stations at entrances and exits - we are asking all staff, students and visitors to use these each time they visit the refectory
  • Face coverings must be worn until you are seated, including when ordering and collecting food
  • Keep your distance from others. Tables and chairs have been set up to allow for distancing. Please do not move any of the tables or chairs around 
  • Sanitising wipes are there for you to clean your table before or after use
  • Please clear your own table after you have finished
  • Pay by card where possible (we do still accept cash though)
  • Scan the QR code on your table as soon as you sit down

Student Life FAQs

Yes you can, we would encourage all students to connect with FCSA and classmates to help you settle in to College life. The FCSA has social media pages and you can find out more information on the FCSA webpage.

Your NEC card will be posted to your home address. Make sure we have your correct address and that you have uploaded a student photo. Check on your student portal for information about how to upload a photo. 

Support Services FAQs

Most of our students will continue to learn online which may help you if you are feeling nervous about the risk of COVID-19. Even if you will be learning on campus, our team have been working hard to implement changes to help you stay safe so please be reassured that your safety is our priority. 

If you are feeling anxious about starting college and would like support, you can contact our guidance team on guidance@fife.ac.uk 

Please contact learning@fife.ac.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Getting Ready for College FAQs

Keep an eye out for emails from the College, and your course team, which will provide more information on details specific to your course. These include information on how to enrol for your course online, how to apply for funding and how to let us know if you require any learning support. Please also continue to check the College's social media channels to find out more about how we're preparing to virtually welcome our new and returning students to College.

This year, funding applications are made online. An online form will have been sent to you by email, or you can find this on the Student Portal. 

If you have not yet uploaded a photo, when you access the Student Portal, you will see the button to upload your photo to complete your enrolment. This will also give you the option to select if you wish to order a Student Card (NEC Card). 

Once you are added to your course on teams, you will see the 'induction' channel on teams. Here you will find resources and live recordings of your course induction schedule (where possible). You can also contact your lecturer to find out what you missed and catch up on key information.

Parents / Carers

Your young person can complete the Fife College Induction course, taking them through the essentials for starting at the College. The course is an overview of the tools they’ll need for their academic induction.

Your student will be using Microsoft Teams to stay connected. Microsoft Teams is an online sharing and communication platform that will be used to host video-chat classes, amongst other things. Click here for our guide to getting started with Teams. You can also take our interactive Teams demo by clicking here!

Students should be added to any Teams groups that they need to be a part of, prior to the beginning of their studies. Once signed-in to Teams, your young person can see what groups they’re part of. If your young person is unsure about how to operate Microsoft Teams, they can take this interactive demo to help. You can also read Microsoft’s guide to Teams for any further information by clicking here!

In order to complete their induction, your young person should have access to a device that can run Microsoft Teams. You can also help them with the Fife College Induction course which helps familiarise them with their Student Portal, iLearn and Microsoft Teams.

If your young person does not have access to a device that can run Microsoft Teams, then please encourage them to complete our Digital Access Survey.

Whilst you can’t log-in to take part in your young person’s induction, if they require assistance, you’re more than welcome to sit alongside them as they go through it.