Your Learning FAQs

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 8 December, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland, announced that Highers and Advanced Highers will not go ahead as planned in 2021. Results will instead be based on coursework. 

Full details of the coursework that will be included within your grade are still being confirmed, and this information will be shared with any students impacted by this as soon as possible.

If you are currently studying a Higher qualification with us, all coursework submissions are important and could be used to determine your grade. With this in mind, it is important that you continue to complete all coursework you are asked for.

Lecturers and tutors will also be working to identify key coursework and will keep you up to date on what this will be.

We understand that this may cause some uncertainty. However, please be assured our teams across the College will continue working hard to guide and support you to achieve the best possible results for your course.

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.

Almost all learning will be taking place online until the end of January where we will review the situation. If you are timetabled to be on campus during this time, please do not attend unless your lecturer/named content has contacted you. 

Your Campus FAQs

You should familiarise yourself with the information within the Your Campus 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 at all times when on campus, including in classrooms.

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. Email learning@fife.ac.uk  for any questions you have about our lanyards. 

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. 

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. Access to study space will only be available through our Hubs during the hours of 10am-3pm Monday - Thursday. 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. 

For more information on our Hubs, please contact inclusion@fife.ac.uk 

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

Following the recent tightening of restrictions in Scotland by the Scottish Government. Fife College has made the decision to move all learning online. Campus buildings will be open but will be operating a restricted service through our Hubs.

Our on-campus libraries and refectory spaces in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes will continue to remain open as safe spaces to study or if you need to access support between 10am-3pm. Our Student Experience and Engagement Department (SEED) will have a limited presence on campus, however our digital team can arrange a virtual meeting with them from campus if you require their support when there. For further information on our on campus Hubs please email info@fife.ac.uk

Classes will be held remotely and on campus services will be operating on a reduced basis until the end of January when we will review the situation. 

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.

The refectories in all campuses are closed until the end of January when we will review the situation. 

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

All classes will be held online until the end of January which we hope will help reduce anxiety among students and staff. We will review this at the end of January and provide an update.

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.