COVID-19: Advice and support on education

You will find information on a number of questions that you may have surrounding education including progression to college or university, apprenticeship information and more.

For information on latest plans for exams and assessments in 2021, visit the GOV.UK website

Use the headings below to help you find the information you need:




What happens if I can’t finish my qualification without a placement?
Your course leader and the employer engagement team at the college/training provider are continually seeking new placement opportunities. You can also seek opportunities through your own contacts.

I normally use public transport to travel to college. Is this still possible?
Public transport is still available. Check your local services for any disruption or changes to the normal services. When planning your journey to school, particularly if using public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers, click here >

I am worried about the cost of transport for getting to my college, training provider, or placement.
Please check the Somerset County Council website for the latest information on student bus passes.

My family can no longer afford my bus pass, do I have to give up my college place?
If you or your family have concerns about the cost of learning please contact your college or training provider as they may be able to provide further support.



What support is available if I have to defer my studies?
If you had planned to study this year but are offered a deferred place, the government has put together a package of support that will provide you with opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements in the public, private and voluntary sectors, undertake additional learning and support their career development. This includes support that the higher education sector will offer students during the year ahead, including free courses and access to careers advice. For more information on the support package, visit the GOV.UK website.

What advice is there for university students during the Coronavirus outbreak?
The Office for Students has advice addressing key issues including accommodation and finance. See the student guide to Coronavirus here.



I’m hoping to start an apprenticeship when I finish school – are companies still taking apprentices?
You can find details of apprenticeships available in Somerset at Skill Up - Somerset’s Apprenticeship and Skills advisory service.

I’m part way through my apprenticeship - what happens if I am furloughed or made redundant?  
If you are ‘furloughed’ you can continue with your ‘off-the-job’ training. Discuss this with your employer and training provider. If unfortunately you are made redundant during your apprenticeship, speak to your training provider who will support you to find another job to enable you to complete.



I am meant to be doing my Traineeship – will I lose my place if my placement is no longer available?
Colleges and learning providers are working hard to provide online options for the learning element. You may, therefore, be able to continue this aspect of your traineeship whilst seeking a new placement. Discuss your options with your learning provider. 

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