Remote Learning with Accountancy Learning: Delivery Arrangements And Assessment Planning For All Our Apprentices
During Lockdown 3, we have significantly adapted our delivery for Apprentices in that all learning and support is now provided remotely.
Upon starting the course, all students are given a personal Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that provides guidance on all the modules to be studied along with target dates for completion (including suggested exam dates). Student’s and Tutor’s will regularly liaise to update the ILP.
Apprentices study in accordance with the 20% ‘Off the Job Training’ (OTJT) requirements.
During ‘normal’ times, our Apprenticeship delivery falls into two categories:
- Those who attend drop-in sessions
- Those who do not attend drop-in sessions
Those who attend drop-in sessions:
Apprentices are invited to attend drop-in sessions in either Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth or Falmouth at our local centres where they are able to work on individual topics and seek immediate advice from a dedicated tutor, subject to government guidelines.
N.B. During this 3rd lockdown, all drop-in sessions are now being delivered by remote learning via Microsoft Teams.
Those who do not attend drop-in sessions:
For those who are unable to attend drop-in sessions, tutors provide a weekly on-line meeting (via Microsoft Teams) to discuss progress, provide guidance and work through difficult topics.
Tutors will also regularly contact each of their Apprentices to check on their well-being, engagement and motivation.
Accountancy Learning tailors its delivery to all students to help them retain focus in order to complete their chosen level of study.
All drop-in sessions are now recorded and subject to random Quality Assurance scrutiny.
Remote Learning with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
All our Apprentices have access to our online learning platform Moodle, which contains all necessary material to complete each module, as well as information regarding safeguarding and well-being.
Our online remote learning Moodle materials include a mix of interactive, narrated video presentations, pdf transcripts, comprehensive pdf activities and answers, automatically marked quizzes, progress tests and practice assessments (some progress tests and practice assessments are automatically marked and others are tutor marked).
AAT Level 3 and Level 4: students also have access to Osborne Books’ electronic learning materials.
Further remote learning: we have provided a link on Moodle to the AAT’s website where students can make use of AAT Green Light tests, e-learning materials and practice assessments.
Lockdown 3 government guidance states that “Public exams and vocational assessments scheduled to take place in January, will go ahead as planned”. The AAT have confirmed that “our assessments will remain available but it will be up to the local venue to decide whether they can safely run them.”
We feel it essential that students are able to sit exams and progress their studies, so have decided to continue running exams. We have a strong system of safe working practices for exams, designed to ensure the safety of both candidates and staff.
Subject to availability, students wishing to sit their exams at our own exam centres in Exeter and Plymouth can do so via our online Exam Booking System.
Sitting an AAT Exam at one of our venues:
Please do not attend an exam if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or if you are self-isolating. To ensure the safety of both candidates and staff, we reserve the right to refuse access to any candidate who displays symptoms of Covid-19.
If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.
Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing. If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.
We will continue to monitor government and AAT guidance closely. If exams are at any stage postponed, all booked exams will be put on a priority list for when they recommence.
Other Exam venues
If you are planning to sit your exams at a different exam venue (i.e. not sitting them at our venues), please visit the AAT’s assessment venue search site to see where your local venues are located. Please note that many venues are currently closed, but as with our venues, there are still some that remain open.
Good luck to all our Apprentices – keep motivated, study hard and above all, stay safe 😊