Coronavirus disruptions for offer holders

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We would like to send our very best wishes to Christ's offer holders affected by Coronavirus disruptions. We understand that the circumstances are very difficult at the moment and most (though not all) of you have had to study from home and deal with cancelled exams etc, as well as whatever else is happening in your household.

This is a basic page to keep you updated with specific information for you as Christ's College offer holders. It is being updated as things develop and further information emerges. Although we know that there are not answers to everything at the moment, we are doing our best to keep you updated with info as well as we can.
 

Latest updates box
  • The 2020-21 academic year: We are sorry if you have been alarmed by media stories this week. 2020 entry offer holders should now have received an email from the Director of Admissions for the University (Dr Sam Lucy), see the College news, and remember that we continue to keep you updated on this page. As ever, do be in touch with any queries.
  • University information: See the University Coronavirus page and FAQ's.
  • Replying to your offer: remember that the updated offer reply deadline is 18 June.
  • Studying from home: We have a page for you - see information for offer holders studying at home
  • Exams: See the bottom of the 'exams' section below for collected info on different qualifications.
  • We're still here (even when working from home). If you have questions, please get in touch.


Keeping your own record / log of disruption
(this applies to all offer holders whether UK, EU or international)

Please ensure first of all that you keep your own written record of the actual disruption (including exact dates). Disruption might include, but is not limited to, school closures, periods of self-isolation, disruptive teacher absences.

While you are not at school, please also keep a log of what alternatives (if any) are provided by your school. Please note online learning resources or teaching, dates available etc.

We do not need this information now, but it will be more accurate if we do ask you for it if you record it systematically.
 

The 2020-21 academic year

We now know that University lectures will be online in 2020-21. A bit more explanation about lectures: remember that these are the large-group teaching sessions arranged by your University faculty or department and you would normally attend them with all students in the university (across all Colleges) who are taking the same course option. The largest ones have 200+ people attending. They are normally a one-way delivery of information (the lecturer talks, you take notes or fill in a handout/worksheet). Find out more about lectures in CamGuides: lectures.

As mentioned in Dr Sam Lucy's email to offer holders, lectures are only one part of the rich education that Cambridge offers and freeing up space in lecture halls will allow us to concentrate on delivering small group teaching, language classes, lab work and practicals. If you're not sure what these other forms of teaching normally involve, a good place to look is:

Then there are also the social aspects of living in the College community, societies and sports etc. The CamGuides were written before the Coronavirus disruptions, but they provide a useful introduction to the different aspects of student life and the University and College is working hard to make sure they can run as well as possible. Further information: College news on the 2020-21 academic year
 

If you are taking exams: School closures, Teacher absences and self-isolation - evidence document needed before you start exams 

For those international students who are taking exams, we will need a formal document from the school confirming disruption (including school closures, absence of regular teacher(s) and any periods of self-isolation) with the exact dates and information about circumstances that your school feels we should be aware of when we receive your results.

  • In all cases we will need to receive the document before you start your exams, if you are taking exams. Please also keep us updated about when you will receive results if the timing will be different from normal. 
     
  • The document should be written by a teacher or tutor at your school and should confirm what has happened, the exact dates, and any further information that we should take into account when we receive your exam results. It would be helpful if the teacher can include details of what learning support, if any, the school is able to provide in the circumstances.
     
  • Please save the document as a pdf or .jpg file on your computer with title Subject (including biological or physical if Natural Sciences) - Coronavirus circumstances -  FAMILY NAME First name. Then please send the document as an email attachment to our address for receiving documents: admissionsdocuments@christs.cam.ac.uk in the normal way (remember that the document must be an email attachment - do not include it in the body of the email). The subject line of the email should be in the format:
    Subject (including biological or physical if Natural Sciences) - Coronavirus circumstances -  FAMILY NAME First name. 
     
  • If you're not, now taking exams, we'll update you in due course if a document from a teacher is needed. We will update you on this point when we have more information from the UK government and the university.
     

Studying from home

  • A lot of you are studying from home. Please try not to worry. Make sure that you keep up with any work set by your teachers, revise the material you have covered so that you know it thoroughly, and remember that all anybody can ask of you is that you do your very best in the circumstances.
     
  • Don't forget that you will be saving some time by not travelling to school so, as long as you can remain disciplined and motivated, you will have some extra time for study! This may also be a chance to develop your independent study skills further. A good thing to do may be to make yourself a little list of the positive things, that you think you might get out of the circumstances.
     
  • Try buddying up with a friend (maybe digitally), and work out a schedule or timetable of study. Check in on each other regularly to keep yourselves motivated.
     
  • Try discussing your work or other related material with a friend, or a group of friends. Could you form a chat group and find some relevant topics to research and then discuss together?
     
  • We have a page with advice here: information for offer holders studying from home.
     
  • Don't forget that there are free on-line resources available on our website under the link for each subject offered at this College. On each subject page you'll find the resources under the heading "Helpful resources". As well as the info for offer holders studying at home, we also have an online learning resources page for Year 12 students, which you may nonetheless find helpful too in places. There are also free online learning resources organised by subject on the university's HE+ website.
     

Exams

For the majority of you who are unable to sit exams this summer, please remember that many other students are in the same position. On 17 April you received an email from Cambridge University (from Dr Sam Lucy) with information about what will happen for your Cambridge offer when 'results' are published, or information about what we need from you, if you are an international student who is not doing IB. Please read Dr Lucy's email carefully. The University Coronavirus page has also updated and there are Coronavirus FAQ's.

Here at Christ's, we're also collecting links with information about exams for you where we can:

Exam Government or Exam Board Links to read
A level

UK Gov information on 2020 exams. See also Q&A, 3 April update and the letter to students. There may also be info on exam board websites e.g. AQA. See also info for students in Wales and info for students in Northern IrelandA level results day in England will be 13 August

International A level

Statement on International A levels & Pre-U see also FAQs, the 1 April update, and the 7 April update.

International Baccalureate

Update on International Baccalaureate exams see also updates and particularly this part.

Pre-U

Statement on International A levels & Pre-U see also FAQs, the 1 April update, and the 7 April update.

Scottish Advanced Highers Statement on SQA qualifications
STEP Mathematics

Statement on STEP Mathematics (there will be a further update from Cambridge Assessment with practical information about taking STEP II and III).
30 April - Important email sent to all STEP offer holders re registration for STEP exams. Please act on it as soon as possible. Many thanks.

IELTS Academic See IELTS updates
Cambridge University Press has provided some free online content for English language learners.
TOEFL IBT See TOEFL updates
Cambridge University Press has provided some free online content for English language learners.


Advice: Keep your academic motivation and focus 
It's important to be clear that the work you are doing this year lays the foundation that you will need to build on at university. You are constantly developing your knowledge and skills for a smooth transition onto your chosen course. Whatever happens in the next few months, learning your A level, IB or equivalent material well and practicing the skills you are developing will be important.

 

Useful links

UCAS UCAS updates on Coronavirus (UCAS is being helpful on Twitter too)
Cambridge University Coronavirus advice for offer holders
Christ's College, Cambridge As well as this page, please see this information for offer holders studying at home
Please follow guidance issued by the authorities in your country E,g, UK Guidance. This includes info for social distancing, self isolation, and household isolation. The University also has a dedicated page.
Look after your mental health

NHS Every Mind Matters
Unicef advice for teenagers
UCAS mental heath & wellbeing in partnership with Student Minds

Exercise Sport England list of indoor exercise apps and classes
Gym-free workouts
NHS Exercise films

 

Thank you for reading. We hope that this has been helpful, and we would like to wish you our sincere best wishes for the coming months.
 

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