Different ways of learning with BAES

As Birmingham has now been designated an area of intervention re COVID-19, we will be running the vast majority of our courses fully online until further notice. This is in order to limit travel and contact for both learners and staff to that which is absolutely necessary.

Courses which cannot take place online will still take place in our centres following Government COVID-19 guidelines. 

On-site Classroom (OS)

All learners attend every lesson in one of our centres. All classes occur at a specific day and time every week

What will the On-site classroom be like: These classes will be made up of small groups of between 6 to 8 learners depending on classroom size. All learners attend every lesson and will follow social distancing rules. More details of how the On-site classroom will work are included in the video below.

Which classes? This method of delivery is for subjects that cannot be taught online, due to the practical nature of the subject, because learners who would be severely disadvantaged or would find it extremely difficult to do the course online.

Courses which will be delivered face-to-face are: -

  • Entry 1 and Entry 2 English
  • Entry 2 Maths and some Entry 3 Maths
  • Pre-Entry and some Entry 1 ESOL
  • Beginners and Improvers IT (Entry 2 and Entry 3)
  • Art and craft classes except music, photography and drawing and painting

Before you come to a class in one of our centres please read our information sheet or watch the video below.

Virtual Classroom (VC)

All learners attend every class online. All classes occur at a specific day and time every week

What will the Virtual Classroom be like: These classes will have a maximum 16 learners per class – all learners attend every class online and it is expected that it will stay like this for the current academic year. More details of how the Virtual Classroom will work are included in the video below. 

Which classes? Languages, Maths, all IT at Level 1 and above, Business, Health and Social Care, English Level 2 and above.

Other courses not listed under On-site will start as Virtual Classroom, such as SEND and Family Learning.

Would you prefer to learn in a classroom?

It might be that you don't have the right IT equipment at home, or you just prefer to learn in a classroom.

Whatever the reason that online learning doesn't work for you, let us know so we can try to help. Fill in our Register your interest form below and when we have enough people to run an onsite course in your chosen subject and level we will set one up and let you know about it.

Blended Learning (BL)

All blended learning courses planned for this year will be now be delivered fully online using the Virtual Classroom model until further notice.

Starting a course with BAES: September 2020

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