Last updated: 16 July, 2021
Following current government guidance on the roadmap for exiting the national lockdown, England will move to the final stage starting the 19th of July with certain measures lifted. However, it is still expected, and recommended, that people wear face coverings in enclosed spaces and in situations where they may not be able to adhere to social distancing precautions.
According to Public Health England, UK cases continue to rise, particularly in relation to the Delta variant. Taking this into consideration, it is extremely important that the British Academy of Jewellery continues to proceed with caution and takes all measures possible to safeguard our learners and staff.
All learners and staff will continue to be required to wear face masks in all communal areas of the Academy and adhere to social distancing measures throughout the remainder of the summer term.
Learners are expected to carry on with their lessons and take part in activities during their normal timetabled hours and full attendance remains mandatory. BAJ continues to monitor the attendance and participation of learners, as well as offer full individualised support and access to pastoral care so that they continue to work towards their qualifications.
BAJ regards the safety of its learners and staff as paramount, and we are continually consulting Government guidelines for how to conduct learning safely. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to adapt to the situation and provide regular updates.
Outside periods of national lockdown (during Tier 4 and under), the British Academy of Jewellery is operating face-to-face learning for the 2020/2021 academic year, in line with continued advice from the UK Government and Public Health England. Courses are being run with a blended online/offline delivery method to ensure the health and safety of learners while still allowing them to acquire practical skills in the workshop with the same amount of time at the bench. To help minimise the risk of increasing Covid-19 infection rates, the numbers of learners present within the college are controlled and limited to ensure social distancing.
The British Academy of Jewellery has undertaken the appropriate risk assessments and continues to prioritise the health and welfare of students and staff.
Safety on campus
Find out more about how we are ensuring safety on campus and our Covid-19 health and safety measures here.
2020/2021 term dates
Term dates for the upcoming year remain the same. Social distancing measures will be in place and we are working to plan for every contingency to ensure that all courses are as effective as possible.
Elements of all courses will be delivered via tutor-led online virtual classrooms where possible to minimise the risk to students and staff.
To find out more about these measures in practice, watch our video here.
BAJ is currently accepting applications from new and progressing learners to courses scheduled for the next academic year, 2021/2022. Interviews for prospective learners are being held via video conferencing. If you are interested in applying please follow this link.
BAJ is scheduling virtual open days which you can register for here.
All current Diploma courses continue to run. BAJ closely follows advice of all exam boards and awarding bodies and will make adjustments as seen fit.
BAJ’s online courses are accessible here.
Short courses on campus
Communication with current students
BAJ is communicating regularly with current students by email. Students should check their emails and Canvas messages for the latest updates and contact details of BAJ staff should they have further questions. We are on hand to support you with any safeguarding concerns you may have.
- Public Health England coronavirus information and advice
- NHS website: for common questions about the virus
- UK Government coronavirus action plan
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office: travel advice
- UK Council for International Student Affairs: information for international students
- World Health Organisation coronavirus advice