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the Return to college in january

Updated 31.12.20

Andover College Further Education (including Access to HE students) and Apprenticeship Students 

The government has advised that all colleges in England will be required to revise their arrangements for the start of term as part of the national effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

The college will recommence delivery online for the new term from Monday 4 January with lessons happening as per your normal timetabled arrangements. 

The college then plans for A2 Level students taking exams this summer to return to learning in person on Tuesday 12 January and for all other learners to return to in-person learning on Monday 18 January. All lessons will continue online until your return date.  

You were contacted directly by your curriculum leader before Christmas with details of how to access your online learning. If you are unable to gain access please make contact with your progress coach who will support you to recommence your learning from Monday 4 January. 

You will receive a letter from us by Monday 4 January which will provide full details of your return and test date. Your first test date will be between Tuesday 5 and Friday 8 January with a second test the following week. The College is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) of Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not. 

Whilst all students are urged to get tested on their return to College to help protect themselves and the wider student community, participation in testing is voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age. For students under 18, parents and guardians are asked to urgently return the consent form you received in your original letter from us as soon as possible to allow us to put sufficient testing provision in place. Your follow up letter will also republish the consent form for your urgent consideration. 

As previously advised all formal public exams will continue as planned between 4 and 15 January. 

Full and Part-Time 

Monday 20 April 2020 to Friday 26 June 2020 

A-Level Learners in Year 1 of programme – Monday 20 April 2020 to Friday 10 July 2020 

Reading Break 

Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020 

Bank Holidays 

Monday 8 May 2020, Monday 25 May 2020


Friday 4th September – induction for all learners on the 1st year of their A-level or equivalent qualification

Monday 7th September – induction for all learners starting a full-time vocational or technical qualification

Wednesday 9th September – induction for returning students on the 2nd year of their programme (such as Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diploma, A-level courses)

Full and Part-Time (All students on 1 Year programmes and Level 3 students in Year 1 of study) 

Monday 7 September 2020 to Thursday 17 December 2020 (14.1 weeks) 

Full Time (Level 3 students in Year 2 of study, not including A2 and SD)

Wednesday 9 September 2020 to Thursday 17 December 2020 (13.3 weeks) 

Reading Break 

Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020 (5 days) 

College Christmas Holiday 2020 

Andover College will close at 5pm on Thursday 17 December 2020 for the Christmas break.

Full and Part-Time 

Monday 4 January 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021 

Reading Break 

Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021 

Easter Public Holiday Weekend 

Friday 2 April 2021 to Monday 5 April 2021 

Student Spring Holiday  

Friday 2 April to Friday 16 April 2021 

Full and Part-Time 

Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 25 June 2021 

A-Level Learners in Year 1 of programme – Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 25 June 2021 

Reading Break 

Monday 31 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021 

Summer Public Holidays 

Monday 3 May 2021, Monday 31 May 2021, Monday 30 August 2021

Each Reading Break commences on Friday at 5.00pm 

The College year equates to 35 Teaching Weeks* 

*Although the College teaching year is 35 weeks – this includes 5 days scheduled staff development training (to allow the College to meet the DfE CPD requirement). As a consequence the taught time for students is equivalent to 34 weeks.

  • 28 September: 2nd October: Progress Review Week 1
  • 30 September: Distance Learning Day
  • 16 – 20 November: Progress Review Week 2
  • 17 November: Distance Learning Day
  • 8 – 12 February: Progress Review Week 3
  • 12 February: Distance Learning Day
  • 26 November: Consultation Evening 1
  • 2 March: Consultation Evening 2