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Teaching at NCH for the Academic Year 2021/22

NCH London | August 4, 2021

We have always been committed to returning to on-campus teaching as soon as it is safely possible to do so and we are delighted to announce that we plan to recommence face-to-face teaching from the start of the new academic year at our brand-new campus, Devon House in St Katharine Docks!

This year’s Freshers’ will also take place on campus, including face-to-face inductions and events, and as such we expect all students to be in London from 18th September. As outlined below, we are aware that in exceptional circumstances some students might be unable to be on campus at the start of the term, in which case we will discuss arrangements that can be made in order to best support students in this position.

Whilst the current guidelines allow us to plan for a return to face-to-face teaching, we have learnt over the last year that COVID-19 is entirely unpredictable. A new variant or fourth wave may require us to adjust teaching methods in accordance with the UK government’s guidelines.

Of course, there are situations in which online teaching is unavoidable. With the government enforcing a 10-day isolation period for anyone who has been in close contact with a positive case, faculty members that have been contacted by Track and Trace, or pinged by the NHS app to isolate, will be required to switch to online teaching via Zoom. Likewise, if students are notified by the NHS Track and Trace app, they will also be required to self-isolate and study remotely for that period.

We hope the information below will give you more of an idea about what your year at NCH will look like.

Further information on teaching during the 2021/22 academic year will also be available on the COVID-19 FAQ  page.

Degree Programme Teaching

  • COVID-19-permitting we’ll deliver your lectures, seminars, group tutorials and one-to-one tutorials in person. Plus, you’ll have the option to have your one-to-one tutorials via Zoom if you prefer.
  • If you have a disability or exceptional circumstances, and may require support or adjustments, please contact Student Support and Development to explore what arrangements can be made to support your learning.

NCH Diploma Teaching

For Critical Reasoning, the majority of your weekly sessions will take place online, while a small number of sessions will be held in-person in the evenings.

LAUNCH 

We aim to deliver all LAUNCH sessions face-to-face where possible.

Office Hours

Office hours are times when members of academic staff are available to see students and discuss academic questions or issues, without a prior appointment. Office hours will take place online with Zoom links published to allow you to ‘drop in’ when you wish.

Future pandemic-related circumstances

In the event of a fourth wave of the pandemic or should the current COVID-19 guidance change, we will adjust teaching in accordance with the guidelines. You’ll find our current plan for such a situation below, however, this is subject to change depending on the UK government’s guidance.

Degree programmes

  • Large lectures and one-to-one tutorials will move online-only, while smaller lectures, seminars, and group tutorials will remain in-person, if they can be conducted in accordance with social distancing recommendations.

Diploma

  • The majority of sessions will be online.
  • There will be a sign-up system to register attendance for on-the-ground elements. It will also be live-streamed for the benefit of those that can’t attend in person.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new campus in September!