Frequently Asked Questions

Centre opening

  • Are the Kentwood and Poverest centres open ?

Both Kentwood and Poverest are open for personal enquiries, enrolments or to collect a certificate.  To check the status of your course, contact your tutor or phone us on 0208 659 7976.

You can email us at enquiries@baec.ac.uk . Emails are monitored daily and a member of the team will forward your enquiry to the relevant person.

Online Learning 

  • Can I study online in 2021 / 2022?

Some courses are delivered online - course titles are prefixed by the letter R. You can enrol on these courses in the same way as face-to-face courses. You will need a reliable internet connection, an email address and a computer with microphone/camera. 

A few courses are delivered in a 'blended' format, where we combine some classroom activities with online learning. You will need to contact BAEC to enrol on those courses and you will discuss the requirements for blended learning during the enrolment process.

We endeavour to deliver on site or online as stated in the course description. However, there may be occasions when we need to change the format of some sessions at short notice - for example, if a tutor is self-isolating. In the autumn term, when many Bromley schools have a half term break during two weeks, it may be easier to host some classes online. We will let you know if there are any changes by text or email, please check your messages regularly.

  • I have lost/have not received instructions to join online meetings. What can I do?

Your tutor will send you instructions on how to join remote meetings by email. To do this, he/she will use the email address shown on the course's online register. It is very important that BAEC has accurate information, if you change your contact details during the academic year, please let use immediately.

Tutors are asked to copy our administration staff in any invitation to remote meetings, so you can check with enquiries@baec.ac.uk or ring 0208 659 7976 to check your meeting details. Please note that there may be instances when the information is not available and we cannot guarantee that centre staff will be able to answer your query.

  • What support is available if I have difficulties joining in? 

You can find information on how to join remote meetings in the Guidance for Online Learning section of this website.

If you continue to experience difficulties, you can book a one to one training session with a Digital Champion. Please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk or ring 0208 659 7976 to request this.

If your need is urgent, for example difficulties logging in when your class is starting, please ring 0208 659 7976 so we can pass a message on to the tutor. While we cannot always guarantee that your message will be seen immediately, we will endeavour to ensure that you receive support as soon as possible.

Safety / Hygiene 

  • What safety precautions is  the college taking?

Our buildings and procedures are COVID-19 secure. Our Risk Assessments are regularly updated to reflect the latest government guidance. 

We regularly consult our learners to ensure that they have a say on appropriate precautions for their course. You may be asked to confirm your agreement to agreed class rules.

  • Are students required to take a Covid test to attend classes?

We are an Adult Education institution, so our learners are not subject to mandatory testing, but you have the possibility of taking a test if you wish.

You can collect a box of seven home testing kits from the Reception desk at both the Kentwood and Poverest Centres.
More information and Register your Results.

  • Face Coverings 

We follow the government latest guidance for education settings, which states

Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision/further-education-covid-19-operational-guidance

Members of staff or students who would like to wear a face covering are ok to do so. Tutors and students agree classroom procedures as a group in a democratic way, and review at intervals.

  • Regular cleaning 

Cleaning in classrooms is undertaken by site staff at the start and end of each day, and in between classes . If you attend more than one class during the day in the same room, you may need to vacate the room for a short while, so that cleaning can be completed between the morning and afternoon sessions. There is also regular cleaning throughout the day in high traffic areas e.g. toilets, corridors etc.

  • Social distancing

Screens are in place at our receptions.  A queuing system is in place at the counter, you may be asked to wait outside the building or in a waiting area if the queue is very big. Signage is in place to ensure that contact in corridors and common parts of the building are minimised.

The maximum number of students in each class is set, and  furniture placed, to allow for social distancing. These measures continue in autumn 2021.

In practical classes, tutors adapt their teaching to demonstrate and support individuals to minimise close contact.

Classes start and end times are staggered to reduce the number of people in corridors at the same time. We ask that you do not arrive for your class before the agreed time so that clusters of students do not wait outside classroom doors.

  • How do I find more information about specific measures relating to my subject?

More information on health and safety measures can be found by clicking on the relevant subject on the left-hand menu on our Home page. If you wish to discuss these in more detail, please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk and ask to be put in touch with a curriculum leader.

  • Is the café at the Kentwood Centre open? 

Yes, the café is open. You can take your drink to your classroom in a sealed container.

You are welcome to use the tables and chairs in the café or the outdoor courtyard area.

Please note that the café does not currently accept payment by card.

There are also vending machines available at Kentwood and Poverest. These are regularly cleaned throughout the day.

Enrolments

  • What are the Term Dates for 2021 / 2022?

You can find the term dates for 2021/2022 in the About Us section of our website, in the left hand menu. 

  • How do I enrol? 

You can enrol online by clicking here to view our  list of courses or by calling us on 020 8659 7976 for Kentwood and 01689 822886 for Poverest. 

  • When can I enrol?

While most courses start in September, we continuously add new courses so it is worth checking our Latest Courses page at any time.

The list of courses for the academic year 2021-22 is available on our website. You can also find more information on different subject areas by clicking on the headings on the left hand menu, on the Home page.

You can enrol online, on the phone or by coming to one of our centres (even if your course is at a different centre).

You can register your interest for English, maths, ESOL classes at any time by completing our Register Your Interest form, available here

  • Will I need an interview/assessment for my course? How will this be done? Do you offer interviews/assessments over the phone/online?

Assessments and interviews take place for English, maths, GCSE, ESOL, Learners with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (LLDD) and vocational qualification courses.  If you are interested in enrolling on one of these courses, you can register your interest here. Once you have applied for your course we will be in contact with details for your initial assessment and or interview.

  • Where can I find information on latest courses?

Check our website and social media for the latest news and updates on new courses.

  • My course is full, what shall I do?

Please contact our staff so we can put you on a waiting list. We continue to create new courses throughout the year in response to demand.

  • Can I come to college to find out about courses / initial assessments / speak to my tutor  / collect my artwork?

Both Kentwood and Poverest are open for personal enquiries Monday to Friday during office opening times.  You can contact us by phone on 0208 659 7976  or 01689 822886. 

You can email us at enquiries@baec.ac.uk . Emails are monitored daily and a member of the team will forward your enquiry to the relevant person.

Initial assessments for new course placements take place remotely. If you register your interest using this form we will contact you to make an appointment.

If you need to speak to your tutor outside of class time, you will need to make an appointment.

  • How do I contact the college?

Email us at enquiries@baec.ac.uk
Call us on 020 8659 7976.

Fees, credits and refunds 

  • What happens to my fee if I stop attending? 

Our Terms and Conditions state the procedure for credits and refunds if you cannot attend or in case of temporary disruption to learning. You can find them here or  in the Enrolment section of our website.

  • I have a credit on my account - how do I use it to enrol?

If you have credit on your account, you will need to contact the centres to enrol.

Please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk or call us on 020 8659 7976 for Kentwood and 01689 822886 for Poverest 

  • What will happen to my fee if my course does not go ahead? 

Out Terms and Conditions state the procedure for refunds in case of courses being cancelled or postponed.

  • I have a query about fees, who can I contact?

Please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk or call us on 020 8659 7976 for Kentwood and 01689 822886 for Poverest 

  • Is online learning cheaper?

No, the same fees apply. Although the method of delivery is different, you can expect the same quality of service with a qualified and experienced tutor, continuous support and assessment, online resources and/or help with digital skills and dedicated administration and management.