New Students Welcome

Welcome to CRC!

We hope you’re enjoying the start of your course and have found your first few days interesting and exciting. Here’s a summary of key information to get you started.

Your safety continues to be of the utmost importance to us and we will continue to be vigilant against the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind we have the following plan should the infection rate increase and we need to reduce numbers learning in college.

Your timetable currently includes one online day and hopefully you have managed to navigate Teams and find all your classes. If not please  get in touch with your tutor straight away, as well as looking at the guidance below.

If you are already using Teams you will notice that we have already set up channels for classes delivered face-to-face. This is because we have planned flexibly in case we need to move more of your learning online.  This might be needed if you are self-isolating, or if required to work from home for another reason.

In the case of an increase in the local infection rate we may decide to move your timetable to two days online, or all three days online. The number of online days may differ from course to course. Those courses which are more theory-based will move online earlier than those requiring practical skills and workshop use. Because of this, please be aware you may increase the amount of learning you do online before friends on other courses.

In the event of a  national or local lockdown, which requires us to close all or part of the college, for example one of our campuses, some or all of our courses will move online. For students on our Supported Learning Programmes we will also continue to provide resources and learning materials through Teams and/or via the distribution of resources to support the continuation of learning.

If we do need to change your timetable in this way, we will let you know in a number of ways – your tutor will give you information via Teams and via ProPortal, we will email you with more information using your college email address, and we will put updates on the college website. In some cases we may also use text messages so please always ensure your personal details are correct on ProPortal. If they need amending let your tutor know straight away.

We will continue to  do everything we can to ensure we are all safe in college and to avoid changing to online learning. Your support with this is vital. This means we all need to remember to:

  • Get your temperature checked every time you come on campus
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Wear face masks in communal areas including the sports centre and wigwam at Cambridge Campus and the LRC, corridors and canteens at both our campuses.
  • Wear face masks on all college and public transport
  • Keep socially distanced (at least 1m) in all communal areas
  • Follow one-way systems
  • Respect the rules in classrooms
  • Let us know if you are going to be absent from College by calling 01223 418551, so we know you are safe. 

Temperature scanners are located at reception in Huntingdon and at the entrance to B, E and J blocks in Cambridge.  At the start of the day, there is also a temperature checker by the bus drop off in Cambridge and at the entrance for Supported Learners in Huntingdon.   As a reminder, it is a requirement that every student goes to their nearest temperature checker on arrival to campus. If the alarm goes off, indicating a high temperature, follows the instructions on the temperature scanner and our team will be on hand to support you.

Our Student Services team can be found in The Hub at each campus and are available to support you.  You will also find at both campuses Student Liaison Officers (SLOs), who patrol the college to answer any queries you might have and keep you safe. 

GCSE Autumn Sitting

This year, Ofqual have ruled that anyone who received a GCSE grade this summer should have the chance to resit it in November if they feel they can better their grade(s).

At CRC you will be able to sit your GCSE English Language and maths if you were not awarded a grade 4 or above this summer. You will have completed an initial assessment already in English and maths which will help us determine your suitability for a sitting in November and your result will be discussed with you by your teaching team. If you are worried you have not yet completed this please see your tutor or English/maths teacher.

If you sit in November you will still need to attend your English and/or maths lessons until we receive your results. If you do not receive a grade 4 in the autumn sitting you will have the opportunity to take the GCSE exam again in the summer.

If you have been already been awarded a grade 4 or above in English Language or maths,  and you sat your GCSEs at school, you should make contact with them if you would like to re-sit your GCSEs.  This also applies if you want to resit any other GCSEs from last year.

Please be aware that this is based on current guidelines from the Department for Education, and as such may change prior to the autumn exam series dependent on the National Covid situation

How to access Teams for online learning

You will have started to receive email notifications on your College email to join Teams for your course(s).

You can log into Teams using the desktop or mobile app, or via

Use your College student email and password to login.

Navigate to Teams to see the Teams created for relevant subject(s).


Click the relevant Team to see Channels with the day and time of the teaching session. To join a session, click on the relevant Channel for the class and click ‘Join the meeting’ to join the session. Use the conversation function (look for the ‘speech bubble’ icon) within the meeting to join in by text.


You can find more information about how to use Teams in the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Look for the link on the staff wall or login here:

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