Absence and Sickness

Good attendance and punctuality are key factors in progress, attainment, successful outcomes and employability.

The College expects you to attend your timetabled classes, to be punctual and to make good progress in coursework and assessment.

However, at times, illness or wider personal circumstances may impact on attendance, punctuality, progress and/or achievement. In these circumstances it is important to approach your Guidance Tutor or Course Leader to engage in a discussion, and to access College services whenever needed.

Self-authorised absence certificate

Students have an allowance of Self-authorised absence certificates. This varies depending on your mode of study (e.g. Full time, Part time) and the length of your course each teaching year (e.g. 36 weeks, 18 weeks, etc)

Full time students enrolled on a 36 week course (e.g. August to June) this year have an allowance of up to 5 self-authorised absence certificates per teaching block.

Each certificate covers up to one full day of absence. The allowance will refresh with each new teaching block.

A Self-authorised absence certificate will show on the attendance register as a ‘C’ against the date.

Medical certificate

If you have a hospital appointment, or are admitted to hospital, or have a doctors sick-line, you should post a copy of this into the mailbox outside Student Advisory Services.

You do not need to use a self-authorised absence certificate if you have a valid medical certificate or sick-line.

A Medical Certificate will show on the attendance register as a ‘D’ against the date.

Authorised absence

Sometimes a student’s wider personal circumstances creates an instance where an authorised absence may be granted. Discuss this with your Guidance Tutor or Course Leader.

An Authorised absence will show on the attendance register as an ‘X’ against the date.

Unauthorised absence

This is the default mark recorded on the register for non-attendance at a timetabled activity.

It is important, where possible, to take action to convert this to another register mark.

An Unauthorised absence will show on the attendance register as an ‘A’ against the date.

The MyDay Attendance Tile will display a red dot against any date with an unauthorised absence to help you find these and take action.