This page contains essential information and advice regarding COVID-19. We will update this page, along with our social media channels, if the situation changes.
If your question is not answered below please get in touch with us.
All our teaching and learning is back on campus
We have reviewed our additional measures to keep our students, staff and visitors as safe as possible, in line with Government guidelines:
- Wearing of masks is voluntary – free disposable masks are available from receptions
- Perspex screens are installed in busy areas
- Rooms will continue to be sanitised
- Hand sanitising dispensers are available throughout the College
Covid is NOT over, so please continue to play your part:
- Get both doses of vaccine when they're offered to you
- Wear a face covering in busy places and on public transport
- Keep your distance from others
- Get regular rapid tests
Please see our latest Covid-19 College Operational Risk Assessment PDF for more detailed information.
If you become aware of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at college, please report it using the links below.
If you receive a positive test result and your symptoms started within 48 hours of your last college visit, you should report it to us immediately to help with contact tracking.
- Student cases: please complete the COVID-19 case report form
Thank you for your cooperation.
Lateral flow home-test kits (COVID-19 tests) are now available for staff and students to collect from all college receptions.
We urge all staff and students to self-test twice a week.
These self-testing kits are provided by the NHS and come with a step-by-step user guide. Each kit provides enough equipment to carry out three individual tests, meaning the kit will last two weeks. You will be provided with two boxes, giving you a four-week supply.
All our college campuses are open.
Can I come into college?
As of 8 March 2021, our college campuses are open to students. However, we are currently working to ensure the reopening of college is done in a safe way, to ensure that all students achieve their qualifications in a safe learning environment. If you have any questions about whether or not you should be back in college, please get in touch with your tutor.
Are exams still taking place?
Please keep an eye on your student email account for detailed updates and advice on controlled assessments and exam times/dates. If you were due to take an exam, or are waiting for updates on when your exam will be rescheduled for, your tutor will be in touch as soon as they have this information.
I'm worried about my mental health
It’s understandable that you may be anxious about coming into college after lockdown. If you’re worried about your mental health, the following resources can be useful:
I have a specific question that I would like to discuss
In the first instance we would urge all students to speak to their tutor. In addition, the Department for Education’s Coronavirus Helpline is available to answer questions regarding education. Students and parents can contact this helpline on 0800 046 8687 (opening hours 8am-6pm Mon-Fri).
For advice on results, further study and appeals please visit the GOV.UK website.
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- you are fully vaccinated
- you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
- you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible. Children aged 4 and under will not be advised to take a test unless the positive case was someone in their own household.
You should not arrange to have a PCR test if you have previously received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19, as it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
- limiting close contact with people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
- wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
- limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
- taking part in twice weekly LFD testing
This advice applies until 10 full days after your most recent contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you are a health or social care worker who has been identified as a close contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.
Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend the setting as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the setting, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.