Frequently Asked Questions
These are new FAQs effective from 11am on Wednesday 25 August 2021.
This new edition of the FAQS has been created following the updated guidance
Q. Do I still need to wear a face-covering at college?
A. From Monday 6 September, face coverings will NOT be required to be worn in classrooms or outdoor spaces on campus.
For some specialist areas as well as Corridors and communal areas, face coverings will still be required to be worn.
Q. Do I still need to test myself before Monday 6 September?
A. Yes, you will need to complete two LFD tests in the week leading up to the start of term.
The results from the tests should be recorded here.
It is important that you test twice before the start of term. Therefore, please do the following:
- Do your first LFD test on or about 31 August or 1 September 2021 and register the result with the college using the link above
- Do your second LFD test on or about 3 or 4 September 2021 and register the result with the college using the link above
Additional test kits must be collected from the Reception & Student Services desks at each campus.
Q. Do I need to be vaccinated to attend college?
A. As the official guidance is that 16 aged 16 and 17 are now able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all adults, we would encourage all our students to get vaccinated as soon as possible because being vaccinated reduces the risk of having severe symptoms if you contract the COVID-19 virus. You don’t have to be vaccinated to attend college.
Details of where vaccinations are available are here:
Q. Are there testing centres at college?
A. You can arrange to do a supervised LFD test on campus if you wish to, but we expect students to find it more convenient and appropriate to take these tests at home, as most new and current students are already familiar with LFD testing from doing so throughout the summer term. To book an onsite test please call 01743 342342.
Q. Where can I get Lateral Flow Device Rapid tests from?
A. Any enrolled student can collect test kits from our London Road Campus reception from 08:30 on Monday to 16:30 on Friday (including during the holiday period). You can also obtain Test kits from local centres. Details can be found by following the links below:
Q. What happens if I test positive for one of the Lateral Flow Device tests?
A. If either of your lateral flow device tests returns a positive result, please ensure you self-isolate, follow government guidance and complete a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 2 days to confirm the result.
A PCR test can be booked via www.gov.uk or by calling 119
Should the PCR test return a negative result your self-isolation will cease immediately.
Q. I have recently had a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, do I need to take Lateral Flow Device tests?
A. If you have had a positive COVID-19 PCR in the last 90 days, then you do not have to take a Lateral Flow Device test. Once the 90 days have been completed, then you should start taking Lateral Flow Device tests again. Please inform us if you are not able to do LFD tests through the opt-out section in the Covid Test Results online form.
Q. Will there be other measures put in place to minimise the risk of infections to students and staff?
A. We will continue to use further measures on the three campuses to minimise the risk of infection. The measures that continue to be in place are:
- An enhanced cleaning regime to target key areas and touchpoints
- Application of a long-lasting anti-viral protective barrier to all classrooms and public spaces
- Provision of hand sanitiser throughout all campuses
- Provision of more food outlets to reduce congregation and mixing at break times
- Booked seating in Learning Centres
- Ongoing support for close contacts in the event of positive cases including informing those who are not a close contact but who share a class to advise them as needed.