Frequently Asked Questions

These are new FAQs effective from 17 June 2022.

This new edition of the FAQS has been created following the updated guidance provided by the NHS.

The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Q. What are the rules on testing?
A. Most people are no longer advised to get tested, if you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.
Further information can be found at

COVID-19 test can be purchased from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Q. What if I have one or more of the main symptoms or test positive?
A. There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however, if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the Government's guidance is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. We request you not attend during this time.

If you are 18 and under it is recommended you self-isolate for three days, if over 18 it is recommended you self-isolate for five days.

Q. What information do I need to provide to the college if I am absent due to COVID?
A. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all absences
Q. Do I need to wear a face-covering in classes at college?
A. From Monday 28 February, face coverings will be optional in corridors and other public places on all three of the college campuses.

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: