Frequently Asked Questions
These are new FAQs effective from 11am on Friday 14 May 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 17 May, face coverings will NOT be required to be worn in classrooms or outdoor spaces on campus.
For workshops and specialist settings (i.e. construction, motor vehicle, catering etc.) as well as corridors and communal areas, face coverings will still be required to be worn.
Students may also be requested to wear face coverings in classrooms as well by their teacher. While we would expect students to respect the teacher’s request, the teacher will not compel you to wear a face covering. In these circumstances class seating plans may be adjusted so that a student choosing not to wear face coverings is seated further from the teacher social distancing zone.
Q. Do I still need to test myself after Monday 17 May?
A. Yes, you will need to continue to complete an LFD test twice a week.
The results from the tests should be recorded here:
Additional test kits must be collected from the Student Service desks at each campus.
Q. Are the testing centres still open at college?
Q. What happens if I test positive for one of the Lateral Flow Device tests?
The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days.
Students who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the student can return to college, and their close contacts can end their self-isolation.
Q. I have previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, do I need to take a Lateral Flow Device test?
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 will need to start taking the Lateral Flow Device test. Please inform us when the 90 days period has been completed.
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 will continue to be in place until the end of term are:
- Applied a long-lasting anti-viral protective barrier to all classrooms and public spaces
- Adapted the campus, classrooms, and timetables
- Provided sanitiser
- Provided more food outlets
- Introduced booking for Learning Centres
- Staggered break and lunchtimes
- Limited contact with other students
- Suspended enrichment activities
- Immediately been in touch with any close contacts in the event of positive cases
- Informed those who are not a close contact but who share a class
Q. What are the plans for students who should have had exams later on this year?
A. If you are completing your current course this summer, then your final course assessment outcome may be determined by Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). We wanted to give further information about how assessment outcomes will be determined for courses that will complete in summer 2021.
There are several different approaches for the assessment outcomes for the courses that we offer at the college, so we have created a webpage here to give further information on the Teacher Assessed Grades.
Please read the information on that page carefully. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section available on that page which will detail some further information that will hopefully address any further questions that you may have.
The Government have produced a comprehensive guide to the awarding of assessments this summer and the guide is available here.
Pearson has produced a student communication that outlines its approach, and this is available here.