Coronavirus Guidance

Updated 19 March 2021

Our number one priority continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, learners and stakeholders.  

As with all educational facilities across the UK, we continue to receive daily updates and advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England and will continue to follow the advice they provide.   

It is essential that learners check their College emails frequently for all important updates.  

The College has already implemented a number of safety measures, including: 

  • One-way systems 
  • Social distancing  
  • Thermal imaging cameras 
  • Face coverings  
  • Hand sanitising stations 
  • Deep cleaning of all Campuses  

In addition to this, when returning to College, you will also need to adhere to: 

Face coverings 

In addition to wearing a face covering within communal areas, you will also be required to wear face coverings within the classroom. Please note, face visors should not be routinely worn as an alternative to face coverings. 

Testing 

Along with the other protective measures the College are taking, asymptomatic testing will help staff and learners to remain in College safely. Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff.  All testing is offered free of charge. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Results (which take around 45 minutes from testing) will be shared directly with learners.  

Initially, learners will be offered onsite lateral flow tests, with the first three tests being offered onsite.  Following this, learners will then be provided with home test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice per week. We will support you towards being able to do this over the coming weeks.  

Testing is voluntary, however we encourage everyone to take part. 

Exams

The Government has now confirmed exam arrangements for summer 2021. The College is currently refining internal processes and will ensure these reflect the requirements of all exam boards for all qualifications including Apprenticeships and HE.  Exam boards will be releasing detailed information by the end of March, once this has been reviewed, learners will be informed of the appropriate process for their course. 

Further information regarding exam arrangement cans be found in the FAQs linked below. 

In the meantime, the College continues to provide, where possible, high-quality teaching, learning and assessment to learners via our virtual learning environments. It is essential that learners continue to:   

  • attend all timetabled remote sessions,   
  • engage in work set during lessons and work set outside of lessons,   
  • complete assignments and coursework which has been set by tutors,   
  • Speak to tutors about any reasons why you might not be able to attend or engage. 

We understand that this unprecedented situation is a worrying time for everyone. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated at this time. We will update our website on a daily basis, so please refer back to this page for all important information and FAQs.  

More information, advice and guidance about Coronavirus can be found here.  

If you or any member of your household are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not attend College. The government have issued advice and guidance on when to stay at home to support the prevention of the virus spreading. More information can be found here

Stay alert, stay safe. 

We’re here to help!

A number of FAQs can be found below.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A list of key contacts can be found here.