COVID-19 Testing for Students

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I have had my first test at the College, what happens now? (12/03/21)

Students who have had their test at the College are in the process of being booked in for further tests over the coming fortnight.

Once these tests have been completed, students will be able to continue regular testing using home-testing kits that will be provided by the College.

Reporting results for tests carried out at home

Like staff, students are asked to use the NHS COVID-19 results reporting service that you can find here. Results need to be reported to the site within 24 hours, or they can use a smartphone to scan the QR code printed on the Later Flow Test device.

Students only need to notify the College of their results should they test positive, and this can be done by sending an e-mail to

I have given consent to be tested, what happens now?

Lecturers and Academy Managers are in the process of contacting students to notify them of when they are to attend the College for onsite testing – you might have already been given this information.

The College is allocating appointments via course groups. If you haven’t been contacted yet, don’t worry: you will be contacted in the near future.

Limited site capacity and the need to uphold social distancing means only a certain number of students can be tested at one time, but we will work through testing as quickly as possible whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety.

Please do not attend the College before you receive your appointment for testing.

On the day of your test, it is essential that you arrive on time. Late arrival without genuine reason could prevent you being tested. We also ask that you arrive no more than five minutes before your appointment.

Once you have been tested, you must leave the College immediately and return home to continue with your online learning. Your results will be sent to you via text.

What to expect when being tested

Lateral Flow Tests give a result in 30 minutes. They are painless and easy to carry out, but we appreciate some people might be anxious about the process. As you might be aware, students will be asked to carry out the tests themselves, but there will be support within the testing centre if you are unsure or nervous.

This video will provide you with more information about what to expect on the day:


I am being tested regularly elsewhere/through work, do I still need to be tested at the College?

Testing is voluntary and is not required to return to the College, whether you are tested elsewhere or not.

If you are being tested elsewhere and wish to be part of the College’s onsite testing scheme, you are still welcome to be tested onsite.

I have had COVID-19 and have been advised that I could continue to test positive for up to 90 days, should I get tested?

Testing is voluntary and is not required to allow you to return to the College for onsite teaching.

If you have had COVID-19 and opt in to be tested, you will still be expected to follow the guidance on self-isolation should your test return a positive result.


Asymptomatic testing helps to identify and isolate people who show no signs of having COVID-19.

We are using antigen lateral flow device (LFD) tests, which are highly specific meaning that only a small proportion of people who do not have COVID-19 will receive a positive result.

Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford shows that LFD tests are appropriate for large-scale population testing, including for asymptomatic people.


The ultimate aim of testing is to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. As many as one in three people with COVID-19 show no signs of having it, that is they are “asymptomatic”. Testing regularly helps stop the virus spreading.


The Department for Education expects all staff working on site in secondary schools and colleges to undertake regular LFD testing in school. And all students should be tested on their first week back to class at school/college. Testing is on a voluntary basis.


An Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) has been set up in each secondary school/ college and testing is done using self-swab LFD tests, which produce a quick result in about 30 minutes.

If the result is positive, self-isolation is required following current public health advice.

If the result is negative, national and local rules and guidelines must be followed including regular handwashing, social distancing and wearing face coverings, where required.


The Government guidance for testing students is that, after an initial programme of three tests in College, students will be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home.