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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated 18/01/2022


What happens if I test positive? 

If you test positive on a lateral flow device,  you should log your result with the NHS here and notify the college by completing the short form here.

You will need to follow NHS guidance and isolate in line with the latest guidance, which is available here. You may be able to stop isolating 6 days after your test as long as you have tested negative on days 5 and 6 with tests 24 hours apart and you do not have a temperature.

What happens if my test result is negative?  

If you test negative you can continue to come to College.

What happens if my test result is void?  

If your test comes back as void it means the test didn’t work and you should take another test as soon as possible 

What happens if I’m contacted by track and trace because I’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive?

If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine
  • you're under 18 years old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

If the above conditions do not apply, you need to isolate and complete a PCR test.

Even if you do not have symptoms, you're strongly advised to:

  • do daily rapid lateral flow tests (1 a day for 7 days), if you’re fully vaccinated, to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 - find out more about daily testing on GOV.UK
  • follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
  • consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19

What if I develop symptoms? 

Lateral flow tests are for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting 

How will the College keep me safe? 

The College will adhere to all of the guidance published by the Department for Education that is specific to a College environment. Please note that this can sometimes differ from the guidance for secondary schools which you will tend to see covered more in the media. The guidance for Colleges can be found here. This guidance determines when and where we’ll ask students and staff to wear face coverings, and when guidance on this type of issue changes we’ll notify students and staff directly.

In addition to any specific guidance, we’re asking everyone to test twice each week using the kits available from our reception areas, regularly wash and sanitise their hands throughout the day, respect the personal space of other users of our campuses, and keep our classrooms and workshops well ventilated.

We will notify students when these safety measures are no longer required. 

Do I need to tell anyone about my results? 

Yes, please use our online form here to let the college know your results.  We need to collect all results, not just the positive ones. 

When logging your results, if you have tested positive you will be asked to include a phone number so that the Health & Safety team can contact you to agree the next steps 

What happens if I don’t want to take part in testing? 

Although we are strongly encouraging all our staff and students to get tested, testing is voluntary and we are not able to enforce mandatory testing as a requirement for entry.   

We would like the opportunity to talk to you about your reason for declining the test, as we may be able to help if you are feeling anxious; however you will not be excluded from entry to college if you do not take part and you can attend as normal. 

I’ve had Covid recently, should I get tested? 

If you develop new symptoms you should arrange for a PCR test through the NHS. 

I have had a vaccine; do I still need to have a test? 

Yes, you can take part in the testing programme.  The vaccine works to protect you from the serious effects of Coronavirus, however there is a chance you might still get or spread the virus even if you have the vaccine.  Although you have additional protection, you could still pass it to someone who doesn’t.  

This means it is important to continue:

  • Respect the personal space of others
  • Wearing a face covering 
  • Cleaning your hands regularly 

When should staff and students do the testing?  

Staff and students should test twice weekly before coming into college, ideally in the morning. If they cannot take the test in the morning, they should take it as soon as possible before coming into college.