Returning to college

College is open with safety measures in place

We’ve made our college campus as safe as possible and we are now open to many of our students. If you haven’t already, please speak to your tutor before you return to college.

We understand that you may have concerns about being at college during the pandemic, but the safety measures we’ve had in place have proved a real success at controlling the spread of Covid-19. We want to reassure you that we are teaching in a Covid-19 safe environment and we will continue to implement extensive measures to ensure student and staff safety. The safety of students and staff is at the forefront of all our plans for on-site learning.


To keep everyone even safer at college campus, it is expected that all students who attend will take a Covid-19 test twice weekly.

Our college has had successful safety measures in place and these tests are an additional safety measure. Testing is really important because Covid-19 cases can show no symptoms, allowing it to spread without the host realising.

We’ve created a helpful video to show how testing is done at college.

Further education students can now take tests at home twice per week. This process may be different if you are an apprentice, higher education or adult learner, so please speak with your tutor to confirm your approach to testing.

For any students who are self-isolating, remote education will continue. If you are a student and have any questions, please speak with your tutor.

How to take a test

Taking a test is quick and easy. Watch this video from Public Health England to see how it’s done. You can also read the guides below.

How to take your tests (with a helper) 

How to do a rapid Covid-19 self-test 


Please have a read of our FAQs, which may answer some of your queries. Make sure to speak with your tutor if you have any further questions.

Safety measures on campus

Returning to college is important for the quality of our students’ learning and wellbeing. We will continue to take safety measures seriously to keep our students and staff safe. 

This includes:

  • testing for staff and students (as described above)
  • the continuation of social distancing measures
  • wearing face coverings 
  • the ‘bubble’ grouping system
  • increased hand sanitiser stations on campus.


The Department for Education has confirmed that this year’s A Level results will be decided by teachers, using a combination of mock exams, coursework and essays to determine grades.

In terms of vocational and technical exams, teachers’ grades will be used to replace written vocational exams, in the same way as A Levels. Where there are practical, hands-on skills to be tested, such as for a professional qualification, some of these exams will continue in a Covid-safe way. 

The full details of how all of this will work for vocational and technical qualifications, such as BTECs, isn’t quite clear yet, but we’re monitoring this closely.  

Results days are set to be earlier in August, with A Levels being announced on 10 August.

It’s vital that you’re engaged with your learning at college. Please raise any concerns you have with your teacher. We will ensure that a clear and fair system that considers a range of evidence is in place for your grades.