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Covid-19 updates

Information about Nescot's measures to make the college as safe as possible during the pandemic.


The academic year has now finished. Ahead of the new term commencing in September, we are preparing to follow the latest government guidance issued to schools and colleges. (click here to read BBC news item).

We are preparing as follows:

- We will be organising self-testing on campus at the beginning of term. All students aged 16-18 will be given times for supervised self-testing from 26 August. Students will be tested twice on-campus and be supplied self-testing kits for use twice per week until further notice. Their use by both students and staff is strongly recommended.

- Students will not be grouped into subject-based 'bubbles'. 

- Face coverings will not be required (except as legally required for certain activities eg in hair and beauty salons)

- We will continue to encourage hand washing and sanitising, and follow all relevant guidance locally and nationally as it is updated. 

- Enrolment will be taking place on-site during August. Attendance will be by appointment only.* Enrolment appointments will take place for students within their curriculum areas of study. We are requesting students to be accompanied by no more then one person on the day and companions will wait in a designated area.

Note that currently it is still a legal requirement to wear a face covering on public transport and in many indoor public spaces (eg shops). Please continue to protect yourself and our community by following this guidance when travelling to and from College.

Self testing and self-isolating

Covid-19 is still very much with us. Self-isolating if you test positive or display symptoms remains crucial – you must not come to college. See FAQs below for more information.

Students and staff are also requested to continue with asymptomatic self-testing twice a week. If you need more testing kits over the summer you can pick them up from main reception on campus (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Commercial customers

Customers and staff of our Innovation Salons must continue to wear face coverings.

Updates on this advice

We will communicate updates to government guidance through this web page and our social media channels, please make sure you are up to date with current guidance.

This page is updated when there are changes to guidance. Please check back here and follow us on social media to ensure you stay up-to-date.

*There is still time to apply and receive an enrolment appointment. Please choose your course using the 'Study' menu above and apply online.

Notice on household asymptomatic testing

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a college student or of a staff member, you can get twice-weekly symptom-free tests. The symptom-free tests for households are not available from schools or colleges

Households can book an appointment online at a symptom-free testing site, or collect a home-testing kit from a designated collection point, or if unable to travel to a site, order a kit online. You can find out more at

If your child or a household or bubble member develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free testing. Book a free test at or call 119.

General details of Nescot's Covid-19 procedures

We confirm we are complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19.


What happens if a student has symptoms or someone the student lives with has symptoms?

When the college is open, a student must not come to College if:

  • they or someone they live with is showing one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 which are a new, persistent cough, a loss of taste and/or smell and a high temperature. Parents / carers must inform the College immediately by contacting the Head of Department or Personal Development Coach;
  • the student (or the person the student lives with) should book a COVID test as soon as possible. The student’s parent / carer must inform the College that a test has been booked;
  • if the student (or someone the student lives with) has a positive result they must self-isolate for 10 to 14 days; (a negative test result means that the student can return to Nescot when the student feels well enough to do so. The student’s parent / carer must provide the College with the official notification confirming the result). SEE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.
  • the student has travelled to a country where there is a mandatory 14-day period of quarantine on return to the UK.

This page is updated when there are changes to guidance.
Please check back here and follow us on social media to ensure you stay up-to-date.