January 2022 update: Changes to Covid testing if you don't have symptoms -  Click here for more 

Updated on January 3: 

Please note that students, staff and visitors must now wear a mask in all areas of the college, including classrooms. This is in line with the government's announcement yesterday (Sunday). You must also take a lateral flow test at home before returning to college. Please note that if you are travelling by train your journey may be affected by disruption. Please check before you travel on nationalrail.co.uk. For the latest information about Covid-19 please click here


Nescot wishes all our staff, students and college partners a happy and healthy Christmas, and looks forward to welcoming you back in January. 

Before you return

Staff and students must do a lateral flow test before the start of term on Tuesday January 4. You must take a test at home on Monday night or Tuesday morning. If you test positive you must self-isolate, book a PCR test, and let the college know. Students must inform their personal development coach or head of department, and staff must inform their line manager and email covidsupport[at]nescot.ac.uk.

When to have a PCR test

You must get a PCR test if you have symptoms, if you get a positive result from a home lateral flow test, or if you are told that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. This includes if you are contacted by the NHS via text message or the Covid-19 app. A close contact means:

  • Someone you live with
  • Someone you travelled in a car with
  • Someone you were within one metre of for one minute
  • Someone you were within two metres of for 15 minutes over the course of one day.

A person is infectious from two days before their symptoms start or before their positive result, and for ten days afterwards.

Find out more about booking a PCR test

When to self-isolate

If you have symptoms or you have a positive result from a home test you must self-isolate while you wait for your PCR test result. If your PCR result is positive you must self-isolate for ten days no matter what your age or vaccination status is.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive you must self-isolate for ten days unless you are exempt. If you are exempt you must take a lateral flow test every day for seven days. If you get a positive result or you develop symptoms then you must self-isolate and book a PCR test. You are exempt if:

  • It has been more than 14 days since you had your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS, or
  • If you’re aged less than 18 years and six months, or
  • You’re taking part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial, or
  • You can’t have a vaccine for medical reasons.

Find out more about who should isolate, and when

What self-isolation means

If you are self-isolating you must not have visitors and must not leave your home except to get a PCR test. You must not come to college for any reason while you are self-isolating. Try to avoid the people you live with as much as possible.

Find out more about how long to self-isolate here

Covid-19 vaccination

You can book your Covid-19 vaccination online. Nescot students and staff can drop in to the vaccine clinic on-site for their first, second or booster dose. Please take your Nescot ID, vaccination card, and NHS number with you.

Find out more about booking your vaccination online