Covid-19 FAQs

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in classrooms or communal areas around the College from Monday 21 February. However, staff and students may still wear them if they choose.

Lateral flow tests

To make sure that you, your friends, staff and visitors are safe whilst on College premises, the government has said that all full-time study programme students should be tested for Covid-19, using lateral flow tests – which give results in under 30 minutes. You can get tests from many places and order them online. Find out where to get tests.

Although many people have been vaccinated, there are lots waiting for their vaccination or booster. We have students and staff of all ages, and from a huge range of backgrounds and we want to make sure that we are doing all we can to protect everyone, so that we can stay open and keep everyone learning.

Remember that when you enter one of our campuses you should sanitise your hands immediately and try to follow advice from Public Health England –

  • fresh air
  • testing
  • face coverings
  • app, and
  • handwashing

Lifts will only be available to those unable to use the stairs, and then only one person at a time will be allowed in the lift.

You can find out more about how we are keeping you safe on campus here.

We have put together the following FAQs. If your question hasn’t been addressed and your enquiry is urgent please contact us. 

Last updated 22 February 2022.

Covid vaccinations

Many groups you can now book a Covid vaccination or booster.

Keeping you safe on campus - our covid-19 measures

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back on campus, we have put together this video which showcases what safety measures we have put in place.

You should continue to use hand sanitise when entering a building and regularly throughout your time. When washing your hands make sure to follow hand washing guidance and when you use the toilet remember to put the lid down before you flush the toilet.

General questions and answers

What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19  

If you have a test and the result is positive you should contact us by calling 0116 224 2240 option 2, including the following information:

  • the date your symptoms started
  • the date you get the positive test result
  • who you have been in close contact with in college for 2 days before you started to have symptoms or tested positive. Examples of close contact include:
    • close face to face contact (under 1 metre) for any length of time – including talking to them or coughing on them
    • being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes – including travelling in a small vehicle

You should them follow national rules on self-isolating.

What happens if there is a confirmed case among staff or students on site? 

Where an individual tests positive who have been in College during the previous 7 days we will send the rest of their class/group home and they should self-isolate for 10 days. If you are told to self-isolate you should not come into College for any reason.

Other wider household members of people sent home do not need to self-isolate, unless the person they live develops symptoms.  

As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the individual’s cohort or in the College, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure. 

It will not generally be necessary for the whole college to close 

 

Can I contact you with a query?  

Yes absolutely – you can use our contact form for general enquiries. 

Business that work with us should email their business partner or contact us. 

Students should contact their tutor if they have any specific queries.

I need some advice about what course to apply for. Is there anyone I can talk to? 

The College’s award-winning and independent careers team for people under 19, and the National Careers Service for adults 19 and over are still able to give advice and guidance – just not in person. 

Get in contact with the careers team. 

What steps is the College taking to maintain safeguarding measures?  

Whilst many of our students are now being supported to learn remotely safeguarding is still an absolute priority. If you have any concerns about the safety of one of our students, please contact us on 07825 175729 and 0791 7370304. 

What should I do if I am contacted by track and trace? 

You should follow the guidance given at the time. This changes regularly, please take a look at the government’s advice for the most up to date information.

 

Prospective students questions and answers

Can I still apply to the College?  

Yes absolutely you can apply for part-time courses that are still enrolling for this academic year, and you can apply for full time courses starting in September 2021.

If you’re 16-18 you can apply to courses through the College website or if your school uses Positive Steps @ 16 (PS16) application system. 

If you’re 19+ you can apply to courses on the College website by searching for the course of your choice and then clicking ‘Apply Now’. 

I’ve applied to the College but haven’t had an offer yet. What should I do? 

We are working to issue offers to all applicants, but this is taking longer than in usual circumstances. 

I cannot afford to pay the tuition fees for my course. Can I get help to pay my fees? 

If you are under 19 on 31 August 2021 and starting a full-time course you do not have to pay tuition fees.

If you are 19 or over whether you have to pay fees depends on a number of factors.

If you have to pay tuition fees you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. You will not be able to apply for this until we send you the loan offer letter, with information about how to apply. This will be sent out during May. 

If you have to pay your fees yourself you may be able to pay by instalments if the fee is more than £150. 

I can’t afford to pay for travel to College, childcare, meals or material fees. Is there any help available? 

We have two learner support funds to help people on low incomes: one for students aged 16-18, and another for adults aged 19 and older to help towards the costs of travel, childcare, essential kit, and meals in College. The amount of money we have for these funds is limited. It is allocated on a first come, first served basis so you should apply as early as possible. 

Can I apply for more than one course?  

You can apply for more than one course, however only one offer will be made which means if you meet the entry requirements for the first choice this will more than likely to the course you will be offered. 

I need some advice about what course to apply for. Is there anyone I can talk to? 

The College’s award-winning and independent careers team for people under 19, and the National Careers Service for adults 19 and over are still able to give advice and guidance – just not in person. 

Get in contact with the careers team. 

Higher education questions and answers

HE students at Leicester College will be able to study in College, like our other students.

My contact details have changed.

If your contact information has changed please let us know, as we will keep our current and prospective students up-to-date with information either by post, text messages, emails or social media communications from Leicester College. 

I’m interested in studying Higher Education at Leicester College – how can I apply? 

It depends on whether you want to apply for a full or part-time course.

I am on a DMU accredited course, what advice is there for me?   

Information is available from DMU for all their students, including information on student accommodation and what facilities remain open.   

I’m in receipt of Disability Student Allowance – how can I have my needs assessed? 

In response to the Coronavirus, Student Finance England has announced that it is possible for students to access their DSA needs assessment remotely. They will need to contact their local access centre to find out availability.