Covid-19 FAQs

We’re open!

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown from Thursday 4 November, schools and college are still allowed to stay open. Our campuses continue to be open to staff, current students, apprentices, and new students who have enrolled. You should only come into college buildings when you are timetabled to do so or if you need to access other facilities such as the library. 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. 

If you are a student and want to find out more information about what will happen when we re-open please take a look here.

Remember when you are in college think: hands, face, space.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands when you enter a college building
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Stay at least 1 metre away from others, ideally 2 metres.
If you can’t be more than 2 metres from someone you must wear a mask or face covering.

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 14 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 

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 calling 0116 224 2240 option 2.. We will ask you:

  • 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.

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.

General questions and answers

What should I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms? 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test. If you test positive you should let the College know by calling the absence line on 0116 224 2240 option 2.

I am clinically vulnerable and can’t come into College. What should I do?

The NHS has a list of who is at high risk from Coronavirus, and the Government has issued guidance on what people who are shielding should do.

For young people, the evidence shows there is a very low risk of becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19), even for young people with existing health conditions. Evidence now shows that young people under 18 who were originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should speak to their GP or specialist clinician if they have not already done so, to understand whether they should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those young people whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend education whilst the national restrictions are in place. Further education colleges will need to make appropriate arrangements to enable them to continue their education at home.

Young people who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend education.

Students who are over 18 and who receive a letter confirming that they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend education whilst the national restrictions are in place. Colleges will need to make appropriate arrangements to enable them to continue their education at home.

Students who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend education.

What guidance has been issued to Leicester College about the new restrictions?

We are following guidance issued by the Department for Education for education and childcare settings.

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? 

If you’re told you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus: 

  • stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear 
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home 
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care 
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible 
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms.

If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days. 

If you have to stay in the same home together, read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with. 

I’m struggling being at home and away from College and my family and/or friends? Where can I get some help? 

There are lot of places that are still offering help and support for people. Even though they may not be able to offer face-to-face help you can still talk to them on the phone or online. There is advice available on the NHS’s every mind matters website. You can also contact the organisations below. 

  • Samaritans. Call free any time, from any phone 116 123. 
  • StayAlive. Suicide prevention. 
  • Turning Point. Free 24/7 mental health crisis helpline for over 18s in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Telephone 808 8003302. 
  • The Mix. Essential support for under 25s. Telephone 0808 808 4994. 
  • Kooth. Online support for young people. 
  • ChatHealth. NHS free and confidential text messaging service.

We know that being at home for long periods of time can be stressful and relationships may become strained. If you are concerned about your safety you can contact any of the below. In an emergency call 999. 

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 2020 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. 

How do I get a reference added to my application now that the schools are closed?  

Your school should still have access to your records and will be able to provide a reference for your application before your submit it. 

If you apply without a reference, your application will be returned to you and you will need to get in touch with your school before you resubmit it. 

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

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.   

Even if the College is not fully open – will I still receive my student loan? 

Returning and new students should apply for 2020-21 student loans as normal. New applicants should apply as soon as an offer is received onto your course. Returning students should apply immediately for 2020-21 if you have not already, even if you are unsure of your academic results for 2019-20. Please visit Student Finance for guidance on how to apply.

Fee liability, tuition and maintenance loans will be processed as usual for 2020-21, with your registration being confirmed upon enrolment, and the College confirming your attendance termly. Although you may not be asked to attend all lessons physically, as long as you are still engaged in the programme, you will continue to receive support and funding.  If you have any queries about your student finance, please contact our welfare team.

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.