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Coronavirus Arrangements

As always, we are continuing to monitor government guidance as the Coronavirus situation evolves and will continue to update our website and social media channels with any changes. If you have any questions, please explore the Frequently Asked Questions below, and please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help. 

Coronavirus Arrangements - FAQs

Is the college open?

Yes, the college is open and the Autumn term starts on 6th September.

Is Covid testing still available at the college?

Covid testing at college will be available during the first week of term. All students will be requested to take a test at college during the first week. After this, all students will be given home testing kits to test again at home 3-5 days later.

Students will then be asked to continue to test at home twice per week, and the college will provide all students with testing kits.

Testing is voluntary but we strongly encourage everyone to take part to help protect our college community. 

Watch the following video for information on how to conduct your self-tests at home:

Please remember you must log your result with the NHS once you have completed your test here: Log your result here.

When will I receive my home testing kit?

Home testing kits can be collected from the Social Distancing Officers at the entrance to all college buildings.

Please remember to socially distance when you are collecting your testing kit at college.

Where should I conduct my home testing kit?

Please ensure you use your home testing kit at home, not at college. This is to reduce the risk of spreading infection. 

Make sure you log your test result with the NHS when you have completed it. Click here to log your test result.

Do I need to log my test result?

Yes, all test results must be logged with the NHS. This includes negative results. Click here to log your test result.

If your test is positive, you must stay at home and follow government guidance. You must also let your tutor know that you are unable to attend lessons.

How often should I self-test?

You should self-test twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart, ideally before you come to college.

What if I have recently had Covid? Can I still get tested?

If you have recently had Covid, please ensure your period of isolation has finished before you return to college.

If you have had Covid within the last 90 days, you won’t be able to have a test. This is because the test will likely give you a false positive result.

Do I have to have a test to attend my lessons?

Testing is voluntary but strongly encouraged.  If you do not wish to have a test, you can still attend class.  The College continues to be a Covid safe environment and we require all staff and students to maintain social distancing wherever possible and follow government guidance.

If you do not have a test, your attendance will not be affected.

I have already had a Covid test elsewhere. Do I still need to get tested at the college?

If you have had a test elsewhere within 3-5 days before attending College, you do not need to have another test.  We would be grateful if you could provide details of your test result if requested.

I have had the Covid vaccination, so do I need to be tested?

Yes, we do not yet know whether vaccines prevent individuals from transmitting the virus. If you have been vaccinated, you should continue to access the tests prior to attending college.


How do I report a coronavirus case?

You must also let your tutor know if you have Covid and/or are isolating and unable to attend lessons. You must stay at gome and follow government guidance.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus but have not yet tested positive, you should self-isolate immediately and get a test. If you are learning remotely and not due to attend college, you do not need to let us know unless it affects your online attendance.

What safety measures are in place at the college?

The City of Liverpool College is committed to following all government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and also takes additional measures to keep students and staff safe. Government guidance is always evolving and our measures are under continual, ongoing review. Some of the measures we are taking include: 

  • All staff and students are required to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas at all times.
  • Hygiene protocols and distancing/directional signage around centres which all students and staff must adhere to. Safety measures will also be in place in teaching spaces, LRCs and social areas to ensure you can access them safely.
  • Social Distancing Officers present on all college sites to ensure compliance and support in following safety measures.
  • Social distancing measures in place across all college sites, with maximum occupancy numbers for all rooms.
  • Guidance and information available for all students and staff on how to stay safe and keep others safe. 
  • Ensuring those with symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend college under any circumstances with clear guidance and information on this for all students and staff.
  • Social distancing officers at all sites.


Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in all communal areas while you are at college, unless you are exempt. You can remove your face covering while you are in your classroom as long as you can maintain a social distance of 2 metres.


I am feeling anxious about coronavirus, who can I talk to?

We are here to help you. Please click here for full information on how to access support services.

Will graduation ceremonies take place as planned in July?

Unfortunately, following recent government announcements regarding delays to the easing of restrictions, we have had to postpone this year’s graduation ceremonies. We are determined that the ceremonies will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so.

Can I still apply?

Yes! The College is still open for applications.  You can apply for college courses here 

I've already applied, what will happen with my application?

If you’ve received an offer from us, please be assured that nothing has changed and your offer still stands. If you’re still waiting to hear back from us, we are still processing applications daily and will be writing to you shortly to confirm your place at The City of Liverpool College.

Is the college still offering ACS assessments to external candidates?

Yes, the ACS assessment centre is open and operating in a covid secure manner. The centre is operating on reduced numbers in order to maintain safety and social distancing.

Please also note the following information from Gas Safe regarding extension of existing ACS qualifications:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the knock-on effect on the availability of ACS assessment centres, we have worked in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to extend ACS qualification for an additional 6 months beyond the qualifications’ original expiry date. This will continue until 31st March.

For example, any engineer whose qualifications expired on the 29th March 2020 had their competencies extended with a new expiry date of 29th September 2020.

Any engineers coming to the end of the extension period need to be aware that their qualifications will not be extended any further, unless there are exceptional circumstances, and these will be considered on a case by case basis. If this applies to you, please feel free to contact us with evidence to support your request.

If your qualifications have been extended, it’s important that you book your assessment as soon as you’re able to to ensure you can continue to work legally in these areas.

Can the college still conduct visits to employers' sites for apprentices?
Yes, as long as the employer has completed the college’s online risk assessment. Online risk assessments have already been sent to all employers but if you need another copy of the link, please contact your assessor.
I'm an apprentice, how will I know if something changes with safety measures/lockdown etc?

Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact

I'm an employer, how will I know of any changes affecting my apprentices?
Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact 
Is it still possible to secure an apprenticeship this year?

Yes! New apprenticeship sign-ups are still continuing. If you are an employer needing your apprentice to start straight away, we can arrange sign-ups via virtual meeting to speed things up.  If you have any queries, please contact 

How can I access the VLE?

The VLE remains accessible using the following link: you should log in as usual with your student username and password. Should you experience any difficulties logging in, contact the helpdesk at

How can I access student services?

You can contact student services using the email addresses below:

LRC enquiries:

VLE and e-Learning enquiries: 

Student finance enquiries: 

Childcare and nursery enquiries: 

IT helpdesk support: 

Careers Advice and Guidance – email: / tel: 0151 252 3607

There is also key information for students, and access to the VLE and other learning resources via the student intranet:

I am worried about the work that I/my child may have missed last year due to the disruption of the pandemic. Will the college help with this?

At the City of Liverpool College, students are at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to providing a high-quality education and learning experience for all students.

We know that students have had significant disruption to their education due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, whether that be with us here at the College or at school. It is important to us that students are supported to catch up and develop their skills.

To help students catch up, we will be delivering a comprehensive programme of tuition support across the college for our 16-19 study programme students, over and above their planned delivery for this academic year. All students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, have outstanding assessment objectives from last year, and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are eligible for additional help and will be able to access small group (1 to 3 or max 1 to 5), tuition with us at the College.

Wherever possible, we will also support students who have achieved grade 4 in English and/or maths but need that extra level of support to reach their potential in their chosen field of study.

We have identified four core cohorts that we will be targeting over the year:

1.   November resits for GCSE English and maths – intensive preparation

2.   GCSE English and maths catch up support

3.   Functional and basic skills support

4.   Non-English and maths support – includes vocational, academic, and technical catch up sessions.

I have another query, who should I contact?

Members of our College Information team are available via: