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Asymptomatic Testing

Our Asymptomatic Test site is currently CLOSED. To help keep our community safe from Covid-19, we ask everyone attending campus to take part in twice weekly home testing, with test kits for students and staff available to collect at Plymouth College of Art. There are two types of tests that are currently widely available.

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) give a response within 30 minutes. Because they are intended to detect people who have Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, these are only to be used if you have none of the main symptoms. We strongly advise that everyone attending a Plymouth College of Art campus takes two tests, three days apart before attending and continue to do this weekly during the pandemic.

Students and staff members can collect Lateral Flow Tests between 12pm and 2pm weekdays at our main Tavistock Place campus and at Palace Court.

Please report your test results through the NHS registration portal here using our Site ID code: BEVI.

In the case of a positive result, please make sure you inform us through the online absence reporting form. All positive LFT results need to be confirmed by taking an NHS PCR test.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 by a PCR test, you become exempt from asymptomatic testing for the next 90 days from the date of your initial symptoms. If you do develop new symptoms you should isolate and book a PCR test.


If you do not get a PCR test within two days of a positive rapid lateral flow test at a test site, you will need to self-isolate for 10 full days, even if you then receive a negative PCR result.

PCR Tests

PCR tests are designed for people who are experiencing any of the three main symptoms of Covid-19:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

You will need to book a free PCR test here at either a drive-through or walk-in centre. Alternatively you can also order them to be sent to your house, but your test will need to be sent to a lab before you receive a result. Results can be given as quickly as 48 hours. You and anyone you live with will need to isolate while waiting for your PCR results.

Watch an example of what happens when you go for a test

If you have any Covid-19 related queries, please send an email to

You can also keep in touch with the Students’ Union and your peers who may be isolating locally or at home by using the Facebook group or Whatsapp chat.