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Covid-19

Asymptomatic Testing

Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth have their Asymptomatic Test site at University of Plymouth’s Main Hall, just 5 minutes walk from the college. The testing centre is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth have their Asymptomatic Test site at University of Plymouth’s Main Hall, just 5 minutes walk from the college. The testing centre is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

This centre is only for all students without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) - to help confirm that they do not have COVID-19 as they may be unaware that they are infectious. The test is very quick and easy, with the results sometimes available within 30 minutes. These Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are a slightly different type of test to that which anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to take at sites such as the city centre’s Guildhall walk-in site (a PCR test).

We feel very fortunate to have been working together so closely with you to keep our college community and the local community safe. We know that your support and commitment has been vital in keeping our staff and students safe, especially those who are more vulnerable.

Appointments are quick to book online, please see your student email for the link, and will need to be made beforehand to ensure staggered arrivals and social distancing can be maintained. Read the FAQs below for important information about the test.

We do believe that taking part in this national testing scheme as well as following other national guidance will directly support and protect our friends, families and communities against COVID-19 and so we hope that you will take up this opportunity.

With the move to our hybrid timetable on Monday 26 April and the return to accommodation from the Easter Holidays, it is now more important than ever to access regular testing. We highly recommend testing at a local test centre before you travel back to your term-time residence to avoid travelling with the virus.

You can book at our University of Plymouth ATS centre by following the link on the Student Portal.

If your result is positive:

  • you and anyone you live with should self-isolate immediately

  • get a PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) to confirm your result as soon as possible – get a PCR test to check if you have coronavirus on GOV.UK

  • Continue to self-isolate until you get the result of the PCR test. Follow the advice you're given when you get the result.

IMPORTANT

In England, if you do not get a PCR test within 2 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 get a negative PCR result.


How To Get From Plymouth College of Art To Your COVID Testing Site


The Department for Education has advised that the HE home testing programme will commence during May 2021. Home testing is not a replacement for our own test centre which will still remain open. Instead, it will be an additional testing route with the aim of helping you access more regular testing.

We will also be making Home Testing kits available to pick up at the Main Reception. Students will be able to take one box each as we have a limited supply. Each box contains 7 tests and should last you 21 days.

It is recommended that wherever possible students should undertake three supervised tests at a HE ATS before transitioning to home testing. This is to ensure you are confident in conducting the test, before moving to home testing.


Please go to the Asymptomatic Testing booking link in your student email.

  • Click on the relevant button in your email
  • Click "Schedule an Appointment"
  • Choose date and time from the blue boxes – a tick will appear next to your selection
  • Complete some details about you
  • Click "Confirm Booking"
  • You will receive an email with your appointment details and an SMS reminder 2 hours before your appointment time
  • Should you wish to re-schedule or cancel, click on the "Manage Booking" link in the email and choose the option to "Reschedule" or "Cancel" as appropriate.
  • Remember to take a face covering and your student ID to your appointment

Please now repeat the steps above to book your second test.


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 health@pca.ac.uk.

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.