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Asymptomatic Testing

Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth are working together to set up an Asymptomatic Test Site for students in the Main Hall at the University of Plymouth campus, just 5 minutes walk from the college.

Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth are reopening the 2nd phase NHS Test and Trace facility at University of Plymouth’s Main Hall, just 5 minutes walk from the college, from 4 January to 3 March inclusive. The testing centre will be open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

This testing centre is only for 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 January phase of testing was originally planned to allow students who returned to Plymouth College of Art after the Christmas break to resume face-to-face on-campus teaching safely.

However, due to national lockdown restrictions announced in early January 2021, our campus is now closed and everyone should stay at home until further notice, with all teaching taking place online.

National guidelines have also now changed to recommend that only one Lateral Flow Test is needed. If you return a positive result you MUST now self isolate for 10 days. You no longer need to take a second PCR test to confirm this result.

Government guidance on travel dictates that you should not travel back and forth from your term time and holiday address during lockdown, however if it is necessary for you to travel in order to return to university, you should arrange to have an asymptomatic Lateral Flow Test before you travel in order to avoid spreading the virus. Check your college email for further details and for the link to book your tests.

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.

Testing will take place a very short walk away from our Tavistock Place campus at University of Plymouth’s Main Hall, between 9am and 5pm every week day from Monday 4 January 2021 to Wednesday 3 March, inclusive.

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.

Book A Test

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About asymptomatic testing for COVID-19

The testing process

Your results

Contact Us

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.