COVID-19: Attending College in September

UPDATE: Thursday 27 August 2020 // 11.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Advice for Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear Students / Parents / Carers,

I am writing to update you on the arrangements for the start of the new academic year in September following the lockdown we have experienced since March.

Can I thank parents and carers for all the support you have given to your son/daughter during the lockdown period. Students who are returning to us in September will have experienced the College delivering its timetable remotely, I was delighted with the success of this and would like to thank staff and students for adapting so quickly to this approach. The College held over 70,000 Teams meetings during this period which included all the normal college lessons and tutorials.

Attending College in September

A video covering some of the measures in place for the safe return of students in September.

Students have been contacted directly to inform them about arrangements for attending College in September.

New students and those starting the first year of a new programme are due to attend College from Thursday 3 September.

Students who are starting the second year of a two-year programme of study should attend from Monday 7 September, when all students will be at College as per the guidelines set out by the government.

The College will be delivering its normal student timetable and in response to the guidelines published by the government has put several measures in place for the safety of both its students and staff:

  • One-way systems in all buildings clearly indicated by blue arrows placed on the floor at a distance of 2m
  • Sanitiser stations at the entrance to all buildings, teaching rooms, workshops, laboratories and salons with everyone expected to use these facilities
  • Classrooms have been arranged with all the desks facing forwards and unnecessary furniture removed
  • Toilets have a one-in, one-out system with a maximum capacity on the door
  • There has been an increase in the number of daytime cleaners to provide increased wiping down of handrails, door handles and cleaning of the toilets around the campus
  • All loose paper left in classes at the end of the day will be removed
  • All eating outlets will be open, providing a takeaway service only. Queues will be marked at appropriate social distances
  • Social distancing “bunting banners” have been added across the doors of single occupancy offices to remind others not to step in but to speak from the door
  • All students and staff are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser and to wash their hands regularly. Students should also bring their own pens, pencils and a calculator as well as anything else needed for their course, such as personal art equipment or headphones
  • All practical based subjects will follow the latest sector or national governing body guidance in relation to practical activity
  • College buses will run as normal. We strongly recommend students wear a face covering and take the first available seat when boarding the bus. Students with valid bus passes will be prioritised, and we are using these to estimate numbers and avoid overcrowding. Please make sure bus passes are purchased before the start of term.
  • All staff and students must carry a face covering in a plastic bag whilst at College. Face coverings will be needed in the College Shop and at takeaway food outlets. Students are strongly advised to wear a face covering around the College, particularly when moving through corridors and are encouraged to wear them in classrooms and study areas. Those who are exempt from wearing a face covering are advised to carry or wear their exemption certificate, to avoid misunderstanding.

We continue to monitor the latest guidelines produced by the government and will add any new measures as appropriate.

With these measures and your support we look forward to student's safe attandance at College this September. 

Yours sincerely

Martin Tucker



What do I do if my son or daughter is ill?

Please contact the College through your son/daughter’s curriculum secretary in the normal way to inform us of the absence. 

If they have a new continuous cough, high temperature, a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste they should get a test for Covid-19 as soon as possible and follow the latest advice from the NHS.

Your son/daughter’s curriculum secretary must be notified if they are being tested and again when you have the test results. If the test is positive you should follow the NHS Test and Trace advice.

How can I support my son or daughter?

  • By providing reassurance
  • Discuss the College’s social distancing measures listed above with them ahead of their return so they are well prepared for the start of term
  • Encourage them to properly follow handwashing and personal hygiene advice
  • Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your son/daughter. Your son/daughter’s curriculum secretary should be updated with any changes.
  • If you have any specific concerns please communicate them through your son/daughter’s Programme Team Leader.

Will there be any changes to College buses?

College buses will run as normal. We strongly recommend students wear a face covering and take the first available seat when boarding their bus.

Students with valid bus passes will be prioritised, and we are using these to estimate numbers and avoid overcrowding. Please make sure bus passes are purchased before the start of term by heading to the new online Bus Portal. You can find out more information about the Bus Portal here.  

Students using public transport to and from College will be required to wear a facemask, in line with government advice.

For more information contact the Transport desk on 01872 267003.

Is it too late to apply for this September?

It’s not too late to apply for this September. There are lots of different options to discover that cater for all abilities and ambitions, including A Levels, Apprenticeships, T Levels, Vocational courses and more.

To find out more about our courses and how to apply, contact a member of our admissions team on 01872 267000 (Truro) or 01736 335000 (Penwith).

Are Part-Time Courses continuing at the College?

Part-time courses will be commencing at the College from September. You can find out more about the courses available and start dates in our brand new 2020/21 Part-Time Courses guide