Coronavirus Information 


Update to the wearing of face coverings in college.

Following the recent government announcement regarding our route out of lockdown, from May 17th (Monday) students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas.

Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms.

Please note, we strongly recommend that students should continue to wear face coverings outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).  In addition, those who feel more comfortable wearing a face covering should continue to do so.

In the event of a localised outbreak, we may find it necessary to reintroduce face coverings for a temporary period.

Please note that on campus, coloured zones remain in place and should be adhered to.



Please do not come into college unless you have received an email or text from us advising you to attend a COVID test and then your timetabled lessons.  

You must wait until you have received a text and email notification advising you of your test date and time. Until then, please continue with your online learning as we implement our phased return to keep all students and staff safe. 



We are notifying students by email and text of when they are due in college and our processes around all things COVID, including testing and keeping you safe on campus.

Please make sure you regularly check your emails and do not come into college until you have received notification from us to do so.

When you have received your email you will need to make sure you have read it and completed any of the additional information it asks for.

If you are in any doubt, please speak to your lecturer.

In the meantime, please find below links to how we are keeping you safe and what to expect on campus.

Please note, the main refectory on site will be closed.  However, hot and cold drinks and food will be available from Costa at the back of college. 

COVID Pocket Guide

Onsite COVID Video




Following the announcement from Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, we would like to confirm the phased return of cadets and students from Monday 8th March.

In order to facilitate the testing of returning students we will be phasing returns over a three week period. This first phase of return will still be staggered and Heads of School and Course Leaders will be in touch with the relevant groups with the exact date and time of their return. The phased return will therefore include continued remote learning for nearly all students in order to give us capacity and flexibility to ensure students are tested on site.

The priorities will be for the return of Phase 1 Cadets, Cadets finishing their phase by Easter, those preparing for external examinations, and those engaged on practical courses.

The Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST) will continue to operate as it has done during lockdown and students should attend courses as directed on their short course joining instructions.

We value the safety of all of our learners above all else. COVID-Safe protocols guidelines will be still be in operation including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing and we will ensure all students receive a COVID guide to campus.


Sponsoring Companies 

We are in regular contact with all of the sponsoring companies who keep us regularly informed. 

If you are unsure what is happening regarding your next college phase, you should contact your Company Training Officer in the first instance. It is likely they will have a plan in place for your return and they will know the date of your sea phase completion and your proposed return to college. 




Countries added to the list

India will be added to the list 4am, Friday 23 April.

If you arrive in the UK from India before 4am Friday 23 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

Find out how to self-isolate in the place you’re staying and book your coronavirus tests.

From 4am Friday 23 April, if you have been in India in the previous 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British, Irish or third-country national with residency rights. You will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.

Find out how to book a managed quarantine hotel and your coronavirus tests.

If you’re in the UK

You are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK. You are allowed to access Visa and Immigration services as these are considered an essential public service and will continue to operate safely under local and national restrictions.

If you intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and you have a visa or leave that expires by 30th June 2021 you may request additional time to stay, known as ‘exceptional assurance’.

Please submit your request for an exceptional assurance by emailing with the following details:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
  • type of visa
  • expiry date of visa
  • reason for request
  • evidence of flight or evidence showing reason you can’t leave

The subject header of your email should read “Request for an assurance”.

In your email you should attach evidence to show why you cannot leave the UK. For example, if you can’t leave the UK because you can’t find a flight before your leave/visa expires, you’ll need to submit a copy of a confirmed flight ticket. If you can’t leave the UK because you have coronavirus, you’ll need to submit confirmation of your positive coronavirus test result.

During the time in which your request for ‘exceptional assurance’ is pending you will continue on the conditions as per your current or most recently expired visa.

If you are granted ‘exceptional assurance’ it will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after your leave has expired. If conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during the period of your exceptional assurance. Exceptional assurance does not grant you leave. It is a means to protect those who are unable to leave the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions and not to facilitate travel, other than to return home.

If you’ve already been given assurance but your circumstances have changed or you’re unable to leave the UK by the assurance date previously given, you must reapply using the process above. You will need to clearly state that you’re making a subsequent application. You’ll be asked to provide new supporting evidence.




Following yesterday’s announcement by PM, Boris Johnson, we are now in national lockdown. 

This means that learning will now be delivered online, remotely, for all academic sessions.  This will include courses such as HNC/HND, FD, Degrees and Revision courses. Where practical sessions are concerned, your lecturer or marine school contact will be in touch.

If you have additional learning support needs please contact 

If you have issues with IT and access please contact 

If you require counselling support, please contact

For all other queries and concerns, please contact us via LiveChat here on the website, through our social media channels or by telephone.

Keep in touch.  Stay safe.  Look after yourself and others and do your bit to protect the NHS, stop the spread of the virus and save lives.


Further support 

Further information on Coronavirus can be found here.



Please refer to our latest FAQs here. 









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