COVID-19 Guidance

Face to Face Teaching

Court Theatre Training Company is currently teaching face to face in line with government regulations which permitted practical based courses to resume from 8 March. The college will continue teaching face to face, which we believe to be in place as in a normal year from now as detailed in the government’s roadmap. In the unlikely event that the roadmap changes or further government advice is issued we will review the situation and update our guidance accordingly.

Prospective Applicants

  1. Are You Still Accepting Applications? Yes, we are still accepting applications for 2021 entry and you can find details on how to apply on our Applying and Audition page. Our Admissions Team are working hard to ensure there is as little disruption to the application process as possible. Please email us on applications@courttheatre.org.uk or call us on 0207 739 6868 for any questions.
  2. The Course Requires an Audition and Interview, What Should I Do? We are currently requesting that all applicants submit a video of their audition. You do not need a hi-spec camera and we will happily accept pieces filmed on a phone; further information can be found on the Applying and Audition page and will be included in your audition invitation email. Interviews are conducted virtually through Zoom.
  3. How Quickly Should I Expect to Get A Decision from You? You should receive a decision on your application from us within 3- 5 working days.
  4. I have Been Made an Offer, Is There A Deadline to Accept It? The signed Registration Form needs to be returned within 8 weeks and no later than 14 June 2021. If you do not send your signed form within this timeframe you may lose your place. If you intend to start the course but are unable to return the form by this date, please contact applications@courttheatre.org.uk to explain your reasons for an extension and we will endeavour to keep your place open. Offers on UCAS must be replied to by 10 June 2021.
  5. I Have Been Accepted, What Happens Now? Once you have accepted your offer by returning your signed Registration Form, you need to begin the Admission Process step-by-step guide. You should make sure you have submitted and accepted your offer on UCAS and started your application for Student Finance if that is how you are funding your studies. Keep an eye for emails and updates from us, as we move closer to the start of your course.

Current Student/Staff Guidance

Please continually check the Gov Coronavirus website for latest updates on restrictions and guidance.

If you start to develop at least one of the below COVID-19 symptoms you must stay at your current place of residency, self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a PCR test. This can be through the Gov website or calling NHS 119. Symptoms as defined by the NHS are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please follow Public Health England’s guidance on self-isolating at home and inform those you live with that they must self-isolate for 10 days and the college that you are isolating. If you test positive, continue to self-isolate and inform the college as soon as possible by texting the COVID-19 Hotline on 07825 868 686 and emailing info@courttheatre.org.uk. If you test negative, return to college when you are feeling well enough.

Finance

  1. I Have Lost My Job, Is There Any Financial Help from The University During This Time? We recognise that the current crisis may have impacted on your financial circumstances. The Court Theatre Training Company Hardship Fund and Equipment Hardship Fund is available to all enrolled students. To apply for support please fill out the Application Form which can be downloaded from the Student Portal. Further information can be found on the Student Support page or contact info@courttheatre.org.uk.

Prevention Measures

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations must be followed by all students and staff to help keep our community safe and assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

In light of face-to-face teaching returning on 8 March 2021 and new government guidelines we have reviewed our COVID-19 Risk Assessment and made the following changes:

  • Wearing a face covering is compulsory in all communal areas and where possible in classes
  • Social distancing is 2 meters where possible

These have been introduced, alongside weekly testing, to help keep our community safe and assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.


Testing

In line with government regulations, from 15 March 2021 twice weekly testing is available to all students and employed staff. Home Test Kits will be available from Wednesday 28 April. Please check the NHS website for further information on regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms.

We encourage participation to help keep our community safe and assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. It is vital that we take all necessary precautions to help prevent the risk of an outbreak so face to face teaching can continue. Please see below further explanation of the importance of testing:

  • About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. LFD tests can detect the virus in people without symptoms and prevent them unknowingly passing it on to others
  • The test involves a simple swab of the month and nose
  • By identifying more people with the virus we can better mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 which will help protect your friends and lecturers, and will allow your college experience to improve more quickly and your education to continue uninterrupted
  • Lots of people taking LFD tests allows us to detect positive cases, take quick action to prevent the spread of coronavirus and break chains of transmission
  • LFDs have been through a rigorous validation programme. Evaluations from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show these tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in colleges
  • Antigen LFD tests are highly specific, meaning that only a small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result
  • More information about understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms is available here

Accomodation

Please contact your accommodation providers and follow their guidance in line with government regulations.

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