Covid-19 Update at Thurrock Adult Community College

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Our adult learning classes are being delivered onsite at new venues in Grays and Aveley.   Some courses continue to be offered online, including a wide range of employability sessions and qualification pathways providing flexibility for busy residents juggling work and family life.

Everyone can access asymptomatic COVID-19 tests. Useful links to find your nearest collection site or order home tests to be sent by post can be found on Thurrock Council's webpage. It’s important that you upload your result even if it’s negative, and if you receive a positive lateral flow test that this is confirmed by a PCR test within 48 hours.

Updated Covid-19 Guidance:

From 20th January 2022:
Face masks will no longer be required in any classrooms or other teaching spaces such as workshops. Working from home guidance will end from 27 Jan

From 27th January 2022:
Face coverings will no longer be required in communal areas of FE settings. DPHs will have flexibility to temporarily advise face coverings in communal areas or classrooms as part of contingency arrangements.

The compulsory use of Covid passes at certain events will also end, though venues can still use them if they wish

For more information, please click here

Visiting and learning safely

  • All those who work or study in a school/college are advised to get regular testing, twice weekly. Find your nearest drop-in centre or test kit pickup sites (including pharmacies) under the section for people who do not have symptoms on Thurrock Council's webpage
  • Face coverings are still recommended in communal areas at our new venues.
  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself and others. You can book your vaccine via the NHS online portal.
  • If we receive confirmation of a positive test result from a member of our college community, all close contacts will be sent home immediately and Public Health England will be informed

Please remember:

  • Stay at home if you or a family member is showing symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19. You should only go out to get tested.
  • Wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser available
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth in communal areas, unless you are unable to
  • Go straight to your classroom after sanitising your hands
  • Use disinfectant sprays provided to clean your desk and dispose of wipes in bin
  • Bring and use your own pen and materials in class, if you can
  • Wipe down any IT equipment before and after use
  • Keep your bags and coats close to you, on your own desk
  • Stay alert to risk of infection and the symptoms of Coronavirus
  • Tell your tutor immediately if you start to feel unwell.
  • Get tested regularly - read the 'How to get tested' link on Thurrock Council's page

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 if you are currently attending onsite classes

  • If you test positive during your course (and your course is onsite at the college), please email or call us on 01375 372476 advising when you were last in class, when your symptoms started and the date you tested positive. Stay home and only go out to get tested.

Getting in touch

  • Need to contact the college? Phone lines can get very busy and our teams may need to contact others who are working remotely. We recommend you email or leave a message on our web chat box. Thank you for your patience.
  • Registered your interest for an assessment or have an assessment booked? You will receive a phone call from the college to discuss the next step.
  • Need to enrol or provide paperwork? You can enrol online, from a digital enrolment form or over the phone. Subject to local safety guidelines, you may be able to book an appointment to come onsite. Existing learners can email us at to enrol on enrichment or free online workshops.
  • Need to provide evidence for fee remissions or free courses for low wage earners? Upload your evidence to the digital DLSF or ask for a file upload request or appointment to bring onsite - email
  • Will my class be online or onsite? Our adult education and training classes are being delivered using a blended learning model with a mix of onsite and online learning, adapting to any changes in local safety guidelines to ensure learners continue to access adult learning to achieve their goals.
  • Need to pay? We are now taking card payments only and you can provide your details over the phone including for instalment plan payments. We offer a 10% discount for selected courses paid in full at the time of enrolment (excluding exam fees).
  • Certificate collections: Paper certificates collection dates are being sent out by the Exams Team, when received from examining boards. When e-certificates are received, the Exams Office will forward straight onto learners. Please ensure we have your correct email address on the system. If you have not received your certificate, it is because we have not yet received it from the examining board.
  • Learner Guidance and Support, email
  • Mental Health First Aider for learners, email

Where can I find more Government and health information?

Residents, businesses and visitors in Thurrock should follow government information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance on what to do if you think you are at risk. For more details, please go to Thurrock Council's website for links to the latest government and health agency information and advice.

Adult learning and training courses available all year delivered onsite at new venues in Grays and Aveley or online.
Book from the Find A Course page.