Covid-19 Update at Thurrock Adult Community College

Adult learning classes are being delivered using either online or blended learning with some learners back onsite. Please do not come onsite if you have symptoms - only leave home to get tested. The building remains closed to the general public at this time with access restricted to individual classes.

Everyone can get tested regularly with a rapid lateral flow test (LFD), even if you don't have symptoms of Covid-19 and you haven't been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. One in three people with Covid-19 do not experience any symptoms and regular testing can help to stop people spreading the virus unwittingly. If you test positive from an LFD test, you should then get a confirmatory PCR test, that will be sent to a lab to check whether they have Covid-19.

Pharmacy collect scheme - pick-up your LFD test kits:

Walk through sites to pickup your LFD test kits:

Order LFD test kits to be delivered by post:

Full details on getting tested in Thurrock (with or without symptoms):…us-covid-19/getting-test

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 pickup site for test kits under the section for people who do not have symptoms from Thurrock Council's webpage
  • Face coverings are still encouraged in classrooms and communal areas but will be optional from 17 May 2021 onwards.
  • If we receive confirmation of a positive test result from a member of our school community, all close contacts will be sent home immediately and told to isolate for 10 days and Public Health England will be informed
  • The college is open only for learners returning to classes onsite. All other visits by appointment only.

You will see signs around the college that remind you to:

  • 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.
  • Follow social distancing rules – keep the recommended 2 metres from others
  • Sanitise your hands, on arrival before using the toilets,
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, unless you are unable to
  • Respect those who may be unable wear a face covering due to an underlying health condition
  • 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 in your class ‘bubble’ to limit contact with others
  • Follow tutor’s instructions for staggered dismissal when leaving class
  • 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 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? We recommend you email or leave a message on our web chat box as phone lines are very busy. We may need to contact others who are working remotely to answer your query. 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, or book an appointment. 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 Self-Declaration form. If you are having difficulties, 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.
  • 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, where 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

Is the Preschool open?

Our Preschool is open, term-time only with access via the side gate. Need a place for your child? Please call 01375 485868 or email Visit the page for more details.

Operational changes

Our mission is to provide adult education and make a positive difference to local people and their communities. The current Coronavirus situation is an anxious time for everyone. The health, safety and wellbeing of our learners and staff is essential at this time.  As a College we have continue to deliver free online workshops and courses for the local community and have a blended learning approach on a full range of qualification and skills courses, with our College staff equipped to work and teach remotely as well as onsite, following safety guidelines to help adults retrain.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we follow Government guidelines. With restricted capacity onsite, we do recommend that you email any enquiry to as you will receive a faster reply, during normal operating hours, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm

What to Expect

  • Enrolled learners only onsite until further notice. Other general public access by appointment only
  • Test and trace QR code available to scan on arrival, if coming onsite
  • Payments for courses will be taken by card only
  • Increased cleaning regimes, especially in toilets and communal areas
  • Protective screens at the front and side reception desk
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers on reception and outside toilet blocks.
  • Access to the Preschool through the dedicated side gate only.

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
We are still delivering a wide range of online or blended learning courses in the summer term. There are also a large number of free courses and webinars to plan for your future - search 'Careers' or the latest availability and book from the Find A Course page. Courses will start enrolling for 2021-22 by early June.