Information and Guidance for International Students

As we look ahead to the new academic year in September 2021, please find detailed below the latest information and advice on travelling to the UK and arrangements within Padworth College.

What are the requirements for travelling to the UK?

The requirements for travelling to the UK are continuously evolving.  From 4.00am on Sunday 9 January, fully vaccinated adults and under 18 year olds no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test or self-isolate if entering England from countries where proof of vaccination is accepted.  They must take a lateral flow test on or before Day 2.

Students aged over 18 years are required to quarantine for 10 days if they are not vaccinated as part of a recognised vaccination programme.  Before travel to England, they must take a PCR test in the 2 days before they travel, complete a Passenger Locator Form and book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test.  On arrival in England, they must take a PCR test on or before Day 2 and on or before Day 8 of their arrival.  They must also quarantine for 10 days.

Is Padworth College open for face-to-face teaching?

Yes!  The College returned to face-to-face teaching at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Who do I speak to about travelling to the College?

Please contact Clare McNally, Registrar at

Is there testing for COVID-19?

All students are required to complete a lateral flow test upon their arrival at the College.  Thereafter, students and staff are being tested on a regular basis.

Do students need to wear a face covering in the College?

Current UK government guidance recommends that face coverings are worn in secondary schools in classrooms and communal areas.  The wearing of face coverings is not however a requirement.  This guidance will be reviewed at the end of January.  At Padworth, students are required to wear face coverings in these areas.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the College?

We continue to ensure that a number of safety measures are in place.  For example, hand sanitiser stations are available around the College.  We also continue to review our programme of weekend trips and excursions, opting for outdoor activities where possible.

Is online learning available?

Padworth Online is no longer available, with all students expected to attend face-to-face classes on campus.

How is the UK managing COVID-19?

The UK has a world-leading vaccination programme.  As at the beginning of January, 52 million people in the UK had received a first dose of the vaccine, 48 million had received a second dose and 36 million had received a booster or third dose.

In response to the Omicron variant, a booster campaign and the vaccination of younger children are now being rolled out.

Can international students receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to children aged 16 and 17 and children aged 12 to 15 (two doses).  International students within these age groups who are registered with a GP are eligible to receive a vaccine against COVID-19, in the same way and meeting the same criteria as UK residents.  Many students at Padworth received their first dose of the vaccine during the Autumn Term.