What you need to know before attending your test

Before you arrive


√ Check the text message confirming the time of your test. Please arrive on time.

√ Check the text message for the location of your test, as the College has several different test sites.

√ Wear a face covering

√ Limit the amount of belongings you bring with you

√ Bring a smartphone if you have one*

√ Bring your student ID badge

√ Bring evidence of your consent email (either on a mobile device or paper version)

√ If you have not already done so, you must register with the NHS. Please go to www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test and follow the steps to create an account. You can do this at any time before your test.

When you arrive

When you arrive, you will be directed to our Welcome Desk, where your ID, consent forms and contact details will be checked

You will then go to our Registration Desk to scan your QR code to register yourself with the NHS.

*staff will have a device to register anyone without a phone or who needs support


Our staff will be on hand to supervise the test. Please note, staff are unable to administer tests.

For information of how to do the test download: How_to_do_your_test_COVID_19_instruction_leaflet_for_schools

This guidance will also be available at the testing facility


You will receive your results within half an hour of the test.

If you are negative: Follow advice from your tutor. Keep an eye open for text messages confirming your second and third tests. Students will be tested again between 3 and 5 days after the first test.

If you are positive: you will need to go home immediately and self-isolate, following the government guidelines. Next of kin will be informed, and an isolation room will be used. Please avoid public transport where possible.

If the test is void: Please inform your tutor, who will need to re-book a test for you as soon as possible.

Barnsley College COVID-19 student helpline number

We have a helpline number for anyone needing further information about this service:

01226 216272

Email: covid@barnsley.ac.uk

Last updated: 20th August 2021