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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest Information for all staff, students and applicants

Due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic access to the College is restricted. Student support and online learning provision continues for all students.

The RCA is undertaking further contingency planning and following current advice from the UK Government, NHS and the World Health Organization.

From 14 October, the government has introduced local COVID alert levels in England.  

All three College campuses remain on alert level medium.

Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in each local COVID alert level. Check the local COVID alert level of your local area to see which level applies to you.

The  measures do not require any changes to the RCA’s provision for term 1 so these activities will continue as planned. The health and safety of our whole RCA community continues to be our first priority, and we are committed to providing students with a fulfilling and engaging RCA experience wherever and however they choose to learn with us this term.

Students who are unable to join on-campus bursts will be supported in accessing their programme online. All programmes have been adapted for online delivery and there is no requirement to physically attend if you are unable to.

Learning and Teaching in academic year 2020/21

The health and safety of our students and staff is at the heart of our decision making at this challenging, unprecedented time. We have worked together to adapt and redesign the delivery of our Programmes to enable our students to emerge with the best possible platform for their careers and further study, in a world that is likely to feel the impact of Covid-19 for some time to come. Our student experience reflects the way that artists and designers are working now, responding to the global pandemic.

While we look forward to welcoming new and progressing students back to London, and are committed to offering onsite access where it is safe, we do recognise that some students may not be able to join us in person due to ongoing Covid-related issues that may apply to their individual circumstances. We will ensure that under these circumstances, you will still be able to study and attend classes online for the duration of the academic year 2020/21. Click here to find out full details of our plans for Term 1.

Hands, face, space

We all need to stay alert in order to control the virus and save lives.

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. From 14 October, the government introduced local COVID alert levels in England.  Read more about what you can and can't do on the UK Government website

Travelling on public transport 

If you need to travel, Transport for London is asking people to consider walking or cycling and has a number of online resources to help.

Latest advice on self-isolation if you have symptoms 

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

If you do need urgent advice:

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 10 days 

Use the 111 online coronavirus service. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.


Travel  advice is being kept under constant review.

Please continue to refer to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s official guidance on travel

Following the announcement that passengers returning or visiting from low-risk destinations will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published the full list of countries that are now exempted.

 All passengers, except those on the list, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.