For Students Planning to Study in Manchester during Coronavirus

We prioritise the health and welfare of all students and staff. To help mitigate coronavirus risks, we have taken a series of measures to make our premises as safe as possible. Procedures will be explained to students before arrival and on their first day at the English Academy. We will endeavour to update this information as things change over the coming weeks and months.

 You can see full details of current restrictions in the Greater Manchester area on the government website here.

Travel to the UK and Coronavirus

Requirements to enter the UK

Everyone currently entering the UK (including UK citizens) must provide:

Find out more on the UK government border control website: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

New self-isolation requirements

From 15 February 2021, these new self-isolation requirements apply to everyone arriving in England:

  • If you have traveled in a country on the banned travel list in the last 10 days, you must self-isolate in a government quarantine hotel for 10 days. You must book this hotel before you travel and book two COVID-19 tests to take during your quarantine.
  • If you’re coming from a country that is not on the banned travel list, you must quarantine at home for 10 days. You must book two COVID-19 tests before you arrive to take during your quarantine.
  • If you’re traveling from Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man (and have not been in any other countries in the last 10 days), you do not need to quarantine.

Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

Covid Measures at the UKMC English Academy

  • Social distancing is 2m throughout UKMC premises (except for people who live together)

  • Face masks must be worn in all common areas, including reception and corridors. Masks are recommended but optional in class.

  • There is a maximum of 6 students and 1 teacher per class to allow social distancing and a maximum of 10 people in reception (including staff).

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer is available on UKMC premises and toilets.

  • In class, the teacher will use ebooks and digital resources. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to class. Students can choose between an electronic book and a paper book. If you choose a paper book, we ask you to not share it with anyone and to keep it to yourself. Same for your pen, paper, etc.

  • Electronic registers have replaced paper ones and sign-in sheets.

  • Please don’t come to school if you have symptoms of Covid19. Stay at home and contact us – we will help you to find a testing center

Covid Measures in Manchester and Student Accommodation

On arrival:

  • Social distancing is 2m around the airport, station, on the street and all public places
  • Face masks must be worn around the airport, station, in all public places and on public transport
  • If you get a taxi from the airport to your new home in Manchester, you will also have to wear a face mask in the taxi.

Face Masks

It is the law in the UK that you must wear a face mask:
· On public transport
· In shops
If you do not wear a mask, you may have to pay a fine. Some restaurants and other places will also ask you to wear a mask.

Public transport

If you take public transport, you will need to wear a face mask (train, bus, train, tram). If you do not wear a mask, you may have to pay a fine.
You can read more about public transport on the Transport for Greater Manchester website here.

Student Accommodation

Our accommodation partners and host families are doing extra cleaning and provide anti-bacterial hand-wash.

Feeling Unwell

If you or someone in your house has symptoms of Covid-19 please tell UKMC English Academy immediately.

Symptoms are:

· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you start to feel unwell when in class, please let us know. If you are at home, we ask you to please not come to the UKMC English Academy and contact us immediately. Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 (staff, hosts or students) must self-isolate at home as per government advice. This means that if you are with a homestay host, if they are sick, you will also have to stay at home. You will be able to stay at your homestay house or student residence.

Please note that if you are required to self-isolate / quarantine during your course, and your period of 14 day quarantine finishes after the end of your course/planned departure date, you must still complete the 14 days (as per the UK ‘Coronavirus Act’). The cost of extending your accommodation and any other costs incurred (for example your return flight) will be your responsibility.