Lateral Flow Testing for Students

COVID-19 asymptomatic testing programme for colleges and HEI.


As you are a Student at NCL, or the Parent / Guardian of an NCL Student who is under 18 years, we wanted to let you know about the new College/HEIs Asymptomatic Testing Programme, which is being put in place as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in college/HEIs across Scotland, and to give you more information about how the programme will operate in NCL.

For Parents/Guardians of an NCL Student under 18 years of age, who is eligible for testing, we ask that you discuss the contents of this page and the privacy notice for the programme with them. If you and they are content, please ensure that the consent form is completed. This will ensure that your child can participate in testing if he/she wishes to do so.


Why is NCL participating in the programme?


Along with the other protective measures we are implementing to keep our college community safe, regular testing of staff and students will help to further reduce risks for staff and children and young people in our college.

It will do so by helping to identify asymptomatic individuals in college/HEI environments at the earliest possible opportunity, and asking them and their close contacts to self-isolate, thus minimising the likelihood of them passing on the virus.

Who can take part?

The regular testing is open to all NCL staff and students who are regularly attending the NCL premises. The testing programme will also be open to NCL students who are on placement in childcare, or other care settings.

Does everyone have to take part?


Testing is voluntary. No-one who is otherwise permitted to come to NCL campuses will be prevented from doing so just because they do not wish to participate. However, we are strongly encouraging all NCL staff and students who are attending our campuses to participate wherever possible, in order to contribute to the wellbeing of our NCL community.

However, if staff or students are working or learning from home, they should not participate. This is because the programme is intended specifically to reduce risks in the college/HEI environment.

Everybody who is participating must consent in advance to do so. The consent process is being managed digitally and you can access the consent form below:

As part of the consent process, all participants must ensure that they read the NCL Privacy Notice, which can be accessed below

What will the testing involve?


NCL is being provided with a supply of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits by the Scottish Government and the UK Department of Health and Social Care for use at home. We will give each participating staff member and student a supply of these test kits to take home, together with the ‘Instructions for Use’. Each staff member and student will be asked to sign for these in a log at the point of handover. Completion of this test kit log is a regulatory requirement.

We will then ask individuals to test regularly at home, twice a week on Monday and Thursdays – ideally in the morning before attending college.

The tests supplied do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in around 30 minutes. Comprehensive guidance on conducting self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet which will be provided with the test kit. There is a useful video showing participants how to administer the test below:

Once the test has been conducted individuals must log the test result – whether positive, negative or void – online at Tests are free of charge and will be provided by NCL.

What happens next?


We intend to start distributing test kits to staff and students from 10 May 2021, once those who wish to participate have provided consent.  We will confirm arrangements for each campus very soon.

We will continue to support and communicate with our staff, students and NCL communities as we implement this programme. Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing or giving us a call on 0300 555 8080.

In the meantime, some Frequently Asked Questions can be found below.

Your Questions Answered